Your Adirondack Basecamp

With striking scenery and a variety of terrain and old-fashioned towns to explore along the way, biking in the Adirondacks is always an adventure. In the Schroon Lake region—your Adirondack basecamp—enjoy an array of cycling and mountain biking routes for riders of all abilities and fitness levels. Try the scenic 25-mile ride on Hoffman Loop, beginning at Hoffman Road you will journey past Bullet, Muller, Bigsby, and Oliver Ponds. Or set out on the Adirondack Marathon loop—featuring 26.2 miles of paved, moderate terrain with short rolling hills and places to stop—including two Schroon Lake hiking trails and a public beach. For a longer ride, the Grand Loop offers 56 miles of beautiful scenery through the Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest with a crossing of the Boreas River. Enjoy the view along Boreas Road. Stop at some of the notable Schroon Lake attractions along the way, or simply rest and take in the views. If you prefer to get off the road, try the 3-mile Crane Pond Road, which leads to beautiful Crane Pond and the Pharaoh Mountain trailhead. Or, for more serious mountain biking trails, check out the Thilo Road route—a 3-mile non-maintained dirt road through the woods or the 9.7 mile Extreme Loop which leads from Thilo Road to Charley Hill. For more information on biking in the Schroon Lake region, download the Bicycling Map Guide, offering road and trail conditions, distances, terrain, recommended loops, and suggested sites to visit. Check out Schroon Lake lodging options and book your biking trip today!

The two-wheel action doesn't stop just because summer and fall are over! Fat biking has taken root in the Adirondacks, and many of the routes above can still be pedaled in winter. 

Leave No Trace

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.

Fleming Pond Road, Paradox, New York
(518) 532-7675
If your heart belongs to narrow gravel roads with a pond of their very own, this is the route for you. Becomes Stoney Lonesome Road to Crown Point if you keep hearing its call.
Hardscrabble Road, Olmstedville, New York
(518) 532-7675
Cruise this scenic loop that is easy riding, with mountains ringing the horizon. Cross a creek halfway. 6.5 miles, paved roads, services in Olmstedville.
Route 9, North Hudson, New York
(518) 532-7675
This is a great loop that takes you through some true Adirondack wilderness as well as along a scenic lake. Scenic Drives Directions From North Hudson, take Route 9 south. From Schroon Lake, it is...
Caza Turn Road, North Hudson, New York
(518) 532-7675
A loop that circles three ponds with side trips to more. Beaver ponds and wide vistas. The side trail to Bass Lake (1.4 miles RT) features rock ledges, cliffs, and great fishing. Moose Mountain Pond...
Route 28N, Newcomb, New York
(518) 532-7675
Ride through charming small towns with attractions and services. Lodging and dining available roadside in the towns of Newcomb, Minerva, North Creek, Indian Lake, Blue Mountain Lake, and Long Lake....
Letsonville Road, Paradox, New York
(518) 532-7675
Cycling Get off the asphalt! This spectacular half day of mountain biking is on mostly remote, unpaved roads, with a variety of hills and valleys, open and wooded terrain, marshes, ponds, and...
Route 9 & Route 4, North Hudson, New York
(518) 597-4649
Take a day long ride through some of the most remote paved roads in the whole park. View dozens of ponds and wetlands, cross several headwaters, and see some historic mining and farming areas. 36.3...
Ensign Pond Road, North Hudson, New York
(518) 532-7675
Cycling This lovely route is also a symbol of friendship: look for the stone with an image of the two shaking hands etched in it. The North Hudson Pine Ridge Cemetery is the resting place of a...
Frontiertown Road off Route 9, North Hudson, New York
TEMPORARILY CLOSED due to construction of new welcome center.   Ride through the lovely area that used to be Frontiertown, a pioneering theme park that closed in 1998. Access via a short road...
Blue Ridge Road, Newcomb, New York
(518) 532-7675
A stretch of great scenery, with wonderful curves to reveal new vistas at every turn. Pack a lunch; this is the wilderness. When ridden west-to-east, it becomes an exhilarating thrill ride of...
Main St, Schroon Lake, New York
(518) 532-7675
This loop is grand in many ways, but especially the scenery. Much of it goes through the Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest area, with a crossing of the Boreas River and the views along Boreas Road....
8728 State Route 9, Pottersville, New York
(518) 532-7675
Explore the quiet paved roads giving access to Scaroon Manor Campground on the west shore of Schroon Lake. Informational posts throughout the complex tell the history of this once-famous resort. A...
Blue Ridge Road, North Hudson, New York
(518) 532-7675
Views of the High Peaks dominate the scene from the shore of Boreas Ponds, the 320-acre waterbody for which this region is named. LaBier Flow, Boreas River, LeClaire Brook, Casey Brook, Slide Brook,...
Main St, Schroon Lake, New York
(518) 532-7675
This delightful loop follows the route of the Adirondack Marathon. It is mostly flat with short rolling hills. Breaks suggest themselves, such as the town beach, and two hiking trailheads. 26.2...
897 NYS Route 74, Paradox, New York
(518) 532-7675
Camping This DEC State Campground is set amid rolling hills of hardwood along a quiet scenic road. Canoes and rowboats are available for rent at the registration booth. Located on the shore of Dark...
Crane Pond Road, Schroon Lake, New York
(518) 532-7675
Cycling Town maintained dirt roads becomes non-maintained road. Woodsy, moderately hilly, and high likelihood of wind and mud. Approximately 3 miles. Running Leads to Crane Pond & Pharaoh...
Tahawus Mines Road, Newcomb, New York
(518) 532-7675
This road leads to the Tahawus Ghost Town; a former mining town no longer open to the public. But the road leading up to it is a marvelous ride alternating deep forest, hidden meadows, bridges, lakes...
Route 9, Schroon Lake, New York
(518) 532-7675
Starting at Schroon Lake take scenic Hoffman Road past Bullet Pond, and the trio of Muller, Bigsby, and Oliver Ponds. This route turns into Irishtown Road, with river views approaching Olmstedville....
Stone Bridge Road, Olmstedville, New York
(518) 532-7675
Scenic country between two charming small towns. A great way to visit the Natural Stone Bridge and Caves! LENGTH: 6 miles. Add a 5 mile round trip if visiting the Natural Stone Bridge and Caves,...
Johnson Pond Road, North Hudson, New York
(518) 532-7675
Go right by Johnson Pond for some gorgeous scenery. This route connects North Hudson with Paradox via the Letsonville road. Scenic, moderate hills, some paved but mostly gravel. DISTANCE: 6 miles....
Federal Flats Road, Schroon Lake, New York
(518) 532-7675
Cycling This paved, flat route runs along the Minerva River and forms a short loop road with Irishtown Road. Running Part of the scenic network of secondary, scenic, area roads. Scenic Drives...

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