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Level: Intermediate
Length: 5 mi (8 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: -
Total: 22 riders

Mountain Biking Craig Wood Trails

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#51 of 298 mountain bike trails in New York
#2,258 in the world

(from lakeplacid.com): "The trails at Craigwood have been made possible by a partnership between the Barkeater Trails Alliance (BETA) and the Town of North Elba. Construction of a smooth, fast, and "flowy" section of trail began in the summer of 2012 and is still ongoing."

Recommend doing the "Back 9" loop counterclockwise. Overall, lots of smooth flowing sections, and very few rock gardens and root-packed trails. Pretty awesome maintenance job on these trails done by the Barkeater Trails Alliance (BETA). See their web site for a map. Can also combine this ride with riding through the Lussi trials just east of Lake Placid for a full day of singletrack riding.

First added by briburt on Oct 12, 2014. Last updated Apr 30, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
from River Road, Lake Placid: Riders can follow River Rd. to Birdsong Lane, and then hop on the Jackrabbit Trails towards Craigwood Golf Course. Right before the Golf Course the singletrack begins on the left hand side. You can also access the trails directly from Craig Wood Golf Course - find the driving range, and ride down the left side of it at the woods' edge until you see the signs for the Poppa Wheelie trail. Maps are available at local bike shops or can be downloaded from the Barkeater Trails Alliance web site.

Parking on River Rd: Riders can use the pull-off on River Rd, at the Steel Deck Bridge. Follow Jackrabbit Trail signs toward the Red Barn to find Birdsong Way."
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  • BeRad

    What a fun trail system. Fast and flowy with plenty of features to pop and launch off of. I’ll be back to try some of the bigger stuff.

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  • jstack11

    A new set of trails we added to the south, via a connector trail at back of golf course. Access the new trail - gravity trail down Scotts Cobble - off Country club road across from Cascade in. The basic reason for this new trail is an A plus gravity trail. It is much steeper, more small berms and rollers than the downhill across the golf course. The Cure at Pisgah is the other local incredible downhill, but this is totally different - much more technical, but not as fast or steep. Absolutely worth the 3/4 climb for the .4 mile downhill. The cool thing is there is a trail that parallels the DH up, with the DH downhill only

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  • theaveragejoe-joe

    Nice climbs with bombing downhills and A jumpline. Got to give BETA the credit they deserve for making a top-notch trail system in one of the most beautiful places in the North East

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  • jstack11

    You have to climb up a long 3/4 mile truck trail to get here, but the big pull is the giant long downhill. Great big berms that are worth the effort to get there! Lots of technical riding with some big drops, and rough riding. Easy access to Loggers/Lussi just 1/2 mile up road

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  • lbtchnlgs

    Extensive trail network, you can ride from Craigwood to Loggers/Lussi trails and into town of Lake Placid

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  • briburt

    Very well-maintained singletrack trails with good flow and something for every level of experience. Lots of ups and downs - nothing flat, really. You're either climbing or descending. Excellent riding - just wish it was about 3-4 times as long as it is!

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