Biking in the Adirondacks

Road, mountain, and fat bike the Adirondacks

This area has a long history as an Adirondack cycling destination. Scenic road tours, gravity assisted dirt thrills, and wild routes are just some of the many reasons to explore Hamilton County on a bike adventure. Road riders can enjoy the seldom-traveled roads along the Sacandaga River and winter riders can explore some of the area's many trails on fat tires. For thrill seekers, there's gravel routes winding throughout the region, perfect for challenging your skills on new terrain. There is a cycling experience for everyone in the Adirondacks!

Adirondack cycling loops

Wherever you choose to ride, there's beauty to be seen and adventure to be had! Click the banner below for more information on bike loops and biking events!

Brave the Black Fly, scenic roads, and dirt riding

The famous Black Fly Challenge, held annually between Inlet and Indian Lake, takes hundreds riders on a 40-mile trip though the Moose River Plains, and is one of the highlights of the summer riding season. However, riding bikes on Moose River Plains Road is not limited to this event. All throughout the warmer months riders can enjoy spinning their wheels on this well-maintained remote road. This area is also home to a series of well-signed dirt loops that take riders along closed pavement sections and dirt roads. For a different off-road experience, check out Fern Park, a popular recreation area in Inlet. If you're looking for a blend of on and off-roading, try your wheels on unique gravel trails around the region. Experience lakeside trails, historic Great Camp routes, and variations of multiple trails, offering a stunning ride for the experts and beginners alike.

Road bike enthusiasts will find no shortage of quiet roads throughout Hamilton County. Any of the state roads make for excellent riding with quiet traffic and smooth pavement. The scenery as riders parallel Indian Lake on Route 30 and then tour up to Blue Mountain Lake on Route 28 is beyond compare.

Ride with Gratitude 

We invite you to take the Ride with Gratitude pledge and live out the principles that help make our trails accessible and here for good. 

1. Respect this gift

Riding trails on public or private lands is a gift, not a right. That hiker we just passed? She might own the land we’re riding on. With every ride, let’s remember to be grateful for the landowners and others who make it possible.

2. Protect nature

Enjoy nature, don’t ruin it. Keep on the trails. Erosion is our single highest impact when we’re out riding. Skidding causes erosion. Cutting corners can cut off access. Riding muddy trails messes it up for everyone. If we see animals, don’t bother them, remember them. Pick up trash, pack it out, carpool here and back.

3. Care for others 

We share the trails with others, and they have the same rights and responsibilities as each of us. If someone needs help, we help. If someone needs encouragement, we share our enthusiasm. And if it’s going to make the situation better, we dismount. Be nice, yield to others, and give a smile.

4. Be the example

We know our limits, and we ride within them. Beyond the ride, let’s park where we’re supposed to keep the tunes to a dull roar, and leave the IPAs for après somewhere else. Reckless behavior? A simple, polite call out will do.

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141 Novosel Way
Speculator, NY 12164
Check out this family-fun-loving, mountain biking adventure that's close to home.  These trails are built by volunteers of all ages, yes that's right even kids!
Uncas Road
Raquette Lake, NY 13436
Beaver Brook Bog is a birding area located off Uncas Road, near the village of Raquette Lake. The trail is on the right when leaving the village. 
Otter Brook Road
Inlet, NY 13360
This is a great place for the whole family with easy, rolling terrain. The trail is an old road that ends at Beaver Lake in 2.1 miles. This is the site of the old Wilcox Hotel and sawmill.
The whole family can enjoy this lake hike.
Limekiln Lake Road
Inlet, NY 13360
The Old Dam Nature Trail loop, located near Limekiln Lake campsite #87 on the back side of the leach field, is an easy 1.6 mile hike.
There's interesting scenery on all the hiking trails at Limekiln Lake.
Moose River Plains Wild Forest
Inlet, NY 13360
The easily accessible Lost Ponds are some of the most scenic bodies of water in the region. Great for hiking, mountain biking, and paddling, any activity you choose is going to memorable.
Narrows and cliffs add to the paddling interest of Lost Ponds.
North Lake Road
Long Lake, NY 12847
The trail to Lower Sargent Pond is marked with both snowmobile and hiking trail markers. It goes primarily through hardwood stands with occasional stands of softwoods.
Moose River Plains Wild Forest
Inlet, NY 13360
The Moose River Plains Wild Forest is part of the 80,000 acre Moose River Plains Complex, a collection of public lands crossed by more than 40 miles of old dirt logging roads.
278 Bisby Rd
Old Forge, NY 13420
Camping
Nicks Lake Campground
Rondaxe Road
Inlet, NY 13360
A developing mountain biking trail network that branches out from Old Forge can be found here! 
North Rondaxe Road
Inlet, NY 13360
This trail starts on North Rondaxe Road as a beginner trail, then turns to intermediate past Stafford Pond. The trip connects Big Moose Lake and Lake Rondaxe. A 16.5-mile loop is possible using Rondaxe Road, Route 28, and Big Moose Road.
Uncas Road
Inlet, NY 13360
This is an easy ride/hike that passes Upper and Lower ponds, with a final destination of Sucker Brook Bay on Raquette Lake. There is an intermediate to expert spur trail off the main trail that takes you back to Brown Tract Road.
160 Route 28
Inlet, NY 13360
TOBIE stands for Thendara-Old Forge-Big Moose-Inlet-Eagle Bay.
Moose River Plains Wild Forest
Inlet, NY 13360
Located in the Moose River Plains Wild Forest off of Rock Dam Road, this access offers good, low-country hunting around the backside of Mount Tom. It's a narrow, little-used path, but it's worth the effort.
Route 28N
Long Lake, NY 12847
Ride through charming small towns with attractions and services. Lodging and dining available roadside in the towns of Newcomb, Minerva, North Creek, Indian Lake, Blue Mountain Lake, and Long Lake.
Two-lane roads through wilderness with many villages to stop at.
Route 28
Inlet, NY 13360
Enjoy extensive hiking and biking trails, or take to the water with DEC canoe rentals. In winter, this is a snowmobile area.
Photo of the sun setting over Eighth Lake
Hunt Club Road
Inlet, NY 13360
Get out into some of the besting birding and cycling habitat in the Adirondacks. Getting there Turn right from Route 28 in Raquette Lake, drive 5.3 miles to the end of Sagamore Road, and turn right on Hunt Club Road.
This old road is a favorite day hike.
Moose River Plains Wild Forest
Inlet, NY 13360
The Seventh Lake Mountain Community Connector encompasses 14.3 miles of intermediate and expert riding trail. It was built in 2013 as a snowmobile and mountain bike trail that can be accessed at four locations.
327 Big Moose Rd
Inlet, NY 13360
Moss Lake is a beautiful place for a picnic, a hike, a cross-country ski, horseback riding, and wildlife viewing! 
The wildlife viewing platform is a great way to experience Moss Lake.