Biking in Lake Champlain

It doesn't get much better than this

Scenic country roads, impressive backdrops, and a variety of terrain for all fitness levels — sounds like the open spaces of the Champlain Valley! The Lake Champlain Region's diverse landscape means there are plenty of options for two-wheeled adventures. The legendary waters of Lake Champlain make a nice companion to a ride and so do the mountains of the High Peaks, which tower above rolling farmland and gentle forests. Whether you are looking for an afternoon ride, an all-day trek, or a mountain biking adventure, the Lake Champlain Region has plenty of trails, roads, and routes to explore.

A cyclist crosses the Lake Champlain Bridge.

Long days, amazing rides

When you're looking for a scenic ride with wide-open views of the landscape, a dash of history, and safe roads, the Lake Champlain Region is the place to do it. Gentle country roads roll up, over, and around picturesque farmlands, forests, and mountains. Glide past the sparkling waters of Lake Champlain, past the ruins of an early colonial fort, and even soar over the lake via the Lake Champlain Bridge. With quaint small towns dotting the landscape, you'll find plenty of spots to rest your legs and fuel your body.

When there's snow-where else to ride

For folks who don't want to hang up the bike for the winter, we have the answer: fat tire biking. Hop on a fat tire bike and enjoy the sensation of riding great trails in your own winter wonderland. It's a fun, healthy way to spend time in the great outdoors of the Lake Champlain Region. The views are great and we love the adventure of floating over the snow on super-wide, knobby tires. It's a different experience, but it's a fun one nonetheless!

Year-round, the scenery of the Lake Champlain Region is sublime for cycling and we have plenty of backroads to give riders a quiet, peaceful ride.

Leave No Trace and Love Your ADK

The magic of the Adirondacks is the result of previous generations taking a long view and protecting the mountains, lakes, and rivers within the Blue Line. That tradition continues today as we support and encourage everyone to practice Leave No Trace ethics, which help protect the lands and waters of the Adirondacks.

Acres of Apples

Travel through five different apple orchards.

Getting there

  • Services in Port Kent and Peru.
  • 24.4 miles - Port Kent & Peru....
Location: 
Port Kent Ferry Dock, Keeseville, 12944
  
Osprey Way Loop

With the mountains as your backdrop, ride by lakes and meadows on this scenic loop. Gain a "bird's eye view" from it's many vantage points, and see if you can spot the osprey's nest along the...

Location: 
Lake Road, Crown Point, 12928
  
Water's Edge Trail

Travel a winding loop along the AuSable River, with views of the Adirondack Mountains and river valleys. Fun fact: Clintonville (which the route passes through) almost became the capital of New...

Location: 
Route 22, Keeseville, 12944
  
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.

By the numbers

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Location: 
Main St, Essex, 12936
  
Blueberry Hill Trails

The Blueberry Hill Trails are located in the Town of Elizabethtown and were built for hiking, snowshoeing, mountain biking, horseback riding, and cross country skiing. There are several other...

Location: 
Lords Road, Elizabethtown, 12932
  
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.

Cycling

All...

Location: 
814 Bridge Road, Crown Point, 12928
  
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."

By...

Location: 
1234 Stevenson Rd, Westport, 12993
  
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.

How to get there...

Location: 
Stevenson Road
POB 193, Westport, 12993
  
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
  
Stony Lonesome Loop

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

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Location: 
703 Creek Road, Crown Point, 12928
  
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.

Cycling...

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!

By the numbers

18.6 miles...

Location: 
Route 22, Willsboro, 12996
  
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! Along the way you'll see lots of legendary views and cool homes....

Location: 
Route 22, Willsboro, 12996
  
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
  
Ausable Chasm Campground and Recreation Center-Mountain Bike Center
Location: 
2144 Route 9
POB 390, Au Sable Chasm, 12911
  
Wild Flow Mountain Bike Tours

The Adirondack Mountains have long been home to true outdoor enthusiasts. The people that come here live and breath the mountain life, grounding themselves among the natural beauty of the High...

Location: 
, Plattsburgh, 12901
  
Otis Mountain Ski & Bike Trail

​Otis Mountain Recreation Area is a 1940’s ski hill that has evolved into a challenging mountain bike, ski and trail running destination and is the home of the Otis Mountain Get Down music...

Location: 
Lobdell Lane, Elizabethtown, 12932