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Mid Vermont Ride

 

Mid Vermont has some of the best riding in the northeast. Route 17 over Appalachian Gap, Route 100 through Glanville Reservation, and Route 73 over Brandon Gap are justly famous. The combination of lush green farms and spectacular mountain scenery make for a great day. The Ticonderoga ferry crossing of Lake Champlain allows riders to relax and take in the great scenery. Route 9N along Lake George, Route 8 and Elephant Rock, and Route 9 along Schroon Lake are great spots to visit on the way to Vermont and on the way back to Lake George.

This 220 mile ride begins by following Schroon River Road north along the river to Route 8. Turn east on Route 8 and ride some nice sweepers along Brant Lake. Pass North Pond and then look for Elephant Rock.


Elephant Rock

 

 

Descend on some great curves to the shore of Lake George. Turn left on Route 9N in Hague and follow the lake north to Ticonderoga. Continue north on CR 7 and ride the great twists north of Amy Hill Road. Turn right on Edgemont Road and enjoy nice lake views as you ride down to Lake Champlain.

 

Follow the lake to Crown Point (park map) (walking tour) $4.00. The French Fort St. Frederic and later the British Fort Crown Point guarded passage along the lake. They were important both during the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War. Admire the view of the Champlain Bridge and visit the the ruins of Fort St. Frederic and Fort Crown Point. There are costumed interpreters and a museum/visitor's center. Restrooms are available.

 


Crown Point

 


Fort Crown Point


Crown Point Park Map

Cross Lake Champlain on the Champlain Bridge and traverse the Vermont Lowlands and numerous farms on VT Route 17. Enter the Green Mountains and begin climbing on Route 17. This road becomes the most challenging twisty road in the entire State.


VT Route 17

Stop at the Appalachian Gap Overlook to catch your breath.


Appalachian Gap

 

Descend from App Gap and carve some more great twisties past Mad River Glen Ski area and on to Route 100 in Waitsfield.

 


Vermont Route 17

 

 

Turn right and follow Route 100 south to Warren. Stop for lunch in Warren, VT at The Warren Store. Be sure to sit out on the deck overlooking the waterfall.

 

After lunch, ride through the Warren Covered Bridge and follow Route 100 south through Granville Reservation. This curvy, wooded stretch runs along the Mad River and is my favorite part of Route 100. Stop at Moss Glen Falls on your right for a great view.

 


Moss Glen Falls

 

 

Continue south on Route 100 and follow the White River past the Old Hancock Hotel and gas up at the Irving Station in Rochester. Turn right on Route 73 and start climbing to Brandon Gap. Stop at Mount Horrid to check out the view.

 


Mount Horrid

 

Continue to Brandon and then re-cross the Vermont Lowlands, Board the Ticonderoga Ferry and cross Lake Champlain to Ticonderoga, NY.


Ticonderoga Ferry

 

 

Ride the short distance to Fort Ticonderoga (fort 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

 


Fort Ticonderoga View

 


Fort Ticonderoga Exhibit

 


Fort Map

 

 

Rather than a frontal assault, Burgoyne coyly placed artillery atop Mount Defiance. 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.

 


Mount Defiance

 


Mount Defiance

 


Mount Defiance

 

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.

 


British Memorial

 


French Memorial

 

 

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.

 

La Chute

 

The red line in the photo below shows the direction of the historic portage path to Lake George.

 


Portage Trail

 

 

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 Lake George. This is also a good spot to walk over to see La Chute Falls.

 


Portage Sign

 

Star Trek fans can consider stopping at the Star Trek 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 great Liberty Monument.

 


Liberty Monument

 

Leave Ticonderoga and follow Lake George south on Route 9N. Stop at the scenic Sabbath Day Point Overlook to admire the awesome view. This pretty view has a bloody secret.

 


Sabbath Day Point Overlook

 

Follow Route 9N inland and ride some great curves as you cross the Tongue Mountains. Descend back down to the lake and follow Route 9N back to the hotel.