Bicycling along the Dude Ranch Trail Scenic Byway
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Adventure seekers and families on vacation will find great excitement on this 40-mile loop. The Dude Ranch Trail passes the First Wilderness Heritage Corridor, pill wildlife, pharm four-season recreational trails, viagra order horse ranches and lakeside resort villages. Enjoy amazing views of the historic Hudson River cutting its way south through an Adirondack landscape.
Family Ride – Glens Falls Feeder Canal Trail, a 9-mile trail connects Glens Falls and Fort Edward along the historic towpath of the Feeder Canal near the Hudson River and Old Champlain Canal. The Feeder Canal Trail follows one of the last surviving sections of the original 1820s Canal System. see also Canal Trail map and Canal Trail descriptions
Moderate Ride – Warren County Bike Path, a 17-mile paved pathway linking Glens Falls to Lake George, mostly along paved paths dedicated and signed for bicycle and pedestrian use. click to view a path video, also see Bike Path map and Bike Path user comments
- Stony Creek – Thurman Area Road Biking, Stony Creek – The communities of Stony Creek and Thurman are at the cross-roads of some nice road rides and loops in this quiet corner of Warren County – great blacktops and pleasant rides along Stony Creek and the Upper Hudson River.
Training Ride – Lake George Loop, 100 miles around Lake George, with optional Tour Boat ride.
- Sacandaga 85?er – A very scenic 85-mile loop out of Saratoga Springs and following a portion of Great Sacandaga Lake. Mostly rolling with a few moderate hills, the route is mapped by the Saratoga Cycling Club. Olympians participating in the 1980 Montreal Olympics trained on some of these same roads and it remains one of the more popular rides in the region.
Mountain Bike Opportunities
There is a variety of mountain biking opportunities in the Lake George and Warrensburg area. There is also a system of trails right in Glens Falls at Crandall Park. The following links provide some of the details, but be sure to check in with local bike shops for current conditions.
- Wilcox Lake Wild Forest, Stony Creek – There is a large network of snowmobile trails in the Stony Creek area that make great mountain biking and are described in area guidebooks.
- Pack Demonstration Forest – marked and maintained trails. The terrain is flat, with the exception of an optional long climb up Ben Wood Mountain, and several loops are possible on dirt and sand roads.
- Shelving Rock Road – Road and trails in the Lake George Wild Forest can be extremely hilly. The Upper Hogtown Parking Area is 1000 feet higher in elevation than the shoreline of Lake George. There are former carriage roads that offer some easier riding.
Not to Miss
- The Hyde Collection
- Coopers Cave
- a swim in Lake George
see Adirondack Scenic Byways.org for many more points of interest along this route
Bike Events in the Area
- Tour of the Battenkill – Cambridge, 2nd weekend in April, with preview ride on the 3rd Sunday in March
- ididaride!, Adirondack Bike Tour – a loop ride from North Creek
- through Speculator and back, 3rd Sunday in August
also see the complete list of bike events in the region
Bike Shops Nearby
- Inside Edge Ski & Bike Shop, Glens Falls / Queensbury
- Rick’s Bike Shop, Glens Falls / Queensbury
- The Source, North Creek
also see the complete list of bike shops in the region
- Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce
- Adirondack Regional Tourism Council
- Warren County, Lake George Tourism Information
- Lake George Area Information
- Lake George Region Information
- Warrensburg Area Information
- Athol and Thurman Area Information
also see the complete list of visitor information resources for the region
Check in with Chamber offices, bike shops and other sports shops in the area to get the latest information and review your route with someone knowledgeable of the area. When biking, dress for the weather and carry water, snacks, map, repair kit and cell phone. When biking in rural areas, services could be few and far between, and cell phone service may not always be available. See the Before You Ride notices in the bottom section of this website, as well as the Disclaimer notice.