The Adirondack Mountains are famous for skiing and hiking, but we think they should be known for awesome mountain biking, too. In Lake Placid, we take mountain sports seriously, so we’ve been working hard on creating and expanding top-notch mountain biking trails that are suitable and immensely fun for beginner and expert riders alike.

Trail systems galore

If you're looking for a good-sized trail system (and one where you can rent bikes), check out the trails at Mount Van Hoevenberg

More experienced riders, or anyone looking for more variety, should either head to the Lussi and Logger Trails or the Craig Wood Trails. The former is accessible from town and has the highest concentration of single track in the area, the latter is built on the side of an old ski hill and is unlike any other system in the Adirondacks.

No bike? No problem! You can rent everything you need from one of our local gear shops. And be sure to ask staff there about trail conditions before heading out!

While you’re in town, don’t forget to check out the Wilmington Mountain Bike Fest, held every summer. 2021 dates are due to be announced, so be sure to keep an eye on our events page! 

Insider tip: There are a lot of group rides and happenings in the Lake Placid region. Check with a local gear shop to learn more. The Barkeater Trails Alliance website is also a great source of info on all things mountain biking. Check it out!

Beginners always welcome

Anyone looking to give mountain biking a try should head to the Henry’s Woods and Heaven Hill trail systems. Located right around the corner from each other, these trails offer a stupendous amount of variety along mostly easy terrain. 

Families will love the mellow beauty of the Brewster Peninsula Trails, where views across Lake Placid are the perfect complement to the easy terrain.

More trails, more fun

In an area as big as the Adirondacks, there are sure to be a number of great spots for mountain biking. Explore beyond Lake Placid to the awesome, varied trails in Whiteface Region and around Lake Champlain. Whiteface's Hardy Road trails are local favorites, while the Lake Champlain Region's Blueberry Hill Trails are fantastic for biking year-round.

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.

Seven Principles of Leave No Trace