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 — it sounds like biking on the Adirondack Coast! The Lake Champlain Region's diverse landscape means there are a lot of options for the two-wheel set. The impossibly blue 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're looking for an afternoon ride, an all-day trek, or an easy (or extreme) mountain biking adventure, the Lake Champlain Region has plenty of trails, roads, and routes to explore.

Ride through a natural snowglobe

Love biking and don't want to give it up in the winter? Don't worry, 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 think you'll love the adventure of floating over the snow on super-wide, knobby tires. It's a different experience — the bikes are heavier and slower, for example — but it's no less fun than biking on any other surface or in any other season!

Leave No Trace

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.

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
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
Osprey Way Loop

Cycling

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...

Location: 
Lake 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
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
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
Blueberry Hill Trails

Hiking

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...

Location: 
Lords Road, Elizabethtown, 12932
Ensign Pond Road

Cycling

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...

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
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

Cycling

This route includes Split Rock Mountain,...

Location: 
Main St, Essex, 12936
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
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
Stony Lonesome Loop

Cycling

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...

Location: 
703 Creek Road, Crown Point, 12928
Mountain Spring Road Trail

Hiking

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.

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Location: 
Stevenson Road
POB 193, Westport, 12993
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
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
Ausable Chasm Campground and Recreation Center-Mountain Bike Center
Location: 
2144 Route 9
POB 390, Au Sable Chasm, 12911
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