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!

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Stickney Bridge
Jay Village Green Park, Jay
(518) 946-2255

For bridge & river fans! These gently rolling hills are not as challenging as other routes, since they follow the river and the farming valleys. LENGTH: 18.5 mile loop. For a shorter trip, take the Carey Road turn off from 9N. DIRECTIONS: Start at the...

Between the Jays
County Highway 22, Jay
(518) 946-2255

The famous Jay Covered Bridge is on this route, with the fabulous Jay Rocks as a backdrop. The winding country roads between Upper Jay and Jay offer a lovely mix of rugged mountains, river views, and sweeping meadows. Narrow shoulders, but low...

Rapid Descent Trail
5021 NYS Route 86, Wilmington
(518) 946-2255

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! 14 mile loop. Open views of the AuSable River and the Jay Range. Services in...

Lake Everest Loop
Route 86, Wilmington
(518) 946-2255

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. LENGTH: 25 mile loop. DIRECTIONS: Starting from Lake Placid, take Route 86 east to Wilmington. Ride...

Lake Champlain Bikeways
Crown Point
(866) 843-5253

Lake Champlain Bikeways is a public/private initiative to create a network of interconnected, international bicycle routes. To date, a 350-mile route around Lake Champlain has been identified and mapped, as well as a network of shorter loops which...

Whiteface Veterans' Memorial Highway
5021 Route 86, Wilmington
(518) 946-2223

Drive or ride up the historic Whiteface Veterans' Memorial Highway taking you to the top of New York's fifth-highest peak at 4,867 feet. At the top, be sure to check out the Castle Cafe and Gift Shop for great views, local bites, souvenirs and more...

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) 946-2255

Follow back roads through forest and farmland through scenery that has been inspiring artists for generations. Forest, farm, and mountain views. Busier traffic with limited shoulders on Route 9N between Ausable Forks and Jay. Services in Ausable Forks...

Enjoy lovely meadows with mountains in the background.
Bear Cub in the woods
Bear Cub Road, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

Some extraordinarily beautiful sweeping vistas in what is still farm country, even in the High Peaks. Stop by the Uhlein Forest, home of the Cornell University Sugar Maple Research headquarters, and pick up some maple-y goodies. 6.2 miles there and back.

Ausable River Loop
Heritage Park, Wilmington
(518) 946-2255

Explore both branches of the Ausable River. Take a tour of small towns, and explore the treasure hunting possibilities in the shops and galleries. 54 miles, many pulloffs enroute. Attraction and hiking opportunities. Services at every town.