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Lake George Rides

Lake George is the gateway to the southeast Adirondacks and gives easy access to the entire Adirondacks region and the State of Vermont. The region boasts numerous scenic mountain lakes including Lake George, Lake Champlain, Schroon Lake, and Great Sacandaga Lake. There is good riding in all directions with a nice mix of exciting twisties and scenic sweepers. The rides below are listed according to the regions names in blue on the map. Be sure to click on the many red links in the descriptions for more information.

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Eastern Lakes

The Eastern Lakes region has many of the Adirondack's best twisty roads. The elevation change from the mountains down to the lakes produce roads with many tight corners. The scenery is terrific with mountains to the west and Lake George and Lake Champlain to the east. Highlights include Fort Ticonderoga, Crown Point, a ride up to historic Mount Defiance, and Fort William Henry. Great roads include Tracy Road, Ensign Pond Road, Palisades Road,  Lincoln Pond Road, Hoffman Road (Route 24), Route 8 and Elephant Rock, Route 9, Route 74, Diamond Point Road, Schroon River Road, and Route 9N.

 

 

 

Ride - (Ride Report). This 223 mile ride is filled with great twisty roads and spectacular lake scenery. You'll ride along Lake George, Schroon Lake, and Lake Champlain. Some of the Adirondacks Best Twisty Roads are on this ride including Tracy Road (Route 6), Ensign Pond Road (Route 4),  Palisades Road, Lincoln Pond Road (Route 7), Hoffman Road (Route 24), Route 8 & Elephant Rock, Route 74, Diamond Point Road, Schroon River Road, and Route 9N. Finish at at Fort William Henry. (approx 5 1/2 hours without stops.) While in Ticonderoga, consider a short detour up Mount Defiance: (Ride Report).

Lunch at Hot Biscuit Diner, Burleigh's Luncheonette or other Ticonderoga spots. (reviews)

GPX files are for older Garmin GPS that do not use Trip Planner like the Zumo 665/660, Nav V, and the Zumo 550. GPX (Shaping) files are better for newer garmin devices like the Zumo 595/590, Nav VI, and the Zumo 396/395 that are limited in the number of waypoints they can use. GoogleMap is a classic Google Map that you can follow on your phone. Custom Map is a customized Google Map with more detail. Turn-By-Turn is a list of directions for those that prefer paper maps.

Read this short document about how to easily download rides to your Garmin GPS: Link

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Sacandaga and Central Lakes

 

Great Sacandaga Lake forms the southern border of Adirondack Park. Route 4 is an exciting twisty road that follows the north shore of this lake. Route 30 is the Adirondack version of Route 100 in Vermont. It is a scenic road that runs north-south through the entire Park.

 

 

Ride - (Ride Report). This 228 mile ride features a great warm-up twisty ride on Glenn Falls Mountain Road and then a very scenic and twisty ride on Route 4 along Great Sacandaga Lake. Route 30 then climbs into the heart of the Adirondacks at Indian Lake. There are some great twists on 28N and Blue Ridge Road (CR 84) before the ride turns south. There is an exciting run on CR 24 (Hoffman Road/Irishtown Road) and then a scenic ride along back roads to Lake George. (approx 5 hours without stops.)

 

Lunch at Izzy's Market & Deli, Cafe Sarah or other North Creek Restaurant (reviews).

GPX files are for older Garmin GPS that do not use Trip Planner like the Zumo 665/660, Nav V, and the Zumo 550. GPX (Shaping) files are better for newer garmin devices like the Zumo 595/590, Nav VI, and the Zumo 396/395 that are limited in the number of waypoints they can use. GoogleMap is a classic Google Map that you can follow on your phone. Custom Map is a customized Google Map with more detail. Turn-By-Turn is a list of directions for those that prefer paper maps.

Read this short document about how to easily download rides to your Garmin GPS: Link

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Lake Placid

 

Lake Placid is the jewel of the northern Adirondacks. This Olympic City still has many sites from the 1980 Olympics including the bobsled runs and the ski jump. Riders can also ride Route 431 to the top of Whiteface Mountain for a great view.

