Biking in the Adirondacks

Adirondack Biking

From mountain biking to road cycling

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 wilderness routes are just some of the many reasons to stay here on your next bike vacation. Road riders can enjoy the seldom-traveled roads along the Sacandaga River, mountain bikers can challenge themselves on the exciting new lift-serviced terrain at Oak Mountain, and winter riders can explore the area's many snowmobile trails on fat tires. There is a cycling experience for everyone in the Adirondacks.

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. Riding bikes on the pristine Moose River Plains Road is not limited to this event however. All throughout the warmer months riders can enjoy spinning their wheels on this well maintained wilderness 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 try Fern Park, a popular recreation area in Inlet.

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 you parallel Indian Lake on Route 30 and then tour up to Blue Mountain Lake on Route 28 is beyond compare.

And with all this riding to explore, you'll want to stay for a weekend or a week at one of our cozy hotels, inns, or lodges, while topping off a day of riding with a dinner and a drink!

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.

Leave No Trace 7 Principles

Winter Overview: Winter access is not recommended for those on foot as this is a snowmobile trail in the winter.    Upper Sargent...
North Point Road
Inlet
13360
Hiking This trail has easy, rolling terrain and is a great place for the whole family. The path is on an old roadbed that ends at...
The old railroad track starts across the road from the Browns Tract beach access on Uncas Road. There are two options from this...
Beaver Brook Bog is a birding area located off Uncas Road, near the village of Raquette Lake. The trail is on the right when...
Uncas Road
Raquette Lake
13436
Hiking This is a very easy trail to follow that goes through mud, rocks, and over fallen logs. Follow the main road through Eighth...
Winter Overview Not recommended. The Moose River Plains Is a snowmobile corridor and not open to cars or trucks during the winter....
Otter Brook Road
Inlet
13360
Hiking The Old Dam Nature Trail loop, located near Limekiln Lake campsite #98 on the back side of the leach field, is an easy 1.3...
Cycling This mountain bike loop totals over 13 miles in length, with 7.6 miles on a maintained dirt road and 5.5 miles on Route 30...
Route 30
Speculator
12164
Hiking This trail opens into some wide, flat, plain areas covered in scrub brush. Location: The trailhead is a 13-mile drive in...
Moose River Plains Wild Forest
Inlet
13360
Hiking The trail around Moss Lake traverses and also provides an easy hike. There's also the option of taking the spur trail to...
Big Moose Road
Inlet
13360
Hiking From the trailhead, hike along an old woods road and cross a bridge over a muddy pond area. The trail gently climbs past...
Cycling This 80 mile loop has wonderful scenery on wide-shouldered roads. Runs along the Hudson River with many mountain and cliff...
Route 28N
Long Lake
12847
Chain Lakes Road South allows access to a network of dirt roads and trails in parts of the Blue Mountain Wild Forest, Pine Lake...
Chain Lakes Road South
Indian Lake
12842
Cycling This mountain biking trail forms a double loop which passes through a working tree farm of mixed hard woods & conifers...
off Route 30
Speculator
12164
This multi-use trail connects Inlet and Raquette Lake. The terrain is very wide and under most normal conditions dry. Snowmobiling...
Cycling From the Post Office in Lake Pleasant, take Route 98 north along the shore to the town of Speculator. Turn right at the 4.1...
South Shore Road
Lake Pleasant
12108
Hiking With many good parking spots around the Red River bridge, this trail along the Red River offers miles of access to all types...
Hunt Club Road
Inlet
13360
Nicks Lake Campground is a state DEC Campground. Over 100 campsites are available for reservation. In winter, it is open for...
Cycling From Utica, take Rt. 12 north to Alder Creek. From there, follow Rt. 28 northeast through the old logging crossroads of...
Route 28
Raquette Lake
13436
Hiking Fern Park is a free, four-season, town of Inlet recreation park located on Loomis Road, just off of South Shore Road. In...
Loomis Road
Inlet
13360
Hiking Moss Lake is a wonderful spot and a short carry for a canoe from the parking area. The trailhead is large and doubles as a...
Enjoy extensive hiking and biking trails, or take to the water with DEC canoe rentals. In winter, this is a snowmobile area....
Lake Lila is located in the William C. Whitney Wilderness Area in Hamilton County. It is a remote, motor-less lake with 24 first-...
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...
Speculator
12164
Access to these ponds can be made from Route 28 just outside of Eagle Bay. Several campsites along the shore offer the perfect...
This trail starts on North Rondaxe Road as a beginner trail, then turns to intermediate past Safford Pond. The trip connects Big...
North Rondaxe Road
Inlet
13360
Be aware that Sagamore Road can have heavy car traffic as people visit the historic Great Camp Sagamore. Potential traffic aside,...
Sagamore Road
Inlet
13360
The trail to Lower Sargent Pond is marked with both snowmobile and hiking trail markers. It goes primarily through hardwood stands...
North Lake Road
Long Lake
12847
Winter Overview: Winter access is not recommended for those on foot, as this is a snowmobile trail in the winter.    This easy,...
Big Moose Road
Eagle Bay
13331
The Sargent Ponds trails offer an excellent opportunity to bike through the woods on well marked, fairly level, paths. Separate...
North Point Road
Inlet
13360
Winter Overview: This area is not recommended for winter access, other than by snowmobile, as the Moose River Plains is a...
Moose River Plains Wild Forest
Inlet
13360
Winter Overview: The winter parking here is not plowed and the shoulder of Route 28 is not recommended.   The parking area is a...
Route 28
43.8087341
Inlet
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 Road
Inlet
13360
Hiking These trails are mostly easy and flat with some small rolling hills and a few steep climbs. There is easy access directly...
A broad shoulder and broader vistas characterize this 34 mile-long ride from Tupper Lake to Blue Mountain Lake on Rt. 30. There is...
Blue Mountain Lake
12812
​Winter Overview: Access only from the Parkhurst Road parking area. This is a snowplow turnaround, so parking here is limited.   ...
Parkhurst Road
Inlet
13360
The Moose River Recreation Area, including the Moose River Plains, contains about 50,000 acres of public lands crossed by more than...
Indian Lake
12842
​Winter Overview: Winter access is not recommended, as this is a snowmobile trail in the winter. The Seventh Lake Mountain...
Moose River Plains Wild Forest
Inlet
13360
Winter Overview: Winter access is not recommended, as Uncas Road is a snowmobile trail in the winter.  This is an easy ride that...
Uncas Road
Inlet
13360
Winter Overview: Winter access here is great for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. The parking area is plowed, and the trail...
South Shore Road
Inlet
13360
Enter through the Brown Tract Pond campground. Since there is direct access to the pond, this is a great place to wet a line, swim...
Inlet
13360
These two ponds are located on a foot trail that's off the right side of Rondaxe Road across from the trail to Bald Mountain....
Rondaxe Road
Inlet
13360
Explore this turn-of-the-century transportation route by foot or by mountain bike. This loop includes flat dirt roads that are...
Eighth Lake Campground
Inlet
13360
Parking is at a small gravel pull off parking area along Route 28 about 2.4 miles southwest of Raquette Lake. The right path leads...

Pedals & Petals

176 Route 28
PO Box 390
Inlet
13360
(315) 357-3281

Whites Pond

Moose River Plains Wild Forest
Inlet
13360
(800) 648-5239

TOBIE Trail

160 Route 28
Inlet
13360
(800) 648-5239

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