Warren County Bikeway

New York

Warren County Bikeway Facts

States: New York
Counties: Warren
Length: 10 miles
Trail end points: Lake George Beach State Park and Platt St. (Glens Falls)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6016726
Trail activites: Bike, Inline Skating, Fishing, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Warren County Bikeway Description

This trail is as smart as it is pretty. Signs that detail the area's history and appealing destinations accompany a scenic ride from Glens Falls into the resort town of Lake George, New York. Traveling by bicycle in either direction, you can stretch your legs with some climbing. Begin in Glens Falls to take advantage of a more gradual ascent and the reward of a swim at Lake George Beach.

The trail's south end at Platt Street in Glens Falls does not have designated parking, so leave your car at the Leonard Street trailhead. Then, to say you rode the entire trail, follow the bikeway signs south on Leonard Street a couple of blocks, watching for where the trail picks up on your left.

You will see several 19th-century industrial buildings along the trail, and the tracks of the Delaware and Hudson Railway (D&H) are visible on the far side of Platt Street. The D & H took passengers all the way from New York City through Glens Falls to the resort town then known as Caldwell (now Lake George). Today much of the bike path follows that route.

Return to the Leonard Street trailhead and follow the trail, heading west and north through a residential and light-industrial area. Less than 1 mile ahead, the trailside Coopers Cave Ale Company has a bike rack and picnic tables, if you hanker for a gourmet soda or handmade ice cream. As you near Queensbury, trees green the trail, and at mile 2.2 you cross the beautiful pedestrian bridge over Quaker Road and Halfway Brook. After another trailside ice cream opportunity, at Sprinkles, the trail becomes wooded. You just might see a fox cross the trail.

At about mile 3.3 you will leave the trail for 1.5 miles. The well-marked detour takes roads past large homes and the Glens Falls Country Club. The surroundings become more forested as you return to the bike trail. Then views of glittery Glen Lake, considered an idyllic fishing spot, reward your climbing efforts. As you cross a bridge over the lake's feeder stream, you will probably spy aquatic wildlife, water lilies and other flowering water plants.

Until you reach Route 149, about 1.2 miles north, you follow the right-of-way of the old Hudson Valley Railway, which provided trolley and interurban services. Woods and meadows again surround you; a stream gurgles beside the trail, which trends uphill.

At mile 8 the trail briefly parallels busy Route 9, and you will see the 30-foot Uncle Sam statue in the Magic Forest theme park. From here it's all downhill to Lake George Village, rife with sites cultural and historical, such as the Spanish Mission-style train station. As the trail winds down at the shore of the beautiful lake, it cuts through Lake George Beach State Park. Don't forget that swim!

Parking and Trail Access

To reach the Glens Falls trailhead, take I-87 to Exit 18, then head east on the combination Corinth Road and Broad Street for about 1 mile. Bear left on South Street. Cross Glen Street (Route 9), where South becomes Bay Street. Go one block then turn right on Maple Street. After several blocks, turn left on Leonard Street. Go 1.5 blocks and look for the trailhead and parking on the left.

To reach the Lake George Beach Trailhead, take I-87 to Exit 21, and take Route 9 North. Turn left at the traffic light, continuing on Route 9. In less than 1 mile, at the bottom of the hill on Route 9, bear right and follow the sign for Lake George Beach. Head up this road and park alongside it. The trail begins at the end of the road on your right next to a signboard.

Warren County Bikeway Reviews

We started in Lake George and rode south hoping to ride the trail in it's length. It is beautifully paved and provided a nice smooth ride. The first 2 miles or so from the Lake are all uphill. After that it was a nice ride all the way down to the outlets in Queensbury. We continued past the outlets to south of Glenn Lake. At this point around 5.1 miles, the trail dumps you onto roads, and the trail loses it's allure. This is where we decided to turn around.
The downhill coming back to Lake George was fun, but it might be challenging for young children.
I wouldn't recommend this trail for young children, but for teens and up it is a nice 10 mile out and back route.
If you are riding from Lake George to the Outlets, the turn-off is well-marked on the trail. But, there is a small stretch (~200 yds) where you have to ride the shoulder of SR149.

Who would have thought that on November 27th I would be riding on this trail in upstate NY. Living in PA, we were up to celebrate Thanksgiving with my Dad. Of course with the weather forecast brought bike along. From Fort Edward I rode up to the trailhead and enjoyed a beautiful ride to Lake George.
Since I did this ride a few months ago, it was nice to see that the trail had been resurfaced. Last time lots of bumps from underlying tree roots were a factor. This time totally smooth. Kudos to the snowmobile club that is caring for this trail! Also the bridge's wooden slats over Quaker Road have all been replaced.
Part of the trail does go on the road, but as I ride a lot on the road this wasn't a problem. For those with small children you would probably not to want to do around the country club. At the start of the trail in Glens Falls you have to cross over a few roads. However, drivers, for the most part, followed the signs that said to stop for pedestrians in crosswalk.
The trail has excellent signage of nearby points of interest - including the Lake George outlets. So took advantage of that and made a side trip to LL Bean and bought a couple of things. No problem parking for bike - but couldn't say the same for the cars (Black Friday and all).

I'm used to riding 15 - 20 miles in Hilton Head, SC or Chincoteague, VA which is mostly flat. When I saw the HILLS we were going to have to tackle coming up out of Lake George I was nervous but I made it 10+ miles each way to Glen Falls, NY (20+ round trip) ... nicely marked path, no gravel or anything like that, some road riding but minimal and nicely marked.

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This was a great safe trail, easy biking, some road biking but clearly marked bike lane. There were some nice inclines and hills. Good work out!

