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

Some stunning river scenery with a mountain backdrop. LENGTH: 28.33 mile loop. DIRECTIONS: Begin at the Wilmington Town Park, Park Lane. Proceed west to Bonnieview Road, and turn north to Silver Lake Road. Turn west for the Silver Lake/Guideboard Road...

Black Brook Scenic Cruise
Bonnieview Avenue, Wilmington
(518) 523-2445

Stunning scenery amid downhill glides; take the aptly named Bonnieview Avenue for a spin. Quiet two lane roads that are spectacular in the autumn. LENGTH: 14.5 miles. DIRECTIONS: At the four way stop, continue straight from Route 86, north, for about...

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

Cycling River Road boasts excellent views in both directions for a 4.1 mile one way or 8.2 mile down and back route. Running Run along the Ausable River as it flows in and out along the road. Catch breathtaking views of the High Peaks and Ski Jumps...

Between the Jays
County Highway 22, Jay
(518) 523-2445

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

Franklin Falls Flow is a great place for scenery.
Franklin Falls Loop
Main St, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

Cycling Scenic cruise around Whiteface and McKenzie mountains. Stunning beauty in any season, but especially striking in the fall, when crisp temperatures are perfect for longer, more strenuous routes. LENGTH: 46 mile loop. DIRECTIONS: Starting from...

Riverside Drive Loop
Rte 86 and Rte 73, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

Begin or end the scenic possibilities with the high vantage point of the ski jumps' 120 meter tower. Follow the river with this quiet, flat loop with abundant photo opportunities. The Ausable River is on one side, and many brooks on the other. The...

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

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...

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

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.

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...

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...