The region’s 15 Scenic Byways provide the framework for this Bike-the-Byways presentation of bike routes, mountain bike rides and bike paths throughout the region. The Byways vary in length from 17 to 190 miles, and each offers a unique set of scenic, historic, cultural and recreational resources. Many of the Scenic Byways have their own websites that provide more information about biking on or near that Byway. Links to those websites are provided on the individual Byway pages.
For those familiar with the Scenic Byways, scroll over the 15 Byways tab at the top of the page to display the list, then scroll down the list to select a Byway or to select a specific community-to-community segment along that Byway. Opportunities for bicycle touring, training, single track and family rides are all featured.
For those new to the regional network of Scenic Byways, get oriented with the Regional Byway Map, where the list of Byways names can be clicked to see a Byway’s location on the map. Then click the map to go to that Byway’s overview page and learn more about its bicycling opportunities. Community-to-community segments are used to organize the bicycling opportunities for the longer Scenic Byways.
The other tabs across the top of the page provide topic-specific maps or lists showing all the features compiled for that topic, including bike paths, bike shops and guide books & maps – including links to online bicycling information for specific areas within the region.
The New York State Scenic Byways Program was created in 1992 by the State Legislature. The program is administered by the Department of Transportation and is guided and implemented by the Scenic Advisory Board. Today the program recognizes an extensive system of over 2,400 miles of roadways that offer exceptional driving experiences throughout the state.
New York State designated Scenic Byways must be of particular statewide interest, possess a variety of distinctive characteristics and offer an exceptional driving experience. The Adirondack North Country region is crossed by more Scenic Byways than any other portion of the State, with 12 New York State Scenic Byways, 2 National Scenic Byways and one All-American Road.
Lakes to Locks Passage along the eastern side of the region – is the State’s only nationally designated All-American Road, a designation given to the “best of the best” among Scenic Byways across the country. These roads must possess nationally significant qualities and contain one-of-a-kind features. There are 31 All-American Roads, each considered to be a “destination unto itself” providing an exceptional traveling experience.
The other National Scenic Byways are the Great Lakes Seaway Trail – one of the first roads in America to be designated as a National Scenic Byway – and the Mohawk Towpath Scenic Byway, which grew out of a 1998 initiative of the Mohawk Valley Heritage Corridor and became a New York State Byway in 2003.
Click the images below to view the regional maps displaying those features