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ROAD BIKING IN SARATOGA COUNTY

Historic Countryside Ride

  • Town of Saratoga, Village of Schuylerville
  • Distance: 26 Miles Road
  • Scenery: Historic Farmland, River, Canal
  • Terrain: 85% Smooth Asphalt
  • Trip Tip: Lock 4 Canal Park

Surrounded by farmland, the stretch of road between Schuylerville and Stillwater is a great destination for a 26 mile road ride. This bi-county area along the Hudson River and Champlain Canal was recently named Old Saratoga on the Hudson, which is a community-based effort to promote this historic and natural region as a recreational resource along the Hudson River. Canal Park at Lock 4 provides a rest stop half way at 13 miles. There are picnic tables, a porta-john and opportunities to check out an operating lock.

Ride Directions : Start Fort Hardy Park. Rte 29 West. Right on River Rd. Right Stillwater Bridge Rd at 13 mi Right on Rte 4, 32. Stay right on Rte 4. Right on Rte 29 East to Fort Hardy Park.

Driving Directions: Fort Hardy Park

Drive east from Saratoga Springs on Lake Ave (Rte 29) following signs to Schuylerville. Take a right at the light in Schuylerville staying on Rte 29/Rte 4. Continue through town and make a left at the next light staying on Rte 29. Fort Hardy Park is on the left just before the bridge over the Hudson River/Champlain Canal.


Saratoga Battlefield

  • Town of Saratoga
  • Length: 27 miles
  • Scenery: Farmland
  • Terrain: Rolling Hills
  • Trip Tip: Food & Drink at Longfellows Restaurant

Starting from Longfellows Hotel and Restaurant, this road ride takes you along Saratoga Lake, over rolling farmland, and past Saratoga National Historic Park, where the Battles of Saratoga took place during the American Revolution. The Battles of Saratoga are one the most pivotal moments in American History. Stop by the visitor center and catch up on your Revolutionary War history. The traffic is light throughout the ride. The rolling hills provide a good leg workout. Longfellows is an excellent spot to stop, after your ride, for superb food and drink.

Ride Directions: Take a right out of Longfellows’ parking lot. Continue south on Rte 9P over Fish Creek Bridge past Saratoga Tackle and along Saratoga Lake. At 11.5 miles make a left onto Rte 423, Battlefield Road (follow signs to Saratoga Battlefield). Take a left onto Rte 32. The entrance to Saratoga National Historic Park is on the right. Continue on Rte 32. Make a left onto Rte 68. At the end of Rte 68 make a right onto Stafford’s Bridge Road, which continues over Fish Creek. Immediately over the bridge make a left onto Meadowbrook Road (Rte 65). You’re on the home stretch. Stay to the left, merge onto Dyer Switch Road. Make a left at the end, onto Union Ave. Longfellows is on the right

Driving Directions: Longfellows Hotel & Resturaunt

From downtown Saratoga Springs head away from town on Union Ave (Rte 9P) over the Northway (I-87). Continue on Union Ave up the hill, past the golf course to Longfellows' parking lot on the right.
From I-87, take Exit 14 and head south on Rte 9P. Continue on 9P (Union Ave) up the hill, past the golf club to Longfellows' parking lot on the right.


Grant Mountain

  • Town of Moreau
  • Difficulty: Advanced
  • Length: 14.5 miles
  • Scenery: Hudson River Valley
  • Terrain: Steep hills.
  • Trip Tip: Prepare to sweat!

This ride will keep you working with two significant uphill sections. The ride starts on the east side of the Palmertown Range. It then continues northeast along the Hudson River before heading back over the mountain range. Grant Mountain and a large section of Moreau Lake State Park lie within the perimeter of the route. When you start riding south, the route goes along Old Saratoga Rd ,which can be a little bumpy in spots.

Ride Directions: Start the ride by climbing northwest up Corinth Mtn Rd. This road turns into Wilton Mountain Rd. When you come to a stop sign at a funky T intersection, make a right onto Spier Falls Rd (Rte 24). Follow this road down and along the Hudson River past two hydro-electric dams. As you ride away from the river the road climbs and goes along the northern boundary of Moreau Lake State Park. Turn right onto Potter Road for a short distance and bear right onto Mountain Rd. Continue past the park entrance. Bear right when this road intersects with Old Saratoga Road (Old Rte 9). Follow this road to Rte 9 and back to where the ride began.

Driving Directions: Corinth Mountain Road

Travel north 6.5 miles on Rte 9 from Rte 50 in Saratoga Springs. Parking is available off of Corinth Mtn Rd on Mount McGregor Rd.


Saratoga Monument

  • Town of Saratoga
  • Distance: 11 miles one-way
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Terrain: Rolling Farmland
  • Trip Tip: Hours of Operation: Memorial Day - Labor Day, Thurs - Sun 9:30 - 4:30

The Saratoga Monument was constructed in 1877 and is now part of the Saratoga National Historic Park. The monument was built to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the victory over the British Army at the battles of Saratoga. The monument stands on the location were General Burgoyne's army was encircled and finally defeated. In 1987 the monument was closed do to unsafe conditions. After a 3 million dollar renovation by the National Park Service, the monument was reopened in 2002. The rock faced granite obelisk is over 150 feet tall and can be seen off in the distance as you ride east from the City of Saratoga Springs. The monument sits on a well maintained two acre grassy knoll. Make sure to climb the stairs to the top of the monument for a panoramic view of the Green, Adirondack and Berkshire Mountains.

This route heads east out of town through some of Saratoga Counties most scenic farmland. Sections of the Fish Creek, as it flows toward the Hudson River, can be seen along the way. There are a few gentle hill climbs to keep your leg muscles working. When you crest a hill at about 9 miles, look up to catch a glimpse of the monument off in the distance. Go on this ride when the monument is open, so you can enjoy the Gothic and Egyptian architectural features on the inside.

Ride Directions: Start in Congress Park and ride east out of town on Union Ave (Rte 9P). Continue over the Northway to Meadowbrook Rd at 2.5 miles on your left. Climb the hill and continue on this ridge to Stafford's Bridge Rd. Go right over the bridge. Take the first left just after the bridge and continue on Stafford's Bridge Rd (Rte 68). At 6.5 miles Rte 68 veers off to the right. Continue on Burgoyne Rd for another 5 miles, spinning your way to the Monument.


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