- Associated Press - Sunday, May 22, 2016

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Most of New Hampshire’s trails for off-highway recreational vehicles are opening for the season.

New Hampshire has more than 1,200 miles of trails throughout the state, with the largest network in the Great North Woods region. While trails in and around Pittsburg will remain closed until Friday, most of the other trails around the state will be open on Monday.

Dubbed “Ride the Wilds” by its many promoters, the trail network is touted as being one of the largest off-highway recreational vehicle (OHRV) networks in the country.

“Beyond the sheer size and breathtaking scenery, what makes this trail network a national destination for OHRV riders is that it affords easy and convenient access to restaurants, local shops, gas stations and other northern New Hampshire destinations by allowing riders to drive on many local roads,” said Stephen Clorite, president of the North Country OHRV Coalition.

The Ride the Wilds network was developed by 11 nonprofit OHRV clubs, whose members maintain the trails on a volunteer basis. There is no fee for accessing the trail network and several businesses offer OHRV rentals and guided tours.

Bureau of Trails Chief Chris Gamache says the volunteer clubs have been working hard to prepare for the riding season. He reminds users to stay on established trails, pay attention to posted signs and ride responsibly.

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