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In N.H.’s North Country, ATVs may boost economy

By combining trails to create a 700-mile network, county makes a bid to rev up business for tourism industry

STEWARTSTOWN, N.H. — For decades, scattered trails for all-terrain vehicles have traversed mountain ridges and slipped through remote forests of New Hampshire’s northernmost county. Now those fragments have been linked in an effort to boost a long-struggling economy by offering ATV enthusiasts not only a reason to visit the region, but also to stay.

An effort led by North Country residents has connected the trails into a 700-mile network that aims to convert day-tripping ATV tourists into weeklong vacationers who will spend money in Coos County hotels, restaurants, gas stations, and other businesses.

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