Over the Hills and Far Away
Difficult – 45.2 miles (72.7km)
This loop, created by Lake Champlain Bikeways, includes a couple of strenuous climbs and exhilarating downhills. After the climb on Norrisville Road the route passes Macomb State Campsite and Day Use Area – there is no day use fee for cyclists. After Peasleeville, climbing becomes strenuous and ends after the turn onto Ore Bed Road affording great views of Lyon Mountain, working pastures, woodlands and a steep downhill.
The Clinton Correctional Facility, which opened in 1845 with the mandate for inmates to work an iron ore mine owned by the state, is the center of Dannemora. The mining experiment was ended in 1877 and the wall was built. Just east are the gothic buildings of Clinton Annex, opened in 1899 as the Dannemora State Hospital for inmates declared insane after trial. Closed in 1972, it is now a separate correctional facility.
General Leroy Manor Road, with views of the Adirondack High Peaks, is named for a Clinton County native who served with distinction as a fighter pilot in World War II and the Vietnam War. Akey Road includes a spectacular 2 mile downhill.
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