Hit the trails in the Adirondacks

The vibrant beauty of the Whiteface Region may be best experienced on two wheels. Whether you're looking for extreme downhill thrills, technical mountain climbs, or varying difficulties of flowy singletrack, mountain biking in the Adirondacks is for all sorts of riders! Before hitting the trails, you can even swing by the Wilmington Bike Park to refine your skills! 

Mountain biking events for all ages and skill levels

Events involving the mountain bike community are abound in the Whiteface Region. In summer, the Wilmington/Whiteface 100K traverses backcountry roads and smooth singletrack. In the fall, there's the Wilmington Mountain Bike Festival. When the weathers good, you can even try your hand at completing the Wonder of Wilmington mountain biking challenge. And while there are no events in the winter, you can still go fat-tire biking on trails and seasonal roads scattered throughout our region. 

a man bikes through tall grass.
A boy focuses on riding a ramp on a bike.
A man bikes over a hill on a mountain bike.
A woman looks out at lush marsh fields.

Trail stewardship, information, and conditions

The 23+ miles of mountain biking trails in the region are largely built and maintained by volunteer members of the Barkeater Trails Alliance (BETA) in collaboration with public agencies, including the New York state Department of Environmental Conservation, the Adirondack Park Agency, and not-for-profit environmental groups, towns, villages, and private landowners. Stop into a local bike shop for the latest trail conditions or to purchase a map, and visit TrailForks.com for more information. 

Mountain biking trails in nearby regions

While our area has some of the best trail systems in the Adirondacks, our neighbors in other towns have great options too. In the Lake Champlain Region, Otis Mountain and Blueberry Hill are two extensive mountain biking trail systems you need to check out, in addition to the newer Cobble Hill trail network. Over in the Lake Placid region, the Craig Wood and Heaven Hill trails are must-rides, and a trip to the Mount Van Hoevenberg trails is the perfect multi-purpose adventure. 


Responsible Riding

Follow these tips, tricks, and rules for a safe and enjoyable experience! Hover your mouse over the cards.


Riding trails on public or private lands is a gift, not a right. That hiker we just passed? She might own the land we’re riding on. With every ride, let’s remember to be grateful for the landowners and others who make it possible.


Enjoy nature, don’t ruin it. Keep on the trails. Erosion is our single highest impact when we’re out riding. Skidding causes erosion. Cutting corners can cut off access. Riding muddy trails messes it up for everyone. If we see animals, don’t bother them, remember them. Pick up trash, pack it out, carpool here and back.


We share the trails with others, and they have the same rights and responsibilities as each of us. If someone needs help, we help. If someone needs encouragement, we share our enthusiasm. And if it’s going to make the situation bet-ter, we dismount. Be nice, yield to others, and give a smile.


Being aggressive has no place in mountain biking. We know our limits, and we ride within them. Beyond the ride, let’s park where we’re supposed to, keep the tunes to a dull roar, and leave the IPAs for après somewhere else. Reckless behavior? A simple, polite call out will do.

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