DATE: October 17, 2012 - Metallak ATV Club
The Metallak All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Club announces the closing of its OHRV trail system effective Monday, October 29, 2012 in the Towns of Stewartstown and Dixville. Upon the closing of the trails, remedial work will commence immediately to repair and enhance the trail system after its first year of use so that they will be ready for the opening of next years season on May 18, 2013.
The club is very proud of its accomplishments this year, as it was formed less than a year ago, on December 15, 2011. In that short period of time, it has raised in excess of $100,000 exclusively for OHRV trail construction as an economic stimulus. A large part of this money came from local businesses that believe in this stimulus by becoming Charter Members of the club by contributing at least $ 1,000. We are extremely thankful to them and they are: Diamond Peaks Motel & Store, Lemieux Garage, Northern Comfort Motel, LaPerles IGA Plus, Brooks Chevrolet, Spa Restaurant and Outback Pub, First Colebrook Bank, Northern Tire, Colebrook Development Corp, Hicks Lumber, Log Haven Campground Restaurant & Lounge, First Run Home Entertainment, Bridge Street Gym & Fitness Center/HD Indoor Golf, Dancing Bear Pub & River Edge Inn & RV Sites, Northwoods Truckstop, Bond Auto Parts, Tallmage Plumbing and Heating/Ledges Motel, Moose Muck Coffee House, Lucas Leighton Construction, and Poulin Sales. Additional sources of funding were the Neil & Louise Tillotson Fund, the New Hampshire Trails Bureau in the Form of a Grant in Aid, which is funded by OHRV registrations, and a Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grant, which is also administered by the NH Trail Bureau. So far, four landowners have made this new trail system possible and they are Lloyd Howe, Northern Pass, Balsams LLC, and Bayroot LLC.
This significant undertaking would also not have been possible without countless hours of work by the many volunteers of the Metallak OHRV Club and the guidance from the staff of the New Hampshire Trails Bureau.
Planning and construction is currently underway for expansion of the system to Colebrook proper and to Diamond Peaks on Route 26. The rail bed from Colebrook to Cannan is in the final stages of construction and will be available for riding next year. The club, local businesses, and the residents are excited and very thankful for this new opportunity for additional business opportunities and jobs.
It is the belief of the club that this trail system will offer a unique riding experience for recreational riders from throughout the eastern United States. The riding season is greater than six months and it is not reliable on a natural cover to participate, such as snowmobiling. In addition, participants have very limited riding opportunities south of the notches in New Hampshire and in states south of our border. We truly view this will be an economic stimulus to the Great North Woods, similar to the opening of a new factory.