Biking Trails In The Capital Saratoga Region

With scenic bike routes throughout the Capital-Saratoga Region, cyclists can spend a day or a week touring the area.

Albany County

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Biking in Albany County

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The Mohawk-Hudson Bikeway begins along the banks of the Hudson River in downtown Albany and proceeds north to the confluence of the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers, then west through Cohoes and along the shores of the Mohawk River. There are scenic views and other attractions along the way. This 41-mile-long trail can also be toured in much smaller segments. For those who enjoy a challenge, park your vehicle at Historic Lock 7 Park in Niskayuna and proceed west on the Mohawk-Hudson Bikeway along the old Penn Central railroad bed. The path will challenge your endurance with a steep grade, exciting turns and some lovely views of the Mohawk River. Wildlife is abundant through sections that pass through abundant wetlands. Enjoy the beauty of the Mohawk River, the quiet streets the historic Stockade District, and Scotia’s beautiful Collins Park. Begin this easy, family-friendly, 10-mile journey from the parking lot on Route 5S in Rotterdam Junction. At Schenectady County Community College, you will cross the Mohawk River on Rt 5. Turn right onto Schonowe Avenue. Don’t forget to notice the replica of the Canal Bridge before you again make a right onto Freeman’s Bridge Road. Cross the Mohawk River again. Bike Route signs will lead you through the quaint Stockade District before heading back.

Fulton County

Fulton County has great country roads for biking, as well as hiking/mountain biking trails.  One of the county’s treasures is the FJ&G Rail Trail. Taking you back in back in time to the booming days of an upstate New York railroad, this paved trail runs through Johnstown to Mayfield, via Gloversville, along parts of the Cayadutta Creek. Built on the old Fonda Johnstown & Gloversville Railroad roadbed, this trail takes visitors through yesterday’s booming leather tanning industry, today’s modern industrial parks, and through the countryside filled with scenery, wildlife, and agriculture.

Rensselaer County

Explore the scenic vistas of Rensselaer County as you cycle through trails at any of the places below:

Grafton Lakes State park offers 25 miles of trails to hike or bike.  Wildlife viewing along bike routes can be found at Cherry Plain State Park.  Schodack Island State Park features eight miles of multi-use trails wind through a variety of ecological communities.

Urban biking more your speed?  Try the Uncle Sam Bike Trail which runs for 3.1 miles.

Challenging bike paths can be found along the Petersburgh Pass on Route 2. 

The most appropriate way to visit the Grafton Peace Pagoda is by bicycling to the site. Take scenic Rte 2 east and apx 8/10ths of a mile after the bucolic hamlet of Grafton, take a right onto Taconic Lake Rd and follow signs which will direct you to the Pagoda, with your mantra intact.

Saratoga County

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Saratoga County Bike Trails

For a mix of village, country, park and city experiences, begin at Route 9 in the Village of Round Lake, traverse west to the Zim Smith Trail in the Town of Malta, then return to Route 9 and go north to the Saratoga Spa State Park and the City of Saratoga Springs. From there, continue north on County Bike Route 9 to South Glens Falls’ bike trails. If you like being near water, take a quick 9-mile trip on mostly flat terrain around Lake Lonely. Or, for a longer yet still relatively flat trek, try the 18-mile loop around Saratoga Lake. In both cases, go east out of Saratoga Springs on Union Avenue to Rt. 9P. For Lake Lonely, turn right on Crescent Avenue. For Saratoga Lake, just stay on Rt. 9P. Experience history as you bike on the 10 miles of tour road through the Saratoga National Historical Park, site of the Turning Point of the American Revolution. Stop at the Visitors Center and pick up a map to get a description of what happened along the fields you pass as you travel the paved roads through the park. For the mountain biker, Moreau Lake State Park has intermediate and expert trails that offer fantastic views of the Spier Falls. To get to the park, take I-87 to Exit 17 and turn west. The Park sells detailed trail maps for $1.00. 

Schenectady County

Enjoy the beauty of the Mohawk River, the quiet streets the historic Stockade District, and Scotia’s beautiful Collins Park. Begin this easy, family friendly 10 mile journey from the parking lot on Route 5S in Rotterdam Junction. At Schenectady County Community College you will cross the Mohawk River on Rt 5. Turn right onto Schonowe Avenue. Don’t forget to notice the replica of the Canal Bridge before you again make a right onto Freeman’s Bridge Road. Cross the Mohawk River again. Bike Route signs will lead you through the quaint Stockade District before heading back. For those who enjoy more of a challenge, park your vehicle at Historic Lock 7 park in Niskayuna and proceed west on the Mohawk-Hudson Bikeway along the old Penn Central railroad bed. The path will challenge your endurance with a steep grade, exciting turns and some lovely views of the Mohawk River. Wildlife is abundant through sections that pass through abundant wetlands. 

Washington County

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Biking In Washington County

The beauty of Washington County and bikes is that our roads offer wide shoulders and scenic vistas and being home to the Tour of the Battenkill, the largest single day bike race in the world, we know cycling!  By visiting our website you will find cycling events like Tour de Farm and slef guided bike tours in conjunction with events like the Artisan Cheese Tour.  You might decide to join a group from the Cambridge Valley Cycling Club and ride with locals.  The Feeder Canal Alliance offers a historic canal and towpath 7-mile linear park providing the community with recreational opportunities for biking.  The trail connects to the Warren County Bikeway; a 9.5 mile paved bikeway that extends to the shore of Lake George.  Locally you can rent bikes and get maps from Battenkill Valley Outdoors and at Timeless Art and Antiques.  

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