Biking along the Olympic Byway in Northern New York
The unique landscapes, lifestyles, culture and crafts of the North Country will compete for your attention along the 170-mile Olympic Byway, stretching from the Henderson Harbor and Sackets Harbor area on Lake Ontario to Keeseville near Lake Champlain. A mix of woodlands and waterways unfolds as the road winds through mountain villages including Lake Placid and Wilmington, sites of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Games. For lake lovers, along the way are Star Lake, Cranberry Lake, Tupper Lake and Saranac Lake.
Road touring is pleasant and scenic along the Olympic Trail with a number of side loops that offer scenic rides long the area’s lakes and streams. There is a wide variety of mountain biking opportunities both in and out of the Adirondack Park. There are a growing number of bicycling events – from an annual road bike race up Whiteface Mountain, to local and national bike events at the Whiteface Ski Area, while Wilmington offers a Dirt Jump & Skills Park.
Community Connections along the Olympic Byway
A variety of bicycling opportunities – as well as suggestions on what to see and do – is highlighted in four segments along the Olympic Byway, starting in the east (click on the segments to view).
- Keeseville – Saranac Lake, 45 miles
- Saranac Lake – Cranberry Lake, 47 miles
- Cranberry Lake – Carthage, 55 miles
- Carthage – Sackets Harbor & Henderson Harbor, 36 miles
When biking in a rural area, 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.
Below are some of the sights along the way. Scroll over an image to see its title, or click an image to enlarge it and then move through the entire gallery (click on a large image to return here).