Biking in the Adirondacks

Road, mountain, gravel and fat bike the Adirondacks

Scenic road tours, single track, 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 or on winding routes with access to High Peaks views, and thrill seekers will delight in the gravel routes winding throughout the region. Wherever you choose to ride, there's beauty to be seen and adventure to be had!

Adirondack cycling loops

Road cycling

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.

Gravel cycling and mountain biking

Gravel cycling is a popular choice for many, blending the fun of on and off-roading, and Hamilton County is brimming with fun and unique gravel trails. Explore the region by way of gravel bike, as you wind through exhilarating lakeside trails, historic Great Camp routes, or opt for a variation of multiple trails. Gravel trails in the region offer a stunning ride for experts and beginners alike, so wherever your skill level, you’re sure to find picturesque scenes that reward your efforts.

The famous Black Fly Challenge, held annually between Inlet and Indian Lake, takes hundreds of riders on a 40-mile trip though the Moose River Plains, and is one of the highlights of the summer riding season. This area is also home to a series of well-signed dirt loops that take riders along closed pavement sections and dirt roads.

The new mountain biking trails at the Mt. Sabattis Recreation Area in Long Lake blend incredible views with wild trails that pack a punch! Set high over the lake boasting views of the surrounding mountains and waters of the region, you can choose between four different trail routes to carve through. The trail features include a pump section, hair pin turns and a bridge crossing, with opportunities for every level of rider to get in on the fun. 

For a different off-road experience, check out Fern Park, a popular recreation area in Inlet. Don't miss Oak Mountain Bike Park in Speculator! Suitable for beginner to advanced riders, and fun for the whole family, the trails incorporate a combination of flow, natural and manmade features, as well as technical roots and rocks as they run down the mountain through mixed hardwood forests and ski trails. 

 

 

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As you enjoy the amazing Adirondack landscape, be safe, have fun, and share the road! Learn more about being politely Adirondack on the roadways, whether you're traveling by vehicle or by bike, so that everyone can have fun, safely.

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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.
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.
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 30
Speculator, NY 12164
Between biking and birding, there are a million great reasons to visit Perkins Clearing!
Perkins Clearing is a fine biking network.
Indian Lake, NY 12842
The Moose River Recreation Area, including the Moose River Plains, contains about 50,000 acres of public lands crossed by more than 40 miles of old dirt logging roads.
Elm Lake Road
Speculator, NY 12164
This is a very mysterious cave that keeps everyone wondering if it was man-made or not. Check it out and decide for yourself. The cave itself is about 15 feet deep and 8 feet wide with a small window opening near the top.
Route 28
Inlet, NY 13360
Remote with lots of opportunity to explore, fish, bird, and hike? That's the trail to Eagle Nest and Bug lakes!
These delightful lakes are accessible along the same trail.
Uncas Road
Inlet, NY 13360
The old railroad track starts across the road from the Browns Tract beach access on Uncas Road.
North Point Road
Inlet, NY 13360
The Sargent Ponds trails offer an excellent opportunity to bike through the woods on well marked, fairly level, paths. Separate trails lead to Upper and Lower Sargent ponds, with a connecting trail between them.
Seventh Lake Road
Inlet, NY 13360
This trail is a nice, tight single track on fairly level terrain that goes past a couple of lean-tos. The trail runs right along Seventh Lake so there are multiple places to swim.
Route 28
Raquette Lake, NY 13436
Take in the beautiful history and scenery of this scenic route!
The drive on Rt. 30 from the Village of Indian Lake to Speculator is one of the most spectacular scenic tours in the Adirondacks. As you descend the western shore of Indian Lake, the surrounding mountains are reflected in the surface of the lake.
Mt. Sabattis Pavilion, 46 Pavilion Way
Long Lake, NY 12847
Established October of 2021, Experience an all new biking excursion in Long Lake. Enjoy 2km of winding bike and shared-use trails above the Mt. Sabattis recreation center, and pedal to the top for stellar views of the lake and mountain range!
Moose River Plains Wild Forest
Inlet, NY 13360
The view from this pond could make anyone faint! Take the easy, rolling old roadbed by foot, bike, or snowmobile out to the spacious waterfront. 
Fishing from shore is a Mitchell Ponds preference.
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.