Cycling on the Adirondack Coast

With four distinct seasons, countless bodies of water and mountains galore, options for outdoor adventure on the Adirondack Coast are endless. From the shores of Lake Champlain to the peaks of the Adirondack Mountains, the Adirondack Coast’s varied topography and spectacular views promise an unforgettable experience.
Road Cycling
The Adirondack Coast is renowned for its really great road biking. Picturesque roads wind through miles of farmland connecting family-owned vineyards, orchards and maple sugar shacks. Historic towns steeped in early American history and quaint lakeside villages offer plenty of opportunity for rest and recreation along the way. Quiet roads with wide shoulders stretch through some of the most gentle lakeside terrain and the steepest mountain climbs. Pedal past deep Adirondack lakes, soaring mountain peaks and through pristine wilderness without ever leaving the road. Since Velo Quebec visited the Adirondack Coast in 2010 with their Grand Tour, word has been getting out on the area’s great road biking. Grand Tour participants described the roads as “velvet” and interest in the area has increased since.  The Adirondack Coast is now featured in many itineraries for cycling groups including Tour de l'Île Tours by the Adventure Cycling Association based in Seattle, Washington.
Biking season typically kicks off in the spring, in May, when the snow is gone and the roads are clean. To get a bike adventure rolling cyclists can visit for:
  • Point-to-point rides, themed routes and loops geared for all skill levels.
  • Downloadable and printable maps
  • Interactive maps via MapMyRide
  • Travel deals and tools to plan a cycling vacation

New Bike Trail: Plattsburgh's War of 1812 Bike Trail
The Adirondack Coast along Lake Champlain hosts an annual series of reenactments, historic tours, family-friendly Adirondack events and performances to commemorate the Battle of Plattsburgh, the decisive battle in the War of 1812. This year marks the midst of the Bicentennial Commemoration of the War of 1812, and throughout the year the Adirondack Coast celebrates 200 years of peace.

Experience the history of the Battle of Plattsburgh while biking along the War of 1812 Bike Trail. The tour brings cyclists past many historic landmarks, museums and forts that helped win the battle.