New Hampshire: Jericho Mountain State Park

Berlin, N.H.

In the Northeastern United States, a premier destination awaits for ATV, trail bike, and utility-terrain vehicle users. Jericho Mountain State Park, in Berlin, N.H., is one of the newest additions to the New Hampshire State Park system and promises lots of excitement.

Purchased with funds from off-highway vehicle registrations, this 7,500-acre park is the first state park with a primary designated use of OHV trail riding.

Jericho Mountain currently offers more than 50 miles of riding geared to all ability levels. Trails range from smooth and open roads to tight and twisting trails that pass over rocky streams and up to commanding vistas. Visitors can also enjoy a swim down at the beach, as well as fishing or canoeing on Jericho Lake. Several picnic and toilet facilities are located throughout the park.

Jericho Mountain State Park has only been open for three years, so this is just the beginning of an exciting future for the park—with a goal of 140 miles of trails, a new visitor’s center, improved beach facilities, canoe rentals, and an events area with a competitive mud pit already in progress.

Plans also include a 200-site campground for recreational vehicles, pop-ups and tents, as well as several remote ride-to tent sites. Until the park’s campground is completed, overnight visitors can take advantage of several other state parks in the region. State park campgrounds offer tent sites, RV sites and even yurts available for rent. There are other accommodations with local lodging properties available within a 20-mile radius.

Jericho Mountain has quickly become the hub of trail riding for the Great North Woods Region of the state. Within this region are several other public trail systems offering hundreds of additional trail miles, which are operated by various clubs.

Riders should be aware that some of these trail systems only allow ATVs and UTVs—they don't allow motorcycles. Many of the trails in this region are in timber and logging areas, so riders will want to use caution.

Recently, the city of Berlin opened a connecting route from Jericho Mountain leading through downtown to the 20-mile Success Trail on the other side of the city. Riders can ride directly to food, fuel, and other services. All state and city laws for riding apply.

Jericho Mountain State Park is open for riding during the summer, fall, and winter, but is closed for "mud season," which lasts from the end of winter snow cover to May 23. Riders in New Hampshire will need to make sure that their OHV is registered, and take note of the special laws regarding children.

The park is off State Route 110, just a few miles northwest of downtown Berlin, and a 3½-hour drive from Boston.

Jericho Mountain State Park is operated by the New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation‘s Bureau of Trails, with help from the Androscoggin Valley ATV Club.

The park's website includes detailed information about the park, including a map of the property, and is an excellent resource for finding rules, registration requirements, riding areas, and other OHV questions about riding in New Hampshire.

For more information, call the bureau directly at (603) 271-3254, e-mail nhtrails@dred.state.nh.us, or visit www.nhtrails.org.