It has been our experience that once a club loses connectivity to its neighboring clubs they dissolve and that no amount of effort put forth by ATV Maine, the Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry, the Warden Service or even a local town council has been able to get another club started in those areas. Through the graces of private landowners that allow access and the volunteer efforts of thousands of club members, the State of Maine as a whole has benefited by the creation of the largest interconnected ATV Trail system in the country. It has only been during the last couple of years that many of the long sought after connections that make it possible to go on multi day ATV Trips have come to fruition.
This benefits not just the riders but the businesses along the trail. ATV riders don’t just want to ride ATV’s in a circle! We stop at restaurants, gas stations, campgrounds, hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, you name it. Many towns are opening their doors to our industry. In fact, the money spread around by ATV’ers ends up in the hands of the small rural business owners who need it the most to make a profit.
Businesses and sporting camps are turning towards the ATV industry for business to make up for the hunters and other sportsmen they have lost over the past decade. Others are more obvious like the ATV dealers and rental businesses and the contractors we hire to maintain the trails.