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.