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.