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Western Adirondack Biking Trails, Paths & Routes

Below are trails that are partially or entirely located in the western region of the Adirondacks. This includes towns such as Big Moose, Blue Mountain Lake, Canton, Carthage, Clifton, Eagle Bay, Inlet, Lyons Falls, Old Forge, Potsdam, and Tupper Lake.

Please note, this list is not exhaustive and is only meant to be a starting point for your Adirondack biking adventures!

view of old forge from mccauley mountain

Mountain Biking

Safford Pond

This 4.5 mile beginner/intermediate trail connects Big Moose Lake and Lake Rondaxe.

Access: Northern - Safford Pond Trailhead on Big Moose Road; Southern - Rondaxe North Shore Road

Seventh Lake Trail

Located in Inlet, this intermediate trail runs along Seventh Lake for 4.4 miles. There are lots of places to stop and swim or enjoy the lake along the way.

Access: Seventh Lake Road in Inlet

Black Bear Trail to Bug Lake & Morgan's Miles

This 7 miile Inlet and Raquette Lake trail has some flat dirt roads that are great for beginning bikers. There are also some more challenging off-road trails for more advanced riders.

Access: Sagamore Road, Eighth Lake Campground, Uncas Road

Moose River Recreation Area

The annual Black Fly Challenge takes place on this route between Inlet and Indian Lake, which features over 40 miles of dirt roads and 30 miles of marked trails for riders of all ability levels.

Access: Near Limekiln Lake in Inlet

Peavine Swamp Trail

This moderately difficult ride is 4 miles one-way and leads to a lean-to on the inlet of Cranberry Lake.

Access: South side of Route 3, east of Peavine Swamp

Otter Creek Horse Trail System

The Otter Creek network features 65 miles of interlocking trails covering various terrain for riders of all ages and ability levels.

Access: Intersection of Bull Road and Pond Road in Lewis County


TOBIE Pedestrian and Bike Path

This bicycle and pedestrian pathway connects Thendara, Old Forge, Big Moose, Inlet, and Eagle Bay, and is 14 miles from end to end.

Access: State Route 28, Thendara

  1. The paved trail begins south of Thendara on State Route 28
  2. Turn right at the train station and go on Forge Street, then the road will hit Route 28 again on the right
  3. After a mile, the trail turns right onto Hemlock Street, and then turns left over Moose River
  4. The trail follows Railroad Avenue, and then it turns right onto a trail behind the school
  5. Stay on the trail as it crosses South Shore Road in front of the Medical Center and travels in front of Old Forge Pond
  6. Keep going behind the Visitor Center and the town beach, and then go over the covered bridge
  7. Cross Route 28 onto North Street, and then stay on North Street
  8. North Street leads to unpaved snowmobile trails that lead to Big Moose, Eagle Bay, and Inlet
  9. These trails are closed during hunting season and snowmobilng season (September 14 - April 1)

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