 

 

Ride - (Ride Report). This 257 mile ride follows Route 30 into the heart of the northern Adirondacks and goes past the Adirondacks tallest peaks and skirts the Olympic town of  Lake Placid. Riders will get to ride Route 18 (Forest Home Rd) & Route 431 (BONE Route) to the top of Whiteface Mountain. Things get exciting when the ride hits Hurricane Road before ending with a pretty ride on Route 9 along Schroon Lake. (approx. 6 1/2 hours without stops.)

Lunch in Keene at the Forty Six Restaurant.   

GPX files are for older Garmin GPS that do not use Trip Planner like the Zumo 665/660, Nav V, and the Zumo 550. GPX (Shaping) files are better for newer garmin devices like the Zumo 595/590, Nav VI, and the Zumo 396/395 that are limited in the number of waypoints they can use. GoogleMap is a classic Google Map that you can follow on your phone. Custom Map is a customized Google Map with more detail. Turn-By-Turn is a list of directions for those that prefer paper maps.

Read this short document about how to easily download rides to your Garmin GPS: Link

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Mid Vermont

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.

Ride - (Ride Report). This 220 mile ride travels on some of Vermont's best roads. Riders get to take the Champlain Bridge on the way out and Ticonderoga ferry across Lake Champlain on the way back. Highlights include Route 17, the best part of Route 100, and Route 73 in Vermont and Route 9N, Route 8, and Schroon Lake in New York. (approx. 6 hours without stops.)

Lunch in Warren, VT at The Warren Store.

GPX files are for older Garmin GPS that do not use Trip Planner like the Zumo 665/660, Nav V, and the Zumo 550. GPX (Shaping) files are better for newer garmin devices like the Zumo 595/590, Nav VI, and the Zumo 396/395 that are limited in the number of waypoints they can use. GoogleMap is a classic Google Map that you can follow on your phone. Custom Map is a customized Google Map with more detail. Turn-By-Turn is a list of directions for those that prefer paper maps.

Read this short document about how to easily download rides to your Garmin GPS: Link

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South Vermont

South Vermont is a great place to ride. Route 140 is one of the best twisty roads in the northeast. Other Best of New England Roads include Route 131, Skyline Drive, Kingdom/Tyson Road, and Route 7A. Great views can be seen at Mount Bromley and Mount Equinox.

Ride - (Ride Report). This 232 mile ride travels through the Southern Green Mountains. Route 140 (BONE Road) is one of the best twisty roads in the northeast. Kingdom Road/Tyson Road (BONE Road) is a fun twisty between Routes 100 and 106. Route 131 (BONE Road) is a State Scenic Road that runs along the Black River. Route 100 through Weston is one of Vermont's prettiest roads. While in Weston, check out the original Vermont Country Store. Route 11 goes past Mt Bromley and the scenic overlook (BONE view). The ride then follows pretty Route 7A (BONE Road) through Arlington and then climbs Skyline Drive (BONE Road) to the summit of Mount Equinox (BONE View). Next travel along the Batten Kill on Route 313 to NY. CR 64 takes you north to famous Steiningers in Salem. The ride ends with Routes 22, 149, and 36 back to Lake George. (approx. 6 hours without stops.)

Lunch at the Bryant House at the Vermont Country Store.

GPX files are for older Garmin GPS that do not use Trip Planner like the Zumo 665/660, Nav V, and the Zumo 550. GPX (Shaping) files are better for newer garmin devices like the Zumo 595/590, Nav VI, and the Zumo 396/395 that are limited in the number of waypoints they can use. GoogleMap is a classic Google Map that you can follow on your phone. Custom Map is a customized Google Map with more detail. Turn-By-Turn is a list of directions for those that prefer paper maps.

Read this short document about how to easily download rides to your Garmin GPS: Link

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Saratoga, Rensselaer, & Washington

 

Saratoga, Rensselaer, and Washington County abounds with rolling farmland that is rich in history. This is the land of the Mohicans that James Fennimore Cooper immortalized in his book. This area was a battleground both in the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War. The Battle of Bennington was actually fought in NY and it contributed mightily to the British defeat at Saratoga. The Battle of Saratoga was the turning point of the Revolution and the hero was Benedict Arnold!  Rensselaer County has the Taborton Loop which will have your tires smoking.

