Bicycling in the Adirondacks

If you can ski it, drive it or hike it - chances are you can bike it.
Biking in the Adirondacks

Tandem bike rentals are available in Saranac Lake

Rich Shapiro
Mountain Bike the Adirondacks
www.BarkeaterTrails.org
Pushing the limits

My husband,Aaron had just bought his new Cervelo bike at Placid Planet Bikes and was out for his first long ride on the Lake Placid Iron Man cycle route, with me tagging along in the car as his "soigneur". He ventured off onto a side road and as I waited for him at the top of the hill, water bottles ready and camera in hand, I luckily was able to get a shot of him climbing with this great view of the mountains behind him.

Monic Buettner

The Adirondack Region is a premier destination for mountain and road biking. Now, not all Adirondack hiking trails within the Adirondacks allow bicycles - but the ones that do are fast gaining notoriety as a great place to learn, train and explore.

Adirondack Mountain Biking

Experiencing the Adirondacks by bike offers an incredible way to see the region. Easy, moderate and advanced biking trails wind through boreal forests, cross streams and navigate switch-backs. Biking clubs and organizations have constructed trails that incorporate the landscape naturally - offering a one-of-a-kind playground for two-wheels.

Get off the beaten path in the Adirondack Lakes region. Test your shocks in the Moose River Plains. Expand your limits, and have a great time doing it.

Adirondack Road Biking

Road biking routes often stretch through some of the most picturesque vistas the Adirondack Region has to offer. Pedal past deep Adirondack lakes, soaring mountain peaks and through pristine wilderness without leaving the road. Along the way, you'll travel through our charming villages, past farmer's markets - which make an excellent stop for lunch - and meet fellow road bikers.

Suit up for a multi-day scenic tour along the Lake Champlain Bikeway or take your road bike for a spin through Lake George. Fourteen New York Scenic Byways wind through the region's six-million-acres - through the Adirondack Wild, along the St. Lawrence Seaway and down the Adirondack Coast.

Local bike shops provide maps, information, gear and more. Whether you're a first time visitor or a life-long cyclist - touring on two wheels is an incredible way to see this wild Adirondack wilderness.

  • Warren County Bikeway (PDF) - Download - A 12-mile bikeway stretching from downtown Glens Falls to Lake George Village. Includes information on the Feeder Canal Park Heritage Trail.
  • Feeder Canal Park Heritage Trail (PDF) - Download - A 9-mile trail following a section of the original 1820s canal system. Connects to the Warren County Bikeway.

Biking in the Adirondack Regions

Lake Champlain Bikeways - Adirondack Coast
The network includes a total of 35 loops and tours ranging from 10 to 60 miles in length, in addition to the Champlain Bikeway, a 363-mile principal route around the entire Lake and along the Richelieu River to Chambly, Québec.

St. Lawrence County - Adirondack Seaway
Whether you are a leisure rider looking for a nice country road to explore, you are a hard-core biker looking for a challenging day-long trip; St. Lawrence County has the best of both to discover.

Adirondack Lakes Region
Explore old truck trails, logging roads and wooded single-track over 18 trails.

Moose River Plains - Adirondack Wild
You'll find mountain and road biking routes in Hamilton County. Admittedly, there are more mountain biking routes because so much of the Adirondack Wild is comprised of public land. Challenge yourself on the hills or power through the Moose River Plains.

Whiteface Mountain Bike Park - Lake Placid Region
Whiteface Mountain Bike Park offers riding for all abilities and styles of riding, from hard core dh, to gentle cruisers, great cross country trails and everything in between. A total of 27 very different trails, and the most vertical in the east with a whopping 2,476 feet.

Gore Mountain Ski Resort - Lake George Region
Enjoy challenging terrain, serviced by the Northwoods Gondola, descends 1700' vertical.

Additional trail information:
BiketheByways.org and BikeAdirondacks.org.

Bicycling Listings

Twenty-two miles of free, groomed cross-country ski and snowshoe trails. These trails are great for mountain biking and hiking when there is no snow. Pavilion with basketball court becomes an ice...
Inlet, NY
Full service bike shop offering expertise service and rentals
Plattsburgh, NY
The "Loop" passes through a working tree farm of mixed hard woods & conifers owned by International Paper Co. The outer "loop" is 14 miles long, while the inner "Kunjamuck Loop", which passes by...
Speculator, NY
Offering bait, camping gear, beach gear and bicycle rentals. Also NYS Fishing and Hunting licenses.
Lake George, NY
A full service bicycle shop with bike rentals as well as ski, skate and snowshoe rentals. Also a florist shop with specialty gifts & greeting cards.
Inlet, NY
Multi-use facility includes Caroline Fish Memorial Trails, single track mountain bike trail, hike, walk, cross-country ski, snowshoe on 11km trails. Dynamite Hill downhill ski, ice skating,...
Chestertown, NY
Bike, Ski and Snowboarding shop offer rentals and tune-ups.
Plattsburgh, NY
Full service cycling, canoeing, hockey, ski and kayak shop.
Plattsburgh, NY
Fully guided recreational road bike trips throughout Warren County and the Adirondack Region. Intimate group tours include "loops" and "point to point" rides.
Lake George, NY
Ski and Bike shop offer top of the line gear.
Plattsburgh, NY
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