It’s almost Memorial Day weekend, and while ATV trails like this one in Caribou would usually be open, that isn’t the case this year.
“It’s been a very long winter as we all know, and right now spring has not been in our favor if we’re outdoor enthusiasts, it’s very wet. And unfortunately, a lot of the ATV trails in the region go across private land and farmland and they’re just not ready to open,” says Kathy Mazzuchelli the Superintendent of the Caribou Parks and Recreation Center.
Mazzuchelli says the wet weather has delayed the farmers. She adds that it’s also not safe for ATV riders to be out while there is farm equipment on the fields.
“We have a lot of agricultural land as do other clubs. They’re behind, and we’re respectful that they’re allowing us to recreate on their land, so we would like to see them get planted first,” says Mazzuchelli.
There is some good news though. Mazzuchelli says the director of the All Terrain Vehicle Program for the state says the Bangor and Aroostook Trail will be open this weekend.
“People can get into the Caribou area around Bennett drive, they can get up to Van Buren, they can get to Stockholm, to Washburn,” says Mazzuchelli.
As for the closed trails, Mazzuchelli says the Aroostook Valley trail will be closed. The CP rail that the Presque Isle group manages will be closed. In Caribou, the Limestone Connector trail, Gurette Bouchard Trail, and Cross-Town Connector Trails are all closed until further notice.
“For right now, we just have to check our ATV, make sure it’s ready to ride, get them registered, check trail signage maybe if you can later on and wait a week or two before the season starts,” says Mazzuchelli.
Ensuring it’s a safe and enjoyable season for everyone involved.