 

Ride - (Ride Report). This 243 mile ride is great combination of historic sites, scenic farmland, and good riding. There is a great twisty warmup on Glenn Falls Mountain Road. The route then visits the Saratoga Monument and travels past the Saratoga Battlefield. Check out the great scenery along the Tomhannock Reservoir and Crystal Lake on the way to lunch in Averill Park. Don't eat too much because right after lunch is the twisty Taborton Loop. After the loop, the ride follows some nice back roads to the Bennington Battle Park. From there riders cross 4 covered bridges on the way to the famous Steiningers in Salem. The route finishes with a nice ride along Cossayuna Lake and fun runs on Routes 149 and 9L (BONE Roads) to Lake George. (approx. 6 1/2 hours without stops.)

Lunch at The Towne Tavern in Averill Park

GPX files are for older Garmin GPS that do not use Trip Planner like the Zumo 665/660, Nav V, and the Zumo 550. GPX (Shaping) files are better for newer garmin devices like the Zumo 595/590, Nav VI, and the Zumo 396/395 that are limited in the number of waypoints they can use. GoogleMap is a classic Google Map that you can follow on your phone. Custom Map is a customized Google Map with more detail. Turn-By-Turn is a list of directions for those that prefer paper maps.

Read this short document about how to easily download rides to your Garmin GPS: Link

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Western Lakes

 

The Western Adirondacks are gentler and more relaxed than the Eastern Adirondacks. The curves are more sweeping and the views are lakes and forest.

 

 

Ride - (Ride Report). This 247 mile ride visits the best of the Western Adirondacks. Expect gentle sweepers and lake views. Route 10 and South Shore Road along Sacandaga Lake are nice and curvy. Finish with a ride up Prospect Nountain.

Lunch at The Soda Fountain Restaurant in Remsen or Tavern on the Gorge in Prospect.

GPX files are for older Garmin GPS that do not use Trip Planner like the Zumo 665/660, Nav V, and the Zumo 550. GPX (Shaping) files are better for newer garmin devices like the Zumo 595/590, Nav VI, and the Zumo 396/395 that are limited in the number of waypoints they can use. GoogleMap is a classic Google Map that you can follow on your phone. Custom Map is a customized Google Map with more detail. Turn-By-Turn is a list of directions for those that prefer paper maps.

Read this short document about how to easily download rides to your Garmin GPS: Link

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Saratoga Battlefield

The Saratoga Battlefield was the scene of the turning point of the Revolutionary War. General Burgoyne was marching south to meet up with British troops from New York City and Lake Ontario. His goal was to take control of the Lake Champlain-Lake George-Hudson River waterway. Had he been successful, he would have isolated New England from the rest of the colonies and probably won the war.

 

Ride - (Ride Report). This 10.9 mile ride visits all of the Battlefield stops. Be sure to stop in the Visitor's Center and see the short 20 minute movie about the battle. See the animated LED battle map that shows troop movements. Do not miss all the artifacts and displays and the view with the cannons.

GPX files are for older Garmin GPS that do not use Trip Planner like the Zumo 665/660, Nav V, and the Zumo 550. GPX (Shaping) files are better for newer garmin devices like the Zumo 595/590, Nav VI, and the Zumo 396/395 that are limited in the number of waypoints they can use. GoogleMap is a classic Google Map that you can follow on your phone. Custom Map is a customized Google Map with more detail. Turn-By-Turn is a list of directions for those that prefer paper maps.

Read this short document about how to easily download rides to your Garmin GPS: Link

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Short Sacandaga Loop

This is a great 2 hour ride for the rider that needs curves and scenery, but only has a couple of hours.

Ride -  This 69 mile ride is very curvy and very scenic. It is perfect for those that finish a ride early and want a great, short ride.

GPX files are for older Garmin GPS that do not use Trip Planner like the Zumo 665/660, Nav V, and the Zumo 550. GPX (Shaping) files are better for newer garmin devices like the Zumo 595/590, Nav VI, and the Zumo 396/395 that are limited in the number of waypoints they can use. GoogleMap is a classic Google Map that you can follow on your phone. Custom Map is a customized Google Map with more detail. Turn-By-Turn is a list of directions for those that prefer paper maps.

Read this short document about how to easily download rides to your Garmin GPS: Link

 

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