Bicycling

There are multiple road biking options within the First Wilderness Heritage Corridor.  The Bike the Byways website includes maps of suggested road rides in the Corridor and surrounding areas. The Warren County Safe & Quality Bicycling Organization (WCSQBO) also a has number of suggested road rides.

Mountain biking is allowed in the Wilcox Lake and Lake George Wild Forests, Pack Demonstration Forest and in a number of local parks, including Ski Bowl and Dynamite Hill. Gore Mountain offers lift tickets and access to mountain bike riding on both single track and ski trails.  Garnet Hill offers mountain biking trails on its private land, along with providing rentals and shuttle service. The private Daggett Lake Campground also caters to bicyclists and has some single track trails on its property.

Several rides are described below – rides are posted regularly, so check back for more rides and the release of our interactive Warren County Recreation Mapper (coming soon).

Ski Bowl Park Mountain Biking Trails skibowl.jpg

Location: Ski Bowl Park, Route 28, North Creek
Surface Type: Two-track/Single Track
Difficulty: Easy through Expert
Length: Two multi-use and four dedicated mountain bike trails, with links to additional trails in the Vanderwhacker forest.  Trails vary in length from a 0.3 k double black diamond trail to a 2.3 k beginner trail, and can be combined to make rides of various lengths
Time to Complete: varies based on trail selection
Trailhead Coordinates: -73 59.20 43 41.75
Directions&Parking: The Carol Thomas trail, which connects to all of the other trails in the park, begins at the Johnsburg Town Hall.  Take Exit 23 off the Northway.  Turn left and then right onto US9.  Go through Warrensburg.  Turn left onto NYS 28 and continue for about 16 miles.  Turn right onto Main St.  The Town Hall with parking for the trailhead will be on your left.
Trail Notes: Well-marked, professionally designed and constructed trails for a variety of skill levels from beginner to expert.  The Ski Bowl Connector trail links to the Raymond Brook trail for additional options outside of the park.  See the map for details.
Things to do Nearby: The hamlet of North Creek is less than a mile to the northeast of Ski Bowl Park and contains a wide variety of shopping and dining options.  Gore Mountain is just to the west of the park and offers serious downhill mountain biking, including lift tickets.  There are a variety of whitewater rafting and paddling opportunities on the nearby Hudson River, as well as a Scenic Train ride leaving from the station in North Creek.  The Schaeffer Foot Trailhead, located within Ski Bowl Park, provides hiking connections to a large number of trails within the Siamese Ponds Wilderness.
Detailed Trail Map: Click here

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Caroline Fish Memorial Trails at Dynamite Hill dynamitehill

Location: Dynamite Hill Recreation Area, Chestertown
Surface Type: Two-track/Single Track
Difficulty: Easy/Intermediate
Length: 1 mile two-track/0.3 mile single-track
Time to Complete: less than one hour
Trailhead Coordinates: -73 48.16 43 39.92
Directions&Parking: Take the Northway to Exit 25. Turn E on Rte 9. Continue for approx. 1.5 miles, past the entrance to Dynamite Hill Recreation Area. Turn right on Landon Hill Rd and continue for about 0.6 mile. Parking area with trailhead is on the right.
Trail Notes: Start off on the trail from the parking area on Landon Hill Rd and follow the wooded trail to Dynamite Hill Recreation Area. Elevation gain and then drop of approximately 120′. Note that additional single-track trail and trail connections are planned for the near future.
Things to do Nearby: The trailhead for Panther Mountain, a great family-friendly hike, is approximately 1.5 miles southwest. Loon Lake Beach, a free beach with swimming, picnicking, and a boat launch, is about 2.5 miles east on Route 8. The hamlet of Chestertown is less than a mile south on Route 9 and offers a variety of dining and shopping options.
Detailed Trail Map: Click here

Pack Demonstration Forest

Location: 136 Pack Forest Rd, Warrensburg.  Pack Forest is a 2,500 acre environmental demonstration forest maintained by SUNY ESF.
Surface Type: Two-track (dirt road)
Difficulty: Easy/Family-friendly
Length: 4 miles
Time to Complete: 1-3 hours
Trailhead Coordinates: -73 48.88   43 33.25
Directions&Parking: From the South: Take the Northway to Exit 23.  Turn left and then right onto US9.  Go through Warrensburg, past the intersection with NYS 28.  The entrance to Pack Forest will be 1/4 mile after this intersection on the left.  Follow the entrance road and bear to the right to the parking area.
Trail Notes: Start off on the trail to the south of the parking lot and follow the mostly flat loop around Pack Forest Lake in a counter-clockwise direction.  The trail passes some huge pine trees, and interpretive signs describe the area.  Dogs are welcome.
Things to do Nearby: Pack Forest contains many other recreational opportunities, including paddling, fishing, picnicking and a variety of hiking trails.  The Grandmother Tree Trail, a one mile walking trail with interpretive signs through an old growth forest containing one of New York’s historic trees, is just south of the bike loop.
Detailed Trail Map: Click here

Wilcox Lake Wild Forest

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Harrisburg Lake Rd
Stony Creek
http://www.bikewarrenco.org/off_road_rides.aspx

19.5 mile round trip mountain bike loop in the Wilcox Lake Wild Forest.  Trail starts at the end of Harrisburg Lake Rd (County Route 22) in the town of Stony Creek. Additional mountain biking trails in the Wilcox Lake Wild Forest – see more details on linked website.  More details and a map coming soon.

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