ExploringNH was formed in 2007 to provide information on responsible and legal off-road driving in NH.
We are run by a small group of individuals who have a passion for the outdoors and the great state of NH. Although the site is primarily focused on 4×4 vehicles and off-road driving we are also into hiking, kayaking, world traveling, and basically anything else that can get us outdoors. Everyone in the management owns and drives some sort of modified 4×4 and can be found out on the trails almost every weekend. Of course, that is when they aren’t planning the next big event or managing the website and forum. We can also be found frequently embarking on crazy expeditions around the globe. From abandoning the roads in search of some lost trains to taking dual sport motorcycles from CA to NH to driving an antique Land Rover Defender to Colombia, we are out there doing things, not just talking about it. We want to make adventures like these more accessible to everyone.
Recent Trail Rides:
We welcome all makes and models. In addition to trail runs, we also do camping trips, long term expeditions, Tread Lightly! training, and off-road driving training sessions.
Tread Lightly! and its partners lead a national initiative to protect and enhance recreation access and opportunities by promoting outdoor ethics to heighten individuals’ sense of good stewardship. Tread Lightly!’s goal is to balance the needs of the people who enjoy outdoor recreation with our need to maintain healthy ecosystems and thriving populations of fish and wildlife. The scope of their work includes both land and water, and is representative of nearly every form of outdoor recreation including, but not limited to hunting, recreational shooting, fishing and boating. They also have a niche in promoting safe and responsible use of motorized and mechanized vehicles in the outdoors.
Travel Responsibly on land by staying on designated roads, trails and area. Go over, not around, obstacles to avoid widening the trails. Cross streams only at designated fords. when possible, avoid wet, muddy trails. On water, stay on designated waterways and launch your watercraft in designated areas.
Respect the Rights of Others including private property owners, all recreational trail users, campers and others so they can enjoy their recreational activities undsiturbed. Leave gates as you found them. Yield rightof way to those passing your or going uphill. On water, respect anglers, swimmers, skiers, boaters, divers and those on or near shore.
Educate Yourself prior to your trip by obtaining travel maps and regulations from public agencies. Plan for your trip, take recreation skills classes and know how to operate your equipment safely.
Avoid Sensitive Areas on land such as meadows, lakeshores, wetlands and streams. Stay on designated routes. This protects wildlife habitats and sensitive soils from damage. Don’t disturb historical, archeological or paleontological sites. On water, avoid operating your watercraft in shallow waters or near shorelines at high speeds.
Do Your Part by modeling appropriate behavior, leaving the area better than you found it, properly disposing of waste, minimizing the use of fire, avoiding the spread of invasive species and repairing degraded areas.