Bicycling in the Adirondacks

If you can ski it, drive it or hike it - chances are you can bike it.
Mountain Biking Trails In The Adirondacks
Jamie West McGiver
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
Tandem Biking in the Adirondacks
Rich Shapiro

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 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

Cycle Adirondacks - Regional
This week-long road cycling tour through the Adirondacks is hosted by the Wildlife Conservation Society and welcomes hundreds of riders to explore by day and enjoy the region by night. The route is predetermined and features between 26 to 65 miles of riding a day. Each participant's gear is transported from one place to the next, and meals and entertainment are provided. 

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.

Mountain Biking - Tupper Lake Region
In upstate New York, Tupper Lake offers an abundance of mountain and road biking. There are many scenic byways and trails connecting surrounding towns, most notably the Adirondack Trail that is a direct passage between Tupper Lake and Malone.

Malone-Tupper Lake Adirondack Trail - Malone Region
The perfect atmosphere for locals and visitors alike, cycling in the Malone region includes exciting trails around Titus Mountain and a 188-mile scenic by-way leading right into the heart of the Adirondack Park.

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.

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

Mt. Pisgah - Saranac Lake Region
The Saranac Lake Region boasts some of the best cycling in the area. From the mud-covered trails on Mt. Pisgah to the Franklin Falls Loop, there is something for everyone.

Whiteface Mountain Bike Park - Lake Placid Region
Whiteface Mountain Bike Park offers riding for all abilities and styles of riding, from hardcore downhill 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.

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