Any time of year is the perfect time to take a scenic drive through the Adirondacks. And boy, do we have some amazing scenery. Hop in the car and check out some of the great routes below. 

Make a day of it

Of course, driving is fun, but so is hiking. So how about stopping to hit a trail along the way? Try one of these short 1-2 hour hikes in combination with your travels and you'll get the best of both worlds. And we know you'll get hungry somewhere along the way, so why not check out the many local restaurants and farmers markets you'll encounter?

All roads lead back to the High Peaks - so you probably should plan to book a stay while you're here.

Bartlett Road Loop
Bartlett Road, Keene
(518) 523-2445

One side is a quiet country road, while the other half runs through a scenic valley. Many different river locations, from intimate glimpses to broad vistas with a mountain background. Services in Keene and Upper Jay. 14 mile loop. DIRECTIONS: Starting...

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.

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...

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. 9.6 miles round trip. Hiking at Heart Lake.

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...

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.

Black Brook Scenic Loop
Bonnieview Avenue, Wilmington
(518) 946-2255

Stunning scenery on the aptly named Bonnieview Avenue. Quiet two lane roads that are spectacular in the autumn. LENGTH: 14.5 miles. DIRECTIONS: At the four way stop in the center of Wilmington, continue straight from Route 86, north, for about six...

Around the Mountain
Main Street, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

Scenic cruise around Whiteface and McKenzie mountains. Stunning beauty in any season, but especially striking in the fall. Many hiking opportunities to easily observe riverside views and forest compositions. Dining and service opportunities in Lake...

Natural Wonders Loop
2144 Route 9, Au Sable Chasm
(518) 585-6619

Some of our most dramatic destinations along the Adirondack Coast. Behold the glory of the "Grand Canyon of the East," Au Sable Chasm, with multiple ways to enjoy the different vantage points and backdrops. Try hiking to the glorious viewpoint of the...

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...

River Forks Scenic Trail
Jay Village Green Park, Jay
(518) 946-2255

Lots of artists live in the Jay area, we think it's the lovely scenery they find so inspiring. Forest, farm, and mountain views. Many art and pottery studios to browse through. Don't miss the Jay Covered Bridge! Start at Jay Village Green Park. Turn R...

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! LENGTH: 20 mile loop with side trips. Open views of the AuSable River and...