Franklin Falls Loop

  • Main St, Lake Placid


This is a scenic cruise around Whiteface and McKenzie mountains. See stunning beauty in any season.


This route is especially striking in the fall, when crisp temperatures are perfect for longer, more strenuous routes. LENGTH: 46 miles.

LOOP DIRECTIONS: Starting in Wilmington, turn on Route 431 and climb a very long and demanding hill. At the top of the hill bear right onto County Route 18 towards Bloomingdale and cruise down a series of hills (beware loose gravel) and along the edge of Franklin Falls Pond. Turn left on Route 3 in Bloomingdale. In Saranac Lake, turn left on Pine Street, stay left on McKenzie Pond Road to Route 86 in Ray Brook and then turn left to head toward Lake Placid. Stay on Route 86 to return to Wilmington. 

Scenic Drive

This is a fine choice for scenery, especially in fall.

Find out more

Read our blog post, An Afternoon on Franklin Falls Road.