(Someone said 10 mile round trip but it's 10 miles one way from Lake George to Glen Falls)

Me and my friend parked at Million Dollar Beach in Lake George Village and went as far as far as Glen Lake, about ten miles round-trip. Starting out from the village, the trail runs uphill for quite awhile, but it warmed us up and got our heart rate up! We both agreed that coming back would be nice since it would be mostly downhill! The trail was well maintained and the history markers along the way were fun to read. Will absolutely go back!

For those staying here at the Lake George RV Resort in Queensbury NY; Yesterday 7/8, I did the 4 mile trail from the back of the Resort down to the Village of Lake George which is an easy, 25 minute, almost totally downhill ride on blacktop to the Village docks at the south end of Lake George. A very nice ride with a lot of history. Also when you get there take advantage of a tour of Fort William Henry and ride the surrounding battlegrounds for some Revolutionary War history. Then ride the Village streets for some tourist shoppe influence and eat lunch at Christies overlooking the lake. TAK joined me for the shopping and lunch part. ¿.

We started our ride just off Bay Road to avoid riding thru the streets of Glens Falls. The first 5 minutes northbound were wonderful, The trail was a true "rails to trails" run on nice pavement surrounded by trees. Then the trail abruptly ended at either Sweet Road or County Route 66 with a sign (on the VERY busy road) saying bike trail this way. We expected a short on-road excursion to pick up the trail but after several miles of sharing the road with mostly courteous truck drivers and other motorists, we decided to call it quits. It was just too scary to share the road when we were expecting a nice, safe bike trail with the occasional runner, dog walker or baby carriage!
VERY disappointing. I wish the write-up on TrailLink was more clear on the potential dangerous section(s) of this trail.

Definitely not recommended for families with young children no matter how wide the bike trail apron along side some very busy roads, nor for adults who are skittish about "sharing the road" with Mack trucks, buses and other vehicles mere feet away from us.

Beautiful scenery, interesting historical signs and of course the gorgeous Lake George for your finale make this a worthwhile ride.

If interested, there are more photos and a video of the trail here
http://rc-pedalpoint.blogspot.com/2014/09/warren-county-bikeway-glens-falls-to.html

We go to Lake George every year….love the place. Rode this trail for the first time this summer from Lake George to South Glens Falls at the start of the feeder trail which is firm gravel. Round trip was 21 miles and elevated riding was 1600ft. A real good workout with beautiful sceneryl. It is a very interesting and fun ride as you are not only riding thru beautiful scenery but also thru residential neighborhoods and even thru the grounds of a factory of some sort. Cudos to Warren County. Great trail! Will do it again year after year

We go to Lake George every year….love the place. Rode this trail for the first time this summer from Lake George to South Glens Falls at the start of the feeder trail which is firm gravel. Round trip was 21 miles and elevated riding was 1600ft. A real good workout with beautiful sceneryl. It is a very interesting and fun ride as you are not only riding thru beautiful scenery but also thru residential neighborhoods and even thru the grounds of a factory of some sort. Cudos to Warren County. Great trail! Will do it again year after year

My father lives in the area and so when I come I usually try to go from the Fort Edward - Lake George combining 2 trails. Since the last time I did this ride, they have added signs when the trail crosses the road to give you an idea of what can be found on the perpendicular roads - great for people not familiar with the area. It's a great ride (once out of Glens Falls and crossing roads), but one section had tree roots under the pavement. You need to slow down a bit, and I noted a couple of places where it looks like they tore out more problematic roots and resurfaced. Always enjoy the ride and sitting at Lake George and the beauty of the area - especially with no tourists around yet!

Great destination with many bikes on the trail. Pack light because places to eat on both ends of the trail. Some intermediate to tough grades. Enjoyed it greatly. Although along the road in one section separated by a guard rail. Very safe. I will return and a good work out.

The trail is 10 miles long. Unless you're a railroad history buff, it's only the northern 5 miles, closest to Lake George, that's worth doing. The first half, from Glens Falls north, has numerous street crossings, and an extensive on-road section (although the shoulder here is more than adequate). The northern half passes some interesting wetlands and forested areas. There are a number of interpretive signs along the trail explaining the battles that occurred here during the French-Indian War and also the American Revolution. The last 2 miles descends 300 feet to Lake George - a fun downhill, and not really all that bad going uphill.

Worth doing if in the area, but not really worth a special trip, unless, as stated, you really are a railroad history buff.

We rode the trail from Glens Falls to lake Geoge. The trail goes through some cross roads in GF but it is safe and well marked at the intersections. Parking may be a little hard to find, so we found a food store to park at and picked up the trail from there. In GF there is a great ice cream place right on the trail, I suggest you stop there at the end of the day. Parts of the trail rides on the side of the road and its very wide and safe. Not a busy road, passing a golf course and some nice homes along the way. Once back on the trail the sights are nice and nature at its best. About 2-2.5 miles before LG there is a nice steady downhill. Get low and get the speed up! once in LG take in lunch at one of the many outdoor resturants on the lake. Remember there is now a UPHILL so eat a light lunch. But once in GF there is icecream waiting for you. This was a fun easy trail. I will be back.
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Wonderful trail, very smooth blacktop with 2 miles of easy uphill at the start right at the foot of Lake George. The county has a great map including the feeder canal trail. The part around the Country Club is on a wide sholder road. Bob Youker

Warren County Bikeway starts at Million Dollar Beach in Lake george and extends south to Glens Falls. It directly connects with the Feeder Canal Route which adds 8 additional miles to the trip.
The Feeder Canal Trail ends at the Amtrak Station in Fort Edward.

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