It’s not just about the ATV riding, it’s about the mud. And the live entertainment, food, beer, mud pits, and helicopter rides. And so much more. There is so much going on at the Jericho ATV Festival that you will have to camp there all weekend so you can enjoy it all. New Hampshire is a fantastic place to spend a summer day riding through the muddy trails of Jericho Mountain State Park because the weather isn’t as hot there as it is in some areas of the country.
With over 80 miles of trails, mud racing, and demo rides of the newest bikes not even on the market yet, you will be in heaven at the Jericho ATV Festival in early August. The ATV Big Air Tour is also a part of Jericho’s entertainment where professional ATV riders show off their “big air” skills for two 45-minute shows both nights. You’ll see some big air flips, flops, and flying and you can even do a meet and greet with the riders for autographs and pics.
Besides ATV riding, you can also enjoy vintage ATVs, poker runs, and even helicopter rides. The vendors will be out and about in force showing off their newest bikes and other products. You can even take a ride on some ATVs that have not even hit the stores yet. Air shows, block parties, an obstacle course, and so much more to see. Bring the kids too, they will love the Kid’s Zone.
In previous years, tickets for the Jericho ATV Festival have been about $15 per person, including the concert. Kids six and under have been free with a paid adult. If you just come for the concert, it is $10. Camping is extra, and the prices vary. For an RV site, it is typically around $25 per night. However, there are only a few sites altogether, so you should reserve a spot way in advance if you plan to stay onsite.
Just off of NH-110, you’ll find the Jericho ATV Festival at Jericho Mountain State Park. You will be just 22 miles from White Mountain National Forest, which boasts 1,200 miles of hiking, 400 miles of ATV trails, and 23 different campgrounds. And 26 miles to the north, you can find the Nash Stream Forest Natural Area, which has almost 40,000 acres of protected area and eight miles of ATV trails.
Motorists will likely find plenty of parking at Jericho Mountain State Park, and it has been free in the past. As a state park, there are specific rules and regulations about where you can park, so make sure you follow the instructions online. Typically, it has been along West Milan Road (or NH-110), Loon Road, and Jericho Road. If you are lucky enough to be camping on the property, you won’t have to worry about parking, though, so make sure you reserve a spot early.
Due to the remote nature of Jericho Mountain State Park, public transportation may be somewhat limited. There are public bus services in Berlin, but they only run on weekdays. If you are staying at a nearby campground, you might prefer a smaller campervan or Sprinter to help with mobility. Need to bring your toy hauler to this ATV Festival? Consider using your tow vehicle to travel between locations.
Jericho Mountain State Park has 20 campsites, but only nine of them are RV compatible. Of those, the RV length limits vary from 24 to 40 feet in length. All of the sites are pet-friendly, as long as you keep your furbaby on a leash or restrained. Each site has its own picnic table and fire ring with a grill for cooking. A shower house with hot water and modern restrooms are available nearby, and there are also several potable water spigots within walking distance. You will also be close to Jericho Lake and the swimming beach.
With only 20 campsites, not everyone is going to be able to get a spot at the park. However, you will be happy to know there are more than a dozen campgrounds within 30 miles of the park with RV access. Many of them have utilities, restrooms, and some even have showers and other amenities. In addition, the Twin Mountain / Mt. Washington KOA offers over 100 campsites, most with full hookups and within a 45-minute drive. They also have a playground, pool, game room, and a Kamp K9 for your furry friends.
While many people will be riding ATVs around, you can also get a ride from the bus that takes you from the parking lot to the main areas of the festival. There are 12 bus stops along NH-110 and NH-16 for your convenience. You can also walk or ride a bike or scooter, 4x4, side by side, or OHV. But make sure you follow the rules of the park.
You may want to pack a lot of t-shirts and comfortable outdoor gear because you are going to get muddy. Even if you don’t get on an ATV all weekend, you are probably going to get some mud on you somehow. Most people who are riding wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts as well as pads and helmets for safety. And be sure to pack the proper shoes for mudding and riding.
Pack your basic needs in a backpack so you can keep your hands free for riding, carrying your food and water, and doing other fun things at the festival. You can bring water, snacks, and whatever you may need in your pack but no alcohol or glass. You’ll also want to pack your camping needs like lanterns, coolers, and flashlights as well as a camp stove for the campground in the RV.
Are you attending the Jericho ATV Festival to find your new favorite mud-slinger or do you plan to bring one? Both are great options, so remember to bring equipment for hauling your gear and securing it properly.
You will definitely need to wear your safety gear when riding your ATV. In addition, have sunblock to keep from getting sunburned while out and about in Jericho Mountain State Park. Sunglasses and a hat can help keep the sun off as well. Insect repellent is also essential for being out in the park as well as at the campground. Ticks and mosquitoes are hungry this time of year. Pack a first aid kit as well just in case.
Depending on where you are camping, you may or may not have access to cooking needs like electric and water hookups or a grill. The park does not have any utilities, but many of the nearby campgrounds do. However, bring a camp stove or BBQ pit just in case. And you will be able to get into town just five miles away for anything you may have forgotten.
There is a deli within walking distance of the park that has some fantastic sandwiches and other food. If you would rather have pizza, there are three places within a few miles of Jericho Mountain State Park. Other choices include a bakery, a couple of Asian food places, a pub, and several fast food joints.
Whether you are looking for a snack, a meal, or a cold drink, you won’t have to look far. Jericho ATV Festival is famous for its fantastic food vendors with barbecue, burgers, brats, and beer. Hungry riders will also find plenty of snack foods like nachos, popcorn, pork rinds, and all kinds of deep-fried foods on and off the stick. The merchandise vendors will be out in force too with all kinds of new products, and you can even try out some of them yourself.
The City of Berlin and Jericho Mountain State Park have special rules during the festival. For example, ATVs and OHVs are allowed on the streets during certain hours. Other rules can be found on the Jericho ATV Festival website. Whether you have a cooler or backpack, they are subject to search at any time by security. No drugs, weapons, fireworks, or drones are allowed.
New Hampshire is one of the best places to be in the summertime because it does not get as hot here as it does most everywhere else. Typical highs range in the 80s with the lows in the lower 60s. Rain is frequent in the afternoons, and there is always a chance of a spot thunderstorm. It is best to check the weather forecast before packing for your trip.
Jericho Mountain State Park, the Androscoggin Valley Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Berlin all come together to provide medical personnel for the festival. With everyone riding ATVs and other off-road vehicles, somebody may get hurt, and if they do, the park is prepared. If you need a doctor or a place to get a prescription filled, there are several hospitals and an urgent care center less than five miles from the park.