Plenty of Peaks Motorcycle Trail

Plenty of Peaks Motorcycle Trail

The Heart of the High Peaks Awaits

This trail has everything a road trip should: retro cool, gorgeous views, and plenty of picturesque — and wild! — stops. Wind through and around the beautiful Saranac Lakes, dotted with green islands, climb stunning Whiteface Mountain on two wheels, and marvel at peaks rising around you. Whiteface is the 5th highest peak in the state and the Veterans' Memorial Highway is both a classic ride and a great way to view the majesty of the Adirondacks all around. You'll enjoy the best of everything as you travel through the historic downtowns of Saranac Lake and Lake Placid, which has twice hosted the Olympic Winter Games, before you head back out into great scenery. Get away from it all on beautiful back roads, some of the prettiest around. The stretch between Saranac Lake and Whiteface takes you along the tumbling Saranac River and Franklin Falls Flow, while between Wilmington and Lake Placid, the narrow curves of the road follow the Ausable River for a truly beautiful cruise. As you head towards Keene and Keene Valley, you'll learn why generations of visitors have come here for the perfect Adirondack vacation.

Through valleys, along rivers and lakes, and atop a rocky peak, you'll find that on a perfectly rambling ride like this, the journey really is the destination.

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Plenty of Peaks Motorcycle Trail Itinerary

The Wild CenterTupper Lake


45 Museum Drive(518) 359-7800

Three years running, The Wild Center was named the People’s Choice top attraction in the Adirondacks by the readers of Adirondack Life. To top it all off, The Wild Center’s Wild Walk, a trail across the treetops, has opened to rave reviews. It’s all part of an outdoor and indoor experience on 81-acres that’s earned praise from around the world for how it lets visitors of all ages get closer to the natural world. The Wild Center has a 54,000-square-foot indoor space,...
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Charlie's InnLake Clear


44 Junction Road(518) 891-9858

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Paul Smith's College VICPaul Smiths


8023 Route 30(518) 327-6241

Inside The Paul Smith's College VIC offers year-round environmental education and outdoor recreation opportunities. Before exploring the property’s outstanding trail network, stop by the visitor center’s nature museum and learn a few things about Adirondack ecosystems. While you’re there, you can ask staff about trail recommendations, and check out the art gallery and butterfly house before hitting the trails. Outside Outside of the visitor center, a 25-mile trail...
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Lake Flower Boat LaunchSaranac Lake


Route 86(518) 891-1990

NYS DEC Boat Launch On state Route 86 (River St.) in Saranac Lake.   Hard surface ramp with dock. Will accommodate most motor boats. Motor boat permitted. Parking for 20 cars and trailers.  
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Franklin Falls FlowWilmington


River Road(518) 946-2255

Paddling Due to the Paul Smith's Electric Light and Power Company dam, this is the largest body of water in the town of Saint Armand even though it's a dammed part of the Saranac River. Gorgeous views and the open sky will make your day of paddling memorable. Size: 437 Acres. Off state Route 3 on County Route 18, 5 miles east of Bloomingdale. Parking for 5 cars. There is also parking on the side of the road near the dam. This is a dammed section of the Saranac River, so...
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High Falls GorgeWilmington


4761 Route 86(518) 946-2278

High Falls Gorge is the Adirondacks' most breathtaking, year-round, 30-minute walk. Witness four majestic waterfalls cascading over rocks into a deep crevice carved a billion years ago, learn about all the natural wonders of the falls, grab a bite to eat at the River View Café, and browse the gift shop. Just one mile from Whiteface Mountain Ski Resort and a short drive from Lake Placid, this is the perfect stop for half a day or half an hour. With sturdy bridges, glass floor...
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Wilmington NotchLake Placid


Route 86(518) 523-2445

This stretch of road along Route 86 between Lake Placid and Wilmington follows the Ausable River for most of its length. There are tumbling rapids and towering mountains. Abundant pull-offs for picnicking and picture taking. Distance: 25 miles round trip. Take care: some traffic, narrow shoulders. Services in Lake Placid and Wilmington.
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Noon Mark DinerKeene Valley


1770 NYS Route 73(518) 576-4499

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