Many of our guests enjoy driving through NH’s White Mountains to view our fabulous scenery, while others head out early to climb one of our 4,000 footers. Some board The Cog Railway to ascend to the top of Mt. Washington and many explore the breathtaking Flume Gorge. But our most adventurous guests looking for a day of fun zipping down trails with incredible views head up to Jericho State Park for an incredible day of ATV riding.
And we can personally attest that it’s one of the most fun days you’ll have taking in our beautiful natural surroundings. Last summer the four of us loaded up our Polaris 2 seat ATV and headed up to Gorham and Northeast ATV Rentals to rent another Polaris Razor for the day. After a brief video and picking out helmets, we followed their guide down the streets of Gorham on the ATVs to the trailhead and the fun began. If you’ve never driven an ATV down the main streets of a town in line with passenger vehicles, it’s an odd feeling at first but you quickly get used to it. It’s part of the norm here in the Gorham and Berlin and the drivers watch out for the ATVs.
Jericho has hundreds of miles of ATV trails, a beautiful lake where you can also rent canoes and kayaks and one incredible view after another. The trails are very well laid out offering various terrain providing a great day of riding. You never feel bored like it’s one long trail offering the same view, it’s constantly changing. Navigating boulders, avoiding (or ploughing through) mud holes, slow rides down tree lined sections with appreciated shade and ascending open mountain top trails leading to a warming hut and bathroom facilities with these incredible views all round out the perfect day.
We entered Jericho in Gorham but there are entrances in Berlin as well. We decided to do the entire loop leaving Jericho in Berlin (again driving down the streets of Downtown Berlin on our ATVs) and looped over to the railroad bed which follows along the Androscoggin River. Along that route, there is a side road leading to this beautiful waterfall. Back on the trail heading toward Gorham, you’ll cross a bridge spanning the river and back into the park. All in all, a beautiful day of fun in our New Hampshire’s White Mountains.
Whether you bring your own ATVs here to Bear Mountain Lodge (we gave spaces for trailer parking) or you rent them from Northeast ATV, we hope you’ll come visit us and enjoy a trip to Jericho State Park this season – open from May 23rd to November 11, 2014. Happy riding!