What good are mountains if there’s no mountain biking? In Lake Placid, we take mountain sports seriously, so we’ve been working hard on creating top-notch mountain biking trails that are suitable for beginner and expert riders alike.
While you’re in town, don’t forget to check out the Wilmington Mountain Bike Fest on August 30!
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 start here
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.
Trail systems galore
If you're looking for a larger 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!
Rules of the trail
Many of the trails in the region are built and maintained by Barkeater Trails Alliance with the help of volunteers and Department of Environmental Conservation staff. Please help protect their hard work and keep our trails in good shape for future riders by following these simple trail guidelines.
1. Avoid muddy trails
If your tires are sinking into the mud and leaving ruts, the trail is too muddy to ride on.
2. Follow Leave No Trace principles
The seven Leave No Trace principles apply to all outdoor recreation, including mountain biking. Get to know them before your next adventure!
3. Only ride on designated mountain biking trails
There are several designations for public land in the Adirondacks, and each dictates what can and can't be done there. To avoid any hassles, and to spend more time on the trail than online doing research, a good rule of thumb is to stick to trails that were designed with mountain biking in mind. Visit BETA's website or speak to staff at local gear shops to learn more.
4. Ride under control
Adirondack mountain biking trails are also used by hikers. Have fun, but do it in a way that’s not a danger to yourself or others.
5. Plan ahead and set out prepared
Get information, buy maps, and know where you’re going before setting out. The TrailForks app is a great resource.
6. Respect the animals
Quite simply, if you see wildlife don’t harass it.
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.