Eastern Lakes Ride
The 223 mile Eastern Lakes Ride
is my favorite twisty ride in the Northeast. It follows
beautiful lakes like Lake George, Brant Lake, Schroon Lake, Lincoln
Pond, Lake Champlain, Eagle Lake, Paradox Lake, and Loon Lake. The
ride follows mountain rivers and streams like Schroon River and the Boquet
River. There are great views of both the Adirondacks and the Green
Mountains in Vermont. What sets the ride apart, however, is the
quality of the twisty roads.
The ride begins by
following Route 9N along Lake George before turning inland to traverse the Tongue Mountains.
This is a great ride over the
mountains and back down to the Lake Shore.
Route 9N through the Tongue Mountains
Stop at the scenic Sabbath
Day Point Overlook to admire the awesome view. This pretty view has a
Sabbath Day Point
Turn left on Route 8 in
Hague and enjoy the great twists climbing into the Adirondacks on
Route 8. Pass Elephant Rock on your left.
Turn right onto Palisades Road (CR26) along Brant Lake.
This road twists
along the lake and is a great combination of curves and scenery. Be careful of the blind corners and of a few
driveways. It is best ridden off season when the Summer homes are
Turn right on Schroon
River Road and follow this idyllic curvy road along the river. Turn
right on Route 9 and ride north along pretty Schroon Lake. Stop at the
Stewarts in town and walk across to the memorial on the lake.
Continue north on Route 9
along the Schroon River. Turn right onto
Ensign Pond Road (CR4).
This is probably the best of the Adirondack twisty roads. 12 1/2 miles
of scenic twists! It is also the first of 4 consecutive great curvy
Ensign Pond Road
Turn left on Witherbee Rd
and then left again on superb Tracy Road. Super fun curvy road! Tracy
will leave you smiling.
Turn right on Route 9 and
follow it north toward
Elizabethtown. This section of Route 9 has some great curves. This
road will follow almost immediately after Tracy Road. The ride has a break in
Elizabethtown and it will be well deserved.
Route 9 to Elizabethtown
Leave Elizabethtown and
turn south on Lincoln Pond Road (Route 7).
This beauty crosses Lincoln Pond and twists
south toward Lake Champlain. This road concludes 45 straight miles of almost
non-stop twisties. Where else in the Northeast can you find that?
Lincoln Pond Road
Be sure to check out the
great view of Lincoln Pond on your right after you cross the bridge.
Lincoln Pond Road View
Turn left on Edgemont Rd
and descend to Lake George. There are some great views on the way
down. Follow the Lake south to Ticonderoga. Stop for lunch at the
Hot Biscuit Diner,
Burleigh's Luncheonette, or
other Ticonderoga spots. (reviews)
Hot Biscuit Diner
Consider riding the short distance to
map). This fort guarded passage along Lake Champlain and was
an important objective for both the British and American Armies.
British General Burgoyne badly needed the fort in 1777 for his grand
plan to control the Lake Champlain-Lake George-Hudson River corridor.
Fort Ticonderoga View
Fort Ticonderoga Exhibit
Rather than a frontal
assault, Burgoyne coyly placed artillery atop
From here, the British could easily train cannons on the Fort below.
The Americans evacuated the Fort without a fight. A token from the
Fort Ticonderoga Tour gives access to Mount Defiance. By itself, there
is a $10 toll. There is a talk every day at 4:00.
Fort Ticonderoga used to
be the French Fort Carillon. It's costliest battle was the
Battle of Carillon during the French and Indian War in
1758. Be sure to see the French and the British Memorials and the
French trenches while visiting Fort Ticonderoga.
Descend from Mount
Defiance to Montcalm Street, turn left and stop at the pullout for
Bicentennial Park. Look at historic La Chute waterfall. Native
Americans and Colonials portaged around these falls between Lake
Champlain and Lake George.
The red line in the photo
below shows the direction of the historic portage path to Lake George.
Ride a little further west
and park at the
Ticonderoga Heritage Museum & Visitor Center. Walk
across the street and read the tablet about the Portage Trail/Great
War Trail. Native Americans used this trail for thousands of years to
portage around Le Chute Falls on the way between Lake Champlain and
Star Trek fans can
consider stopping at the
Original Series Tour. You can visit exact replicas of the
sets from the original TV series.
Star Trek Tour
Star Trek Tour
Continue west on Montcalm
Street to the Traffic Circle. At the center of the circle is this
Ride west on NY Route 74
past Eagle Lake and Paradox Lake to Route 9. Turn left on Route 9 and
ride south to Schroon Lake.
Turn right on Hoffman Road (Route 24). I had never heard boo about this road
until Phil, my brother, and I stumbled upon it. The
combination of curves and elevation changes make this road a blast to
Hoffman Road (CR24)
Stop at the Olmsteadville
Dam for a nice break.
Follow Route 9 south past
Loon Lake and south along the Schroon River. Turn left on
Diamond Point Road and descend to Lake George. Turn right on
Route 9N and follow the Lake back to Lake George.
Consider stopping at
Henry for a tour of this historic fort. Fort William Henry
was a British fort that was the site of notorious atrocities committed
after the Battle
of Fort William Henry by
the Huron tribes against the surrendered British and provincial troops
following a successful French siege in 1757. That event was portrayed
in James Fenimore Cooper's novel "The Last of the Mohicans." The fort
had been a staging ground for British attacks against the French fort
at Crown Point.
Fort William Henry
Continue south on Route 9
to the hotel.