After a rainy start to the summer we finally had a beautiful, sunny, warm day. My friends and I were feeling adventurous and wanted to do some mountain biking. We searched for different options and decided Fern Park in Inlet had what we were looking for.
Fern Park is a free recreation park located on Loomis Road in Inlet, just off of South Shore Road. It has a mountain bike trail system (and in the winter, cross-country ski trails) that can go on for miles. There are different trails labeled beginner, intermediate, and difficult, and you can pick up a trail map that shows you the layout of the trail system. Fern Park has a great location, being right around the corner from Petals & Pedals, a bike, flower, and gift shop. This was perfect for us because some of us needed to rent bikes before we could begin our adventure.
We parked the car and started out at Petals & Pedals, the most unique bike shop I have ever been in. It was my first time there, and now that I have been there, I am disappointed that it took me all this time to visit. I could have spent a lot more time in there looking around and shopping, but we wanted to get biking. Ted is very friendly and very informative about the Inlet and the Fern Park trails. He took out a map and outlined where we should go, and what trails would fit our level of experience. I can't say we have much experience.
Renting bikes from the store is quick and easy. Ted will fit you and he charges a very reasonable price. I needed a new bike helmet so I found one I liked. He fitted me and I left with a great deal. He has everything you need, from bike replacement parts, backpacks and other gear, or a gift for mom or dad. After we were all set, he pointed us in the right direction to Fern Park, which was only a quarter of a mile bike ride from the bike shop, and we took off.
As we turned into Fern Park, I was surprised to see much more development than just the start to mountain biking trails. There are basketball courts, which become an ice rink with a heating shack in winter, public restrooms, a playground, and mountain bike trails, which are transformed into groomed cross-country ski or snowshoe trails. We chatted about how we needed to come back and visit Fern Park in different seasons to experience all it had to offer, as we started on our bikes.
Going biking on the first nice day after two weeks of rain wasn't the brightest idea. We did a lot of walking and hiking with our bikes through mud holes and large puddles. Note to self: Always pack an extra pair of socks and shoes! Not even 10 minutes into our ride, my feet were completely soaked.
Once we got to a higher elevation the trails seemed to be dryer and the riding was much more enjoyable. The ride to the bottom was fun because of the sharp turns in the trails and the speed that we were going downhill really got our adrenaline pumping. Carrying our bikes over trees, getting covered in mud, and having Skylar fall completely off her bike only added to the laughs and memories made on our adventure.
When we got back to the bottom we road the quarter mile back into town. We went right down the road to Arrowhead Park, on Fourth Lake, then rode down to the water and enjoyed the view. Bonus: The park is a WiFi hotspot! It's a great spot to check your phone when you may not have great service in Inlet. We spent some time on the benches, taking pictures and relaxing. Eventually hunger struck and it was time to move on to our next stop.
After we dropped our bikes off at Petals & Pedals we walked next door to Screamen Eagle for pizza and a post-ride drink. I have heard from multiple people how great the food was, and they have 50 beers on tap! We decided we couldn't go wrong with this pick. We devoured some delicious pizza and wings as we laughed about our day and how we ended up here. We mostly laughed about Skylar's yard sale and her falling off the bike. We all decided one of the beauties of living in the Adirondacks is you never know where each day will take you if you are looking for an adventure. We were certainly glad our day took us to explore Fern Park and Inlet.
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