1000 Islands - Adirondack Foothill Loop

Route Description

This route loops through and around nine state forest areas.  From Adams Center on Route 11, ride around the town via Route 69, crossing rivers and the outskirts of Washington County Park. Continue along Route 189 toward Lorraine.  Fuel up and head south on Route 92, merging on Route 17, and continue riding along Big Brook, through the Winona State Forest, Battle Hill State Forest, Salmon River State Forest and the Hall Island State Forest, each offering ample opportunity for nature walks and picnics. The Salmon River Reservoir sits just south of the state forest of the same name, providing ample fishing for sportsmen. One of the top highlights of this route is the Salmon River Falls, located on Falls Road in Orwell. In Redfield, stop for a bite to eat, refuel and continue south on 17, or stop for the night at a B&B and explore the region. Route 17 becomes Route 27, continuing south to skirt the edge of O'Hara State Forest and turning east onto Route 39. Stop for a drink or bike to eat at the Hayloft Pub or the Cheese Factory Bar N Grill in Redfield, and continue riding east to Florence Road, turning onto Route 46 toward Osceola. While in town, play a game of disco golf, go for a nature walk, dine or book a night at the Montague Inn.

Head east on Route 46, passing through the East Osceola State Forest, the Swancott Mill State Forest toward West Leyden, home of the Tug Hill Hideaway, before continuing east on Route 294 through the Oneida County Reforestation Area, north to Boonville. Explore the town's waterfalls, farming communities and attractions, then head north on the Moose River Road through the Sands Flats State Forest, and start to close the loop by heading west on Moose River Road toward the town of Port Leyden. Fuel up and head east on Route 39 to Lyonsdale and Lyons Falls. The route travels along the Black River and the Moose River, north to Watson on Route 26. Continue riding into Lowville, a bustling town nestled in the Black River Valley offering dining, unique culinary treats and a plethora of historic sites and attractions. An array of lodging options are available here as well.

Head west on Route 12 to Route 177 through the Tug Hill State Forest to close the loop.

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