Adirondack Biking

Biking in the Adirondacks - New York's best

In the Whiteface Region you'll find opportunities for road, mountain, and downhill riding. With a beautiful set of roadways surrounded by mountains, lakes, rivers, and incredible vistas, you'll experience an Adirondack biking vacation unlike any other. Even better, you can ride year-round thanks to fat tire biking in winter!

Riding in the Adirondacks

Mountain biking in Wilmington is one of the most popular activities in the Whiteface Region. There are several trail systems on and around Whiteface Mountain, many of which are built and maintained by a dedicated group of volunteers, the Barkeater Trails Alliance. There are so many different areas to explore, you'll never get bored, and a wide variety of terrain is available to keep you challenged. Whiteface Mountain, which boasts the greatest vertical drop in the East, and is the fifth highest peak in New York, is not just known for skiing and snowboarding; hop on the gondola to the summit of Little Whiteface and take an exhilarating ride on a network of cycling specific mountain bike trails that wind down to the base lodge. There are trails suitable for beginner and expert riders alike. 

Adirondack road cycling is equally as abundant in the Whiteface Region. There are many rolling hills and winding roadways to explore. Two-wheeled enthusiasts can test themselves on the Whiteface Mountain Toll Road, or take an easy ride in the Ausable Valley. Steep climbs, challenging dirt sections, and smooth pavement throughout the region make the Whiteface Region an excellent location for your next training weekend or road cycling vacation. 

 

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Mountain Biking Events on Whiteface Mountain

The Wilmington Mountain Bike Festival, which happens every Labor Day weekend, is the premier celebration of Adirondack biking. The event draws hundreds of amateur and professional riders eager to test or improve their skills in various rides and clinics. These include guided rides, free shuttles on Poor Man’s Downhill, and great social events in the evenings. There are also numerous family-friendly activities, and events for those interested in trying biking for the first time.  

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Leave No Trace and Love Your ADK Pledge

The magic of the Adirondacks is the result of previous generations taking a long view and protecting the mountains, lakes, and rivers within the Blue Line. That tradition continues today as we support and encourage everyone to practice Leave No Trace ethics, which help protect the lands and waters of the Adirondacks.

Love Your ADK Pledge

These trails are a multi-purpose landmark for the New York State DEC. They are open to mountain biking, hiking, trail running, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and pretty much whatever else you can do without the use of a motor...
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Wilmington, New York
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The village of Lake Placid, while small and idyllic, can also be bustling and busy. Take a quick trip out of town - on your bike or in the car - for a peaceful drive along the famed Ausable River. Scenic Drives Starting at the...
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Wilmington, New York
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The Wilmington Flume Trail System has around 8.0 miles of trails in total. These trails are a multi-purpose open to mountain biking, hiking, trail running, skiing, and snowshoeing. Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing 16 different...
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Wilmington, New York
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Drive or ride up the historic Whiteface Veterans’ Memorial Highway to reach the top of NY’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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Stunning scenery on the aptly named Bonnieview Avenue. Quiet two lane roads that are great for exploring. Scenic Drive LENGTH: 14.5 miles. Cycling DIRECTIONS: At the four way stop in the center of Wilmington, continue straight...
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Wilmington, New York
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Cycling Follow back roads through forest and farmland through scenery that has been inspiring artists for generations. Asgaard Farm is now a working goat farm and cheese center with a farm store. Forest, farm, and mountain views....
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Jay, New York
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Stunning scenery in any season with this road loop which offers services in Wilmington. Cycling Circle the beauties of Lake Everest with this easy-riding road loop. Half of route is on a quiet road with little traffic. Scenic Drive...
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Wilmington, New York
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For bridge and river fans! For cyclists, these gently rolling hills are not as challenging as other routes, since they follow the river and the farming valleys. No matter how you travel this route, you'll enjoy the scenery....
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Jay, 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. There is plenty of fine scenery on this loop, which travels from Au Sable Forks to Keeseville...
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Au Sable Forks, New York
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Cycling Explore both branches of the Ausable River. Take a tour of small towns and explore the treasure hunting possibilities in the shops and galleries. Start in Wilmington and head on Route 86 toward Lake Placid. Follow the...
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Wilmington, New York
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Cycling 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...
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Wilmington, New York
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Poor Man’s Downhill, or PMD, is a local treasure for mountain bikers of all abilities seeking gravity-fueled excitement! In the winter, PMD is part of a community-connector snowmobile route that takes riders into...
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Wilmington, New York
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Cycling 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...
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Lake Placid, New York
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Cycling 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. Scenic...
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Wilmington, New York
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This is a scenic cruise around Whiteface and McKenzie mountains. Stunning beauty in any season. Cycling This route is especially striking in the fall, when crisp temperatures are perfect for longer, more strenuous routes. LENGTH: 46...
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Lake Placid, New York
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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...
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Lake Placid, 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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Hiking Cooper Kiln Pond lies in the valley between Morgan Mountain and Wilmington Peak. The pond sits nestled in the mountains with a somewhat heavily treed shoreline. There are a few rocky outcroppings opening up views out over the...
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Wilmington, New York
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