Biking in Lake Champlain

Featuring scenic country roads, impressive backdrops and a variety of terrain for all fitness levels, the Adirondack Coast of Lake Champlain offers some of the best biking in the Adirondacks. Whether you're looking for an afternoon ride, an all-day trek, or an easy-to-extreme mountain biking adventure, the Lake Champlain Region has plenty of trails, roads and routes to explore.

By road or by trail... or by bridge!

Bikeways and loops

Don't miss the Adirondack Coast Bikeways, the premiere network of 14 themed loops that is part of the 1,600 miles of the Lake Champlain Bikeways, which circumvent Lake Champlain extend into Quebec, Canada.

Try:

Adirondack Bikeways

  • the Acres of Apples ride for a trip around five different orchards.
  • the Fort to Fort loop and travel from one historic fort to the next.
  • Iron to Iron for a picturesque route through Port Henry, an homage to the Industrial Revolution.

Many of the routes go past restaurants, museums and a variety of other Lake Champlain attractions.

Dirt and trails

If thrills and spills are what you seek, check out:

  • Stoney Lonesome loop is a half-day trip of riding on remote, unpaved roads with a variety of terrain.
  • Coon Mountain Circuit is an 18.5 mile Lake Champlain mountain biking loop that includes Split Rock Mountain, Webb-Royce Swamp and Coon Mountain.

Glimpse an array of wildlife, including bald eagles and peregrine falcons, enjoy beautiful views and take advantage of the hiking trails along the way!

From leisurely rides to serious treks, the Lake Champlain biking routes can accommodate any type of adventure. View the Lake Champlain lodging list and book your trip today. 

Click on the image above to view a map of a mini-network of biking loops. 

Stony Lonesome Loop

Get off the asphalt! This spectacular half day of mountain biking is on mostly remote, unpaved roads, with a variety of hills and valleys, open and wooded terrain, marshes, ponds, and streams....

Location: 
703 Creek Road, Crown Point, 12928
Acres of Apples

Travel through five different apple orchards. A special delight in the spring blooming season! Spectacular views of the "Grand Canyon of the East," Ausable Chasm.

Farms, woodlands, and...

Location: 
Port Kent Ferry Dock, Keeseville, 12944
Iron to Iron

This wonderfully scenic route will go by some of the most pivotal elements of the Industrial Revolution, explained by the two museums along the route. Mostly paved, cross bike recommended. Very...

Location: 
34 Park Place, Port Henry, 12974
Mountain-Coast Connector

This rolling route has some isolated steep hills in the mountains and easy cruises around Lake Champlain. Find out why Elizabethtown, the county seat, was first named "Pleasant Valley."

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Location: 
1234 Stevenson Rd, Westport, 12993
Joe's Random Scoot

This lovely loop offers wonderful woods and water views. The entire hamlet of Essex is designated as a National Historic District, with 160 structures built between 1810 and 1860.

Open and...

Location: 
814 Bridge Road, Crown Point, 12928
Rolling Reber Ramble

The Reber area is a rolling patchwork of woods, houses, and farm fields with vistas of the western Adirondacks. Don't miss the stone octagonal schoolhouse!

Paved, services in Willsboro,...

Location: 
Route 22, Willsboro, 12996
Wet & Wild

Take a day long ride through some of the most remote paved roads in the whole park. View dozens of ponds and wetlands, cross several headwaters, and see some historic mining and farming areas....

Location: 
16 Park Place, Port Henry, 12974
Fort to Fort

Take a tour of the countryside around two of America's most historic forts. This route includes abundant vantage points to behold Lake Champlain and distant mountains.

All paved & flat...

Location: 
814 Bridge Road, Crown Point, 12928
Woman's Suffrage Way

Upstate New York was the cradle of women's rights. Celebrate this slice of history with gorgeous views and abundant wildlife near Split Rock Mountain Wild Forest.

Lake and mountain views,...

Location: 
Main St, Essex, 12936
Water's Edge Trail

Travel a winding loop along the AuSable River, with views of the Adirondack Mountains and river valleys. Clintonville almost became the capital of New York State!

River and mountain views,...

Location: 
Route 22, Keeseville, 12944
Coon Mountain Circuit

Wonderful hiking possibilities along this route, with great views and abundant wildlife.

18.5 miles, Intermediate. Lake and mountain views, wildlife, low traffic. Bike/hike combo possible....

Location: 
Main St, Essex, 12936
Osprey Way Loop

Get a "bird's eye view" of many different vistas in this bike loop marked by a osprey's nest visible from the road. Ride between lake and meadow views, with mountains as a backdrop on both sides...

Location: 
Lake Road, Crown Point, 12928
Ensign Pond Road

This lovely route is also a symbol of friendship: look for the stone with an image of the two shaking hands etched in it. The North Hudson Pine Ridge Cemetery is the resting place of a number of...

Location: 
Ensign Pond Road, Moriah, 12960
Surrounded by Water

Begin the ride in the town of Willsboro, and go back in time with a visit to Adsit Cabin, built in 1778 for a family of sixteen! Numerous houses made of Lake Champlain Blue Stone.

Mostly...

Location: 
Route 22, Willsboro, 12996
Mountain Spring Road Trail

The Mountain Spring Road Trail is an easy, 8-mile-loop that follows a seasonal road through the Adirondack foothills, known as the West Champlain Hills, to Mineville. This route is great for for...

Location: 
6482 Main Street
POB 193, Westport, 12993
Lake Champlain Bikeways

Lake Champlain Bikeways is a public/private initiative to create a network of interconnected, international bicycle routes. To date, a 350-mile route around Lake Champlain has been identified and...

Location: 
, Crown Point, 12928
Paradox Lake Paths

Many quiet paved roads give access to Paradox Lake Campground on Dark Bay. Excellent for children!

A day use pass offers boat rental availability, restrooms, picnic tables, bbq grills, and...

Location: 
897 NYS Route 74, Paradox, 12858
Ausable Chasm Campground and Recreation Center-Mountain Bike Center
Location: 
2144 Route 9
POB 390, Au Sable Chasm, 12911