Bike Trails & Cycling Routes
Cycling in Lake Placid
Whether it's on the road or on singletrack trails, cycling in Lake Placid is a unique experience. Home to New York's highest peaks, the Lake Placid region offers riders unrivaled mountain views and a variety of terrain to explore.
Not surprisingly, cycling is one of our most popular outdoor activities. During the spring, summer and fall, recreational riders and athletes from around the world descend on the region to travel through the scenic High Peaks mountain passes, challenging backcountry trails and quiet country roads.
Road Bike Routes & Loops
Cyclists can test their might on the 56-mile Ironman Lake Placid training loop, enjoy the stunning beauty along the 46-mile Around the Mountain loop, or set out on a quiet 9.3 mile ride on the Riverside Drive Ramble. Ride each of Lake Placid's cycling loops & tours for unique Adirondack scenery and different biking experiences.
Mountain Bike Trails
The mountain bike trails in Lake Placid offer some of the most exciting riding in the east. Check out Lake Placid's extensive singletrack bike trail network developed in collaboration between local landowners and a hard working-local mountain bike advocacy group called the "Barkeater Trails Alliance." Singletrack riding is available for many levels and abilities and is so close to town you may not even have to get in your car.
The newest trails being developed represent modern trends in the sport of mountain biking. The trails surrounding the Town of North Elba's Craigwood Golf Course are smooth, fast, and flowing. Lake Placid Club and Resort Property's mountain bike trails are more technical, but options do exist for a variety of levels of riders. The best part: the two networks are easily connected by the "Jackrabbit Trail." Stop into one of Lake Placid's great bike shops for a map to guide you through all of the twists and turns the trails have to offer.
Other Adirondack Biking
Looking for even more riding? Head to the nearby Whiteface Region - the "Biking Capital of the Adirondacks" - and climb 3,500 feet to the top of the Whiteface Veteran's Memorial Highway, the route of the annual Whiteface Mountain Uphill Bike Race. The Whiteface Region also has top-notch mountain bike terrain that plays host to the popular Wilmington Mountain Bike Festival each year.
Prepare for Adventure
Whatever Adirondack cycling adventures you embark on, remember to observe the rules of the road — and the woods. If you need cycling and biking gear or just want insider's tips, consult one of the many Lake Placid bike shops or guide services — they can outfit you with equipment, routes, trail maps and instruction for individuals and groups.
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