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 unforgetable Adirondack vacation. There are so many miles and combinations of roadways for riding, it’s impossible to get to them all in a single visit to the area. Whether you're training for one of the area's races, want to challenge yourself on steep climbs in the mountains or enjoy a more casual ride through picturesque valleys, there is a route 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 seldomly-driven roads of Taylor Pond and Silver Lake. To the south, following the legendary Ausable River through the Wilmington Notch, lies the village of Lake Placid.

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

Peak performance

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 climb takes riders 3,647 vertical feet from the start to just below the summit of New York's fifth-highest peak. There is also an annual road race hosted by Team Placid Planet that 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, and don't worry if you'd rather 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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Lake Placid, 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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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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