Champlain On-Road Bicycle Route
- 27 miles
- 1 to 1 hour, 30 minutes
The 110-mile portion of the Empire State Trail through the Champlain Valley, from Whitehall to Canada, is an on-road bicycle route. The 27-mile section from Plattsburgh to Rouses Point follows State Routes 9 and 11, providing sweeping views of the Adirondacks, Lake Champlain, and rural Clinton County. It is appropriate for experienced, long-distance bicyclists comfortable riding on roadway shoulders, next to vehicle traffic. This section is not recommended for casual bicycle riders or hikers. Bicyclists continuing further north into Canada must pass through a formal U.S. border crossing, located 1-mile north of Rouses Point. Trail users can access local services in Plattsburgh and the hamlets of Chazy, Champlain, and Rouses Point (there are few services between the hamlets).