Road loops, touring, and cycling in Lake Placid

The Lake Placid region has more secondary roads and scenic tours than you can explore in a single trip to the area. Road cyclists can challenge themselves on the steep climbs of Styles Brook Road or take it easy on Riverside Drive as it parallels the Ausable River. The views are so spectacular that sometimes it’s hard to keep both wheels on the pavement. The now famous Ironman Lake Placid Loop brings cyclists to Lake Placid from all over the world and the Lake Champlain Bikeways routes offer visitors an opportunity to get acquainted with one of the Northeast’s most majestic bodies of water.

Adirondack cycling

Lake Placid and the surrounding area has something for every type of cyclist. You will enjoy stunning views, light traffic, and challenging terrain. Most routes can begin right in the center of town. Sit down with a good map to create your own unique cycling in Lake Placid adventure or stop into one of the bike shops in Lake Placid for a suggested route. When you're done on the road, head into town for some food, nightlife, entertainment, and a soft place to lay your head!

Bike safety and road etiquette

Just as we share beaches and hiking trails, we share roadways, too. We want everyone to have a fun, safe time in the Adirondacks, whether you're on a Cervelo, Schwinn, or cruising in your minivan. Here are some rules of the road and suggestions to ensure everyone has fun, safely.

  • Bicycles are considered vehicles just like cars and obey the same laws.

  • Cyclists may ride two or more abreast if space is available but must go single file when being overtaken by a vehicle.

  • Cyclists should ride as close to the right-side edge/curb as possible, but they are not required to ride in a designated bike lane or shoulder if it is not safe to do so (condition of pavement, too narrow, etc.)

  • Bicycles are not required to travel at a minimum speed.

To learn more about these rules, visit our page on Politely Adirondack Bike Safety.

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Franklin Falls Loop
Main St, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

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

  
Bear Cub in the woods
Bear Cub Road, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

Extraordinary views of the mountain backdrop on rolling farmlands are what you will find on this cycling route!

  
River Road
River Rd, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

Whether you're training for IRONMAN or just out for a casual ride, River Road is perfect!

  
Wilmington Notch
Route 86, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

This stretch of road along Route 86 between Lake Placid and Wilmington follows the Ausable River for most of its length. There are tumbling rapids and towering mountains. Abundant pull-offs for picnicking and picture taking. Distance: 25 miles round trip.

  
Adirondack Loj Road
Adirondack Loj Road, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

Enjoy one of the most scenic (and photographed!) roads in all of the Adirondack Park, lightly traveled and delightful in all seasons. In a valley ringed by the High Peaks. Paved, easy, 9.6 miles round trip. Services and recreation at Heart Lake.

  
Ironman Loop
Lake Placid, Keene, Jay, Wilmington, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

Cycling Cruise the hills of three towns and test yourself on the Ironman Bike Loop. Real Ironmen and Ironwomen do this twice! LENGTH: 56 mile loop. DIRECTIONS: Take Route 73 south out of Lake Placid, pass the Cascade Lakes, and head down the infamous...

  
River Forks Trail
Jay Village Green Park, Jay
(518) 523-2445

Follow back roads for a 11.6 mile loop through forest and farmland. This scenery has been inspiring creativity for generations, including the builder of Asgaard Farm, artist Rockwell Kent.

  
Lake Everest Loop
Route 86, Wilmington
(518) 523-2445

Circle the beauties of Lake Everest with this easy-riding road loop. Half of route is on a quiet road with little traffic. Services in Wilmington.

  
Wilmington Whiteface Road Race Course
Park Lane, Wilmington
(518) 523-2445

Some stunning river scenery with a mountain backdrop on this cycling course.

  
Rapid Descent Trail
5021 NYS Route 86, Wilmington
(518) 523-2445

Start at the easy landmark of the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center, and explore the back roads of the stunning Jay area. Don't miss the Jay Rapids and the famous covered bridge! LENGTH: 20 mile loop with side trips. Open views of the AuSable River and...

  
Stickney Bridge
Jay Village Green Park, Jay
(518) 523-2445

For bridge & river fans! These gently rolling hills are not as challenging as other routes, since they follow the river and the farming valleys.

  
Between the Jays
6760 NY Route 86, Jay
(518) 523-2445

The winding country roads between Upper Jay and Jay offer a lovely mix of rugged mountains, river views, and sweeping meadows.