Here are some great biking routes worth trying. Please note: If the DOT designates an area as a “bike route” bikers are required by law to use it and not the main highway lane.
Route 28N/30 and Route 28 The entire distance to North Creek is a bike route. (approx 40 miles).
Route 28 South through Raquette Lake is a bike route, but the shoulders are narrow. Use caution.
Route 30 North towards Tupper Lake includes designated bike paths.
Great loop includes Long Lake – Blue Mountain – Indian Lake – North Creek – Minerva – Newcomb Loop. From Long Lake follow Route 28N/30 south to Blue Mt. Lake and turn left onto Route 28 east to North Creek and then back onto Route 28N through Minerva and Newcomb.
Endion Road in Long Lake. A winding paved town road, 2 miles. Look for Endion Rd. intersecting with Route 30 on the left side of the highway, North of Long Lake Village.
North Point Road. This paved county highway begins 3.2 miles southwest of the LL Town Hall off route 28N/30. (Deerland Rd) It is about 11 more miles to the end at North Point, near the edge of Raquette Lake. Please use caution, there is plenty of New York State land to explore and visit, including Buttermilk Falls and Forked Lake. Please be cautious and do not go on private property.
Sabattis Road. Travel 6 miles northwest on Route 30 (Towards Tupper Lake) you will reach Sabattis Road on the left. Ride 12 more miles to the end of the road to see the abandoned railroad tracks part of the Adirondack Railway running from Utica to Lake Placid.
Sargent Ponds Wild Forest at end of North Point Road LONG LAKE NY
4-mile loop of double- and singletrack trails with an 8-mile, out-and-back trail (4 miles one way) tacked onto the end. The route begins as an eroded singletrack and continues along the well-marked snowmobile trails connecting two scenic ponds rimmed with evergreens. The first pond, known as Upper Sargents Pond, is a great spot for camping. The tiny islands in the middle of the lake add great beauty to the scenery. A lean-to can be found on the second pond, Lower Sargents Pond, and makes another great place to camp. From these base camps you can then set out to explore the 8-mile, out-and-back trip to Tioga Point on Raquette Lake. Tioga Point is located at about the center portion of the lake. The fairly level ride through a mature woodland of conifer and hardwood makes this out-and-back trail a pleasant and enjoyable trip. There are several lean-tos used for canoe camping, but anyone can camp in them. Lying west of this small jewel of a trail system is the majestic, 3,759-foot Blue Mountain and Blue Mountain Lake. Blue Mountain has a great hiking trail system, and views from the summit are something to seek out. Considered to be one of the most beautiful in the Adirondacks, Blue Mountain Lake is filled with a variety of islands. This is a great ride, and its location is amid great canoeing, camping, and hiking. Located near Blue Mountain and Long Lakes on County Route 3 in the west-central Adirondacks. There is a minor ascent after leaving CR 3 and then a descent to the level of the ponds. From there it is mostly level riding. The last section of the loop you will take to leave this area requires another small ascent, followed by a short descent back to CR 3.
It is permissible to ride any marked trail in the Long Lake & Raquette Lake area except the Northville-Placid Trail and those trails that cross State Land classified as Wilderness. As usage dictates, review of the trails will be made and other trails may be restricted. Please obey all NYSDEC signs.
Lake Eaton/Endion Road—about .5 miles to Lake Eaton, 3.5 miles to Lake Eaton Campsite from the trailhead on Endion Rd.. Not Rated.
The trailhead is reached by going north on Rte. 30 from the village and turning left on to the Endion Rd. The trailhead is on the right side of the Endion Road, 1.6 miles from Rte. 30 on a sharp curve. There are signs directing the visitor to the proper trail. This trail skirts the western shore of the Lake.
Lake Eaton-Big Brook Loop—4.0 miles for the loop, This is a good trail for almost everyone. Start at the entrance to the Lake Eaton Campsite on Rte.30, 2.25 miles from the Long Lake Town Hall. Go down to the end of the road where the trail enters the woods. This trail winds around to Rte. 30. CROSS THE HIGHWAY and continue on the trail as it loops back to the Campsite entrance. An especially pretty trail in the fall.
Great Camp Santanoni in Newcomb –
PDF Map – NYS DEC WEBSITE
This is a wide carriage dirt road to a Historic Great Camp in the Adirondacks. A multi-use trail that allows in summer biking, hiking and horseback riding; in winter x-c skiing, snowshoeing (I’m not sure about fat tire).
In the summer there is a horse and cart that take people, canoes/kayak and cyclists (I know of one time they helped a guy with a flat tire out)
The trail has a peak at about 3 miles in (or 1.5 miles out) so you get a nice down hill ride into the camp and out the parking lot.
