New Hampshire, Vermont reach accord on ATV crossings over Connecticut River

By John Koziol
Union Leader Correspondent
July 04. 2017 11:20PM
With Vermont in their rearview mirrors, a group of ATV riders on June 30 cross the Vermont/New Hampshire state line in Stratford on the Town Common Road Bridge over the Connecticut River. (John Koziol/Union Leader Correspondent)

STRATFORD — A group of all-terrain vehicle riders recently took a short but significant trip across the Connecticut River.

Although the distance traveled from the North Stratford Town Common to Debanville’s General Store and Café in Bloomfield, Vt., could be measured in yards, not miles, it nonetheless represented an historic achievement: an agreement between the states of New Hampshire and Vermont that lets riders cross the state line to access businesses.

It is expected that in the future a similar pact will let ATV riders cross from Colebrook into Lemington, Vt., and that eventually riders on Ride the Wild, which boasts 1,000 miles of interconnected trails, will be able to access ATV trails in Vermont.

Stratford resident Clint Hurd, who in his star-spangled, flag bedecked side-by-side ATV led about a dozen other riders in their June 30 foray into Bloomfield, said the pact among the Vermont ATV Sportsman's Association, the NH Trails Bureau, the NH Department of Transportation and the Vermont Agency of Transportation, is “a good thing.”

Prior to the agreement, Hurd said it was illegal for ATV riders to operate on the bridge that connects Bloomfield and North Stratford.

Harry Brown, who many in the North Country consider to be the father of Ride The Wild, hailed the crossing of the Connecticut as “an awesome occasion.”

Brown added that the credit belongs to Ted Burns, who is the trail administrator of the North Country ATV club and to Danny Hale, the head of the Vermont ATV Sportsman's Association.

Phil Scott, Vermont’s governor, also received praise from Brown for being “extremely receptive to tourism” and appreciating the economic boom that could come to Vermont.

“The real great thing is that the two states are starting to work together,” Brown summed up.


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