New Hampshire Seeking Ride-Friendly Campground
March 16, 2012
Filed under Camping News
The New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation’s Bureau of Trails is seeking a private-public partnership for the development and management of a proposed campground at Jericho Mountain State Park in Berlin, New Hampshire. The park is located within the White Mountains and is the central hub property for Coos Counties’ Off-Highway Recreational Vehicle (OHRV) trails and proposed regional trail system.
The Master Development Plan for the property includes a campground of up to 200 sites, which would cater to the off-road community and other campers. Jericho Mountain State Park is being developed with the target audience of ATVs and approximately half of the proposed 140 miles of trails have been completed. The park is host to the annual Jericho ATV Festival in July and also hosts a concentration of snowmobile corridor and primary trails.
The Bureau of Trails is spearheading the search for the Division of Parks and Recreation to find a private partner to build and develop the campground as well as run the facility through a lease from the Division for an initial 20-year term.
“The increase in ATV and OHRV recreational trails in northern New Hampshire is providing for a great economic opportunity for local businesses that accommodate off-road recreational trail users. The addition of this highly needed camping facility would greatly complement the existing and future opportunities in the region,” stated Bureau of Trails Chief Chris Gamache.
The Bureau anticipates that if a successful bidder were found, construction would begin this spring with occupancy for initial sites possibly being ready by late summer of 2012. The Request for Proposals, draft lease and other documents can all be found on the Division of Parks & Recreation’s website www.nhstateparks.org, under Jericho Mountain State Park.