Scenic wide carriage roads ideal for outdoor adventures featuring spectacular views of the High Peaks Wilderness as well as Adirondack Great Camp history.
Location: Newcomb, NY. Essex County.
9.4 mile out-and back (4.7 miles one way).
Well-maintained, wide dirt and gravel carriage road.Easy to moderate (due to length).
340 ft. Flat and gently rolling hills.
Hiking, mountain biking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing.
Caution: This is considered “Wild Forest”. Carry maps, compass, rain gear, insect repellent, water and snacks.
Muti-use trails. Also vehicles such as horse-drawn carriages and state maintenance vehicles use the carriage roads. Avoid durng the “wet season – spring run-off” or after heavy rains.
Essex Chain of Lakes, Newcomb NY
Nearly 20 miles of administrative roads in the Complex are open for bicycling. The roads open for bicycle use are in the Bike Routes Map (PDF 1.0 MB) and in the following list:
8.5 miles of the Chain Lakes Road North from the Goodnow Flow Road to the Cedar River
1.5 miles of the Drake’s Mill Road from Chain Lakes Road North to the Hudson River Access Site at the Polaris (Iron) Bridge
2.5 miles of road from the Chain Lakes Road North to the Deer Pond Parking Area
2.5 miles of road looping around Deer Pond
0.3 mile of road from Chain Lakes North to Jackson Pond
3.0 miles of the Chain Lakes Road South from the Outer Gooley Parking Area to the Cedar River
1.0 mile of road from the Chain Lakes Road South to Pine Lake.
The Essex Chain Lakes Road South can be accessed from the Deer Pond Parking Area can be accessed from the nearby community of Newcomb.
Biking is prohibited beyond the Polaris (Iron) Bridge into the Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest.
Bicyclist should not travel on the Goodnow Flow Road beyond the intersection with the Chain Lakes Road North. The Goodnow Flow Road becomes a private road shortly after the DEC sign for “Essex Chain Lakes and Hudson River Access” sign at the intersection with the Chain Lakes Road North. Turn left at the sign on to the Chain Lakes Road North.
McRorie Lake/Cedarlands –
End of Kickerville Road in Long Lake, NY Limited Opening from August 23rd until June 23rd – so it is open during mud season. Not open to public during summer months
General information on biking includes how-to and safety tips with links to rules & regulations
Fishing Camp Trail is open to biking and extends 4.0 miles from the trailhead to the northeastern shore of McRorie Lake. The first 0.4 mile of the trail is located on the Kickerville Road. The trail passes Mud Pond then runs parallel to the shores of McRorie Lake and with small ascents and descents along its length. Beyond the Mud Pond Hand Launch Site (approximately 0.75 mile from the trailhead) the trail is open to the public for biking from August 24 – June 23.
Bikers must remain on the section of trail between Mud Pond and the McRorie Lake Outlet (the Base Camp Area). Accessing the private lands adjacent to the trail is prohibited.
McRorie Lake Trail leaves the Fishing Camp Trail approximately 2.1 miles from the trailhead at the junction of three trails. The trail extends 0.5 mile at the end of a point on the southwest shore of the lake. The trail is open to the public for biking from August 24 – June 23.
Popular mountain bike trails near Raquette Lake
The 22-mile Limekiln Lake-Cedar River Road is a seasonal access road which runs through the Moose River Plains Complex and can be used with other roads and highways to travel between Inlet and Indian Lake.
Seventh Lake Mountain Trail extends 12.8 miles between Limekiln Lake-Cedar River Road and Sagamore Road.
Old Uncas Road Trail extends 7.2 miles between two trailheads along State Route 28 – one across from the Seventh Lake Boat Launch and the other across from Eighth Lake Campground.
Mohegan Lake Trail leaves the Old Uncas Road Trail 2.7 miles from the Eighth Lake Campground Trailhead and connects with Mohegan Lake Road then Sagamore Road.
Alot of long hills on the gravel road, mostly up on the way in. The road will take you to, and around, Mohegan Lake, but on the way back out, you will see a snowmobile trail that breaks left. This trail is a good ride, and it will take you out to Eighth Lake on Rte 28. The trail continues past Rte 28, but this is a good place to turn around. It’s approx. 8 – 10 miles out and back
Bug Lake Trail extends 3.2 miles between Uncas Road and Eighth Lake Campground through which bikers can connect to the Seventh Lake Mountain Trail.
Mike Norris Trail extends 2.5 miles between the Bug Lake Trail and Uncas Road.
Otter Brook Trail extends 6.6 miles from the trailhead located at the end of Otter Brook Road. The trail follows along the Otter Brook and the West Canada Lake Wilderness boundary.
In addition to the trails, bikers can use Uncas Road, Sagamore Road and State Route 28 to create long distance cycling trips.