Scenic History Motorcycle Trail

Scenic History Motorcycle Trail

Make history on two wheels

Roll along gentle, winding roads surrounded by gorgeous scenery, fragrant forests, burbling rivers, and soaring peaks. Explore some of the most unique history in the Adirondacks on this scenic history trail. Starting with a ride up Mt. Defiance, overlooking historic Fort Ticonderoga and Lake Champlain, you'll journey along back roads (paved, we promise!) past intimate lakes, cascading waterfalls and to a historic ghost town and mine. Stop for lunch in Long Lake at one of the oldest surviving hotels in the Adirondacks, then continue on to The Adirondack Experience, the Museum at Blue Mountain Lake. The museum's exhibits about great camps, logging, mining, and natural history are fun and interactive and the views of the lake are spectacular. Top off the day with a ride through scenic wilderness to the hamlet of Minerva and a can't-miss stop at Sporty's Iron Duke Saloon, where the food is great, the drinks are cold, and motorcycle history is all around. Finish up your day in Schroon Lake, where there are plenty of comfortable retro cabins and motels, just right for a night of relaxation and rest. Feeling a little rebellious? Simply do the loop in the other direction. Either way, you'll have a beautiful blast making your own adventurous history.

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Scenic History Motorcycle Trail Itinerary

Mount DefianceTiconderoga

Overlooking Fort Ticonderoga and

Mount Defiance, owned by Fort Ticonderoga, has a toll road to its historic summit. An interpretive tour is provided daily at the summit at 4 p.m. during the Fort's open season. Admission to Fort Ticonderoga includes free access to Mount Defiance or an automated gate will accept credit cards.     The views from this road are fantastic. The road climbs at a continuous grade as it gains elevation above Lake Champlain. As you approach the top you will see...

Tahawus Mines RoadNewcomb

Tahawus Mines Road(518) 532-7675

This road leads to the Tahawus Ghost Town; a former mining town no longer open to the public. But the road leading up to it is a marvelous ride alternating deep forest, hidden meadows, bridges, lakes, and distant mountain vistas. Rock hounds will find the abundance of mine tailings offer samples of granite, mica, and anorthosite. This was once the largest titanium mine in the world. DISTANCE: Round trip: 14 miles. Paved road, mostly flat, narrow shoulders but very low traffic. DIRECTIONS:...

Upper Works TrailheadNewcomb

(518) 532-7675

As the southern access point into the High Peaks Wilderness, Upper Works offers a unique option for hikers and visitors looking for an alternative to traditional northern or eastern trailheads. In addition to hosting plenty of fantastic hikes, this trailhead is steeped in history. It is the location of the former town of Adirondac, now abandoned in residence, but alive with interpretation. Open Space Institute has created an interpretive trail that examines many of the old buildings,...

Adirondack Hotel on Long LakeLong Lake

Rte 30(518) 624-4700

Experience a turn of the century Hotel in the Heart of the Adirondacks.  Boasting two beautiful verandas, a restaurant, cafe, and bar; all on the shore of Long Lake!  The Adirondack Hotel combines the great Adirondack hotel/resort tradition with all the Modern amenities to make your stay a pleasure.  Come take a step back into a by-gone era at the Adirondack Hotel! The Adirondack Hotel is located in the village of Long Lake, which puts you in walking distance of the Village...

Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain LakeBlue Mountain Lake

9097 Route 30(518) 352-7311

New Season, New Name, New Experiences   NOTICE: the museum will be closed for the 2020 season. Please visit the museum website for unique online offerings, including virtual tours and educational activities.   The newly renamed Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake is open for its 60th season, offering the most immersive and diverse visitor experience in its six decades.   Perched on 121 sprawling acres overlooking stunning Blue Mountain Lake, the...

Schroon LakeNew York

Schroon Lake has always been a classic resort destination, with the lake full of boaters and the dance halls full of revelers. As the 20th century aged through both World Wars, its stylish hotels and famous summer camps served as the template for cultural memories. The summer romance, Schroon Lake style, was immortalized in the 1958 musical “Marjorie Morningstar,” some of which was filmed on location in Schroon Lake. While the giant resort hotels that once dominated the...