The 47 miles along the Saranac Lake-Cranberry Lake segment of the Olympic Byway takes in the central Adirondack Park portion of this ride. Other communities along the ride include Tupper Lake, Piercefield and Childwold. A number of large lakes are on or near the ride, including Lower Saranac Lake, Middle Saranac Lake, Upper Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake and Cranberry Lake. The Raquette River is crossed at Piercefield.
Saranac Lake has a thriving arts community, with a number of shops and galleries. It is home to the Robert Louis Stevenson cottage and historic Trudeau Saranac Laboratory. Tupper Lake is home to the Wild Center and its interpretation of the Adirondack’s natural resources with displays of otters, fish and a number of other species as well as interpretive trails along the Raquette River. Cranberry Lake offers boat rentals, boat launch, swim beach, lodging and restaurants.
Road Bike Opportunities
There are a number of on-road rides and loops along this segment of the Olympic Byway. Always dress for the weather and carry water, snacks, map, repair kit and cell phone, as well as review your route with someone knowledgeable of the area. This is a predominately rural area so consider that services may be unavailable along your ride.
Moderate Ride – Try the Malone–Owls Head Loop, a 40 mile loop around Titus Mountain taking in the scenery along the Salmon River and the lakes at Mountain View.
Training Ride – Stratton Century Ride (100 miles), following the route of the annual Stratton Memorial Ride, with 50- and 25-mile options.
Not to Miss
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