Road Biking in the Adirondacks

Cycling in the Adirondack Mountains

The Whiteface Region is home to countless miles of beautiful country roads, perfect for road cycling during your memorable Adirondack vacation. There are so many miles, and combinations of quiet country roadways for riding, it’s impossible to get to them all in a single visit to the area. Whether you want to challenge yourself on steep climbs in the mountains, or enjoy a more casual ride in the Ausable Valley, there is something here for you.  

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The Adirondacks is the ideal place for your next cycling vacation. Heading out of Wilmington in any direction will yield a fantastic road cycling experience with many options and varying degrees of difficulty to choose from. To the west, riders can climb over the shoulder of Whiteface Mountain and eventually arrive in Saranac Lake. To the east, riders gradually descend into the Ausable Valley. To the north, you will find the wide-open spaces of Taylor Pond and Silver Lake, and to the south through the Wilmington Notch lies the village of Lake Placid.

Stay close at one of our lovely inns or charming B&Bs.

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If competition is your cup of tea, you’ve come to the right place. The Whiteface Region plays host to many road cycling events each year.

The Whiteface Mountain Uphill Road Race is a unique event that draws riders from all over the northeast annually. This 3,647 foot vertical is part of the Wilmington Bike Festival, which also includes bands, parties, and other events throughout the weekend. The annual road race hosted by Team Placid Planet takes riders on a beautiful circuit along Silver Lake Road, which offers some of the best views in the area.

The internationally famous Ironman Lake Placid also comes through the area on its 112-mile course each July. Ride the loop for the wonderful scenery if you want to take your time.

Whether you are signing up, supporting your friends, or just spectating, these events are great reasons to visit the Whiteface Region. With a beautiful set of roadways surrounded by mountains, lakes, and rivers, you'll experience an Adirondack biking vacation and adventure unlike any other.

Whiteface Region Recreation Map

Location:
Lake Placid, New York
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Travel along the AuSable River, over the bridges of Keeseville, and enjoy abundant views of the Adirondack Mountains and river valleys. Plenty of fine scenery. A few heavier traffic areas with limited shoulders. Services in...
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Au Sable Forks, New York
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This stretch of road between Lake Placid and Wilmington follows the Ausable River for most of its length. There are tumbling rapids and towering mountains. Abundant pulloffs for picnicing and picture taking. 25 miles round trip. Take...
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Lake Placid, New York
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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:...
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Lake Placid, New York
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Test yourself on the Ironman Bike Loop. Cruise the hills of three towns. Real Ironmen and Ironwomen do this twice! LENGTH: 56 mile loop. DIRECTIONS: Take Route 73 south out of Lake Placid, past the Cascade Lakes and down the infamous...
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Lake Placid, New York
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Follow the river with this quiet, flat loop with beautiful scenery and abundant photo opportunities. Many areas allow for sitting in the shade, listening to the water chuckle among the rocks. 9.3 miles, paved, low rolling hills. Most...
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Lake Placid, New York
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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...
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Wilmington, New York
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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...
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Jay, New York
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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....
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Jay, New York
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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 Café and Gift Shop for great views...
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Wilmington, New York
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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....
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Jay, New York
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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...
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Wilmington, New York
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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,...
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Wilmington, New York
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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...
Location:
Wilmington, New York
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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...
Location:
Wilmington, New York
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Barkeater Trail Alliance (BETA)
Location:
Lake Placid, New York
Phone:
(518) 523-1365
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