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.
riders to relax and take in the great scenery. Route
Lake George, Route 8 and Elephant
and Route 9 along Schroon
Lake are great spots to visit on the way to Vermont and on the
way back to Lake
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.
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
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.
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
VT Route 17
Stop at the Appalachian
Gap Overlook to catch your breath.
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
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.
Continue to Brandon and
then re-cross the Vermont Lowlands, Board the
Ferry and cross Lake
Champlain to Ticonderoga, NY.
Ride 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
Lake George. This is also a good spot to walk over to see La Chute
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
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
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.