Your ADKTrailMap.com Adventure will be an experience to treasure!
Instead of driving the beautiful and scenic corridors of the Adirondack Mountains, consider riding your bike to fully immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and smells of the mountainous environment. With routes of varying elevation change and ranging from remote corridors with no buildings for miles to scenic paths near large towns, there are routes sure to meet everyone's skill levels and interests.
To help you make the most out of your Adirondacks experience, we here at ADKTrailMap.com have assembled a guide to help you have a safe and enjoyable journey while cycling. Remember to review this guide each time you pack for your trip to ensure that you don't leave anything behind.
The first stop for planning any trip to New York's Adirondack Mountains should be to ADKTrailMap.com. From here you can plan your route by browsing the map; seeing where to park; searching trails by trail type, level of difficulty, distance, and/or name; and exploring an array of other outdoor recreation activities.
ADKTrailMap.com is also available on mobile devices with limited features. For full functionality on smartphones, download our free 'Adirondack Trails' app from the either the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.
Sampling of Road Biking Routes
Remote North Routes
Starting and ending in Saranac Lake, this 67 mile route takes you into some very remote areas with scenic water views. Rolling elevation changes exist on the route making it moderately difficult.
Part of this Central Adirondack Route follows the path President Theodore Roosevelt took from Mount Marcy to the North Creek Train Station following President McKinley's death. It is a good option if you are looking for a route that is mostly remote yet with a few major towns dotted along the route. Consider staying overnight along the route in Long Lake, Blue Mountain Lake, or Indian Lake.
Short for Thendara, Old Forge, Big Moose, Indian Lake, and Eagle Bay, this trail exists in some segments as an off-street paved route, making it friendly for families and recreational riders, particularly in the Thendara – Old Forge Corridor. In other sections, the trail exists as stone, dust, and dirt.
This short 3 mile trail is great for a casual ride in Saranac Lake. Enjoy distant views of Adirondack Peaks.
Fish Creek Bike Roads
After pitching your tent or parking your camper, ride your bike around the paths of this large Adirondack campground. Trails total more than 4 miles in the entire campsite.
In case of any emergency know the DEC Forest Ranger Adirondacks Emergency Phone Line: 518-891-0235
If you have cell service in the Adirondacks, dialing 911 may direct you to a 911 Dispatcher in a neighboring county or potentially even Vermont. If for any reason a 911 Dispatcher can not assist you, dial the DEC Forest Ranger Emergency Phone Line. DEC Forest Rangers are highly trained emergency responders knowledgeable of the geography and subtleties of the Adirondack Mountains.
Wear your helmet.
Helmets should be worn at all times while bicycling, no exceptions.
Ride only on open trails.
Do not ride a mountain bike on any trails in DEC Forest Preserve Land classified as Wilderness.
Obey the rules of the road.
Ride on the right with traffic. Obey traffic signs, lights and road markings. Give right- of-way to pedestrians. Use correct hand signals.
Be aware of vehicular traffic. Although traffic is generally minimal in the Adirondacks, dangerous situations (such as blind turns and hill crests) can catch even the most cautious drivers off guard. We suggest staying as far to the right as reasonably possible unless riding at or near traffic speeds.
Do not ride on the sidewalk unless explicitly permitted by signs
Respect and help maintain the road corridors. Some content courtesy of the NYS DEC and the IMBA “Rules of the Trail”
Do not litter alongside the road.
When it comes to anything you bring with you on the trails, remember: “Pack-in, pack-out,” even if the items are biodegradable
If there are no privies available, dispose of human waste by digging a 6” – 8” hole at least 150 feet from water or campsites.
Although it may seem unorthodox, consider packing out human waste as well if you have the proper equipment.
Please Do Not Solely Rely on Electronic Technology.
When doing anything out on the trails, we urge you take a map, a compass, and know how to use
them. We offer an online interactive map that allows you to zoom in print your own map. We also
offer a wealth of downloadable PDFs about hiking, fishing, camping, birding, and more.
For smartphones, our Adirondack Trails app is GPS-enabled. Once downloaded to your
smartphone, the app provides a happy marriage of old technology (maps and compasses) and new.
It does not require cell phone service. Unlike a paper map, the app will show you exactly where you
are: on or off the trail. Both maps and apps have their limitations. Use together, with common
sense, and enjoy the beauty of the Adirondacks with confidence.