North Country
6:00 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Gorham Opens Arms, Streets (Ideally Cash Registers) To ATV Tourists

Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR
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Starting as early as Thursday ATV enthusiasts will be able to ride on some streets in Gorham. It is part of a plan to increase tourism in the North Country.

State officials have given final approval for ATVs to drive on parts of Main Street and Route 2 in Gorham.

The idea is to make it easy for ATV riders to enjoy a network of trails in the North Country called “Ride the Wilds” and then easily get into town, says Gorham town manager Robin Frost.

“We have plenty of lodging, we have plenty of restaurants for them to eat at, they can now go to the hotel, motel, leave their vehicle there, jump on the ATV and be on the trail in minutes.”

ATVs are already allowed on some streets in Berlin, Colebrook and Pittsburg.

About 700 miles of ATV trails in Coos County have been linked to create the “Ride The Wilds” network.