Distance: 9 miles round trip
This route can be combined with the Friends Lake Tour
Park at Dynamite Hill, the Town of Chester Recreation Area. Start heading west on Route 8 (take a right from Dynamite Hill) past the Lincoln Logs facility, the original! Then you will see Mill Pond on your left. Continue on for two miles, then turn right onto White Schoolhouse Road, along which you may notice a large section of blow-downs from the 1995 wind storm that hit the Adirondacks. At Route 9 you will take a sharp left and will soon be riding along scenic Loon Lake. At the intersection of Route 9 and 8, take a left onto Route 8 and head past O.P. Fredericks, a great local restaurant and pub, then to the Loon Lake beach. There you can take a break; swim or just enjoy the view. It’s only a two-mile leg back to Dynamite Hill, though there is often a bit of a head wind in this section.
Distance: 10 miles round trip
Park at Dynamite Hill, the Town of Chester Recreation Area. Start heading west on Route 8 (take a right from Dynamite Hill) past the Lincoln Logs facility, the original! Then you will see Mill Pond on your left. Continue on for two miles, then turn left onto Friends Lake Road. After a mile, you will see a fork in the road, stay left on Atateka Drive and soon you’ll have views of Friends Lake on your right. At the Circle B Ranch, you’ll start heading uphill (fairly steep but short) and then look for Friends Lake Road, a sharp right. Start to circle the lake and you will pass the famed Friends Lake Inn, a wonderful full-service lodging, with a great lunch. Continue on Friends Lake Road and turn right on Route 8 heading back toward Chestertown.
Explore the 2.6 miles of nature trails during all four seasons. Open for snowshoeing and x-country skiing in the winter and hiking, picnicking or single track bicycling during the summer. Parking is available either at Dynamite hill or off of Landon Hill Road. These trails are also part of the Chester Challenge.
Home of the largest cave entrance in the east, explore over 14 miles of well marked snowshoe trails–used for off-road biking in the summer–that include view on top and below the stone bridge. Other trails include walks along Trout Brook, around a massive sink hole, next to ledges and scenic mountain top views – including a 360 view of the high peaks, Schroon Lake and Gore Mountain.
This 16 mile loop has beautiful lake views. Take Northway Exit 25 to Brant Lake. Park at the Mill Pond or the Hub parking lot on Market Street. From here, you can take Route 8 along the east shore of the lake to Palisades Road or take Palisades Road along the west shore to Route 8.
You can also take Palisades Road further to Beaver Pond Road (at the north end of the lake), then to Johnson Road and you will ‘land’ at the Adirondack General Store in Adirondack. Turn around and go back the same way, or take East Shore Road along Schroon Lake to Schroon River Road, Watering Tub Road, and then a bit of Route 8 to get you back to the Mill Pond.
1.5 mile round trip with stunning views of Brant Lake.
200 + diverse acres located on Bartonville Mountain.
The Hub, located at the trailhead, features bicycle service, live music, healthy and hearty food, ice cream, espresso, and local craft beer and ciders on tap.