Champlain On-Road Bike Route 3

Champlain On-Road Bicycle Route

Westport to Keeseville
  • 30 miles
  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Paved

Trail Overview

The 110-mile portion of the Empire State Trail through the Champlain Valley, from Whitehall to the Canada border at Rouses Point, is entirely an on-road bicycle route. The 30-mile section from Westport to Keeseville follows State Route 22, providing sweeping views of the Adirondack Mountains, Lake Champlain, and rural Essex 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. Trail users can access a variety of local services in the picturesque hamlets of Westport, Essex, Willsboro, and Keeseville (there are few services between the hamlets).

Cycling Directions

Cue sheets provide step by step navigation instructions for cycling the trail in both directions.

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Upcoming Trail Weather
Wind: 4 mph SSW
Humidity: 87%
Feels like: 73°F
Trail Elevation


Poke-o-Moonshine State Campground

Art & Culture

Train Stations


B&B & Country Inns & Farm Stays

Essex Inn

Welcome to the Essex Inn! The Inn has been in operation since 1810 and was the center of the historically bustling town of Essex, NY. The Inn was even a hotspot for spies during the war of 1812!

Today, each of the 12 beautifully appointed, upscale rooms and suites at the historic Essex Inn have been totally renovated. Each room and suite is equipped with Wi-Fi internet access, a flat screen television, iPod docking station, and in-room climate control.

The Inn’s cozy historic tavern and farm-inspired restaurant is open year round for guests and visitors to Essex NY!

Westport Hotel

This newly renovated Hotel and Tavern provides Adirondack travelers with charm and comfort. They offer ten rooms including two full suites with private baths for visitors to enjoy their stay in the Champlain Valley. They can also provide an exceptional dining experience in your choice of venues including The Tavern, Candlelight, Hide-A-Way, and Fireside dining rooms. Guests can also enjoy lunch and dinner served on the open-air front porch overlooking Lake Champlain with spectacular views of the Green Mountains of Vermont. Complimentary continental breakfast served daily. Located in the historic town of Westport, NY, a central base from which to explore and enjoy all that this wonderful area has to offer. After dining, many guests take a short walk, next door, to enjoy a live performance at The Depot Theatre. Open year-round and conveniently located just minutes from I-87 and the Amtrak train station.

Hotels/Motels & Resorts

Westport Lakeside Motel

This lodging on Lake Champlain is located in the historic village of Westport, NY, directly on the lake in the heart of the Adirondacks. The motel is just a short scenic drive from the Olympic Village of Lake Placid and offers very comfortable accommodations in which to relax and explore this beautiful area. Enjoy the spectacular lake and mountain views and warm hospitality. The eight guest rooms provide attractive and comfortable accommodations. Each room is tastefully furnished and equipped with premium bedding, color cable TV, WiFi available, in-room coffee makers, and in-room fridge and microwave.

Cabin/Cottage & Vacation Rentals

Cottage on the Bay

Private lake front cottage (sleeps 4-6) in Willsboro, NY. with 1,000 sq. ft. of living space: Two queen-size bedrooms, eat-in kitchen, full bath, living room with queen sleeper sofa and fireplace, and enclosed porch. The cottage also has a TV, CD/DVD player, a selection of books, games, puzzles, and DVDs, microwave, lawn furniture, picnic tables, gas grill, rowboat, and large private dock (not accessible) for swimming and boating and a mooring for larger boats. Within traveling distance to Ausable Chasm, High Falls Gorge, Whiteface Mountain, Santa's Workshop, Lake Placid, Burlington, VT, and Montreal, Canada. Numerous nearby hiking and cycling trails. Beautiful in September and October for fall foliage in the Adirondacks and nearby Vermont. This is a daily rental (three-night minimum) except for the months of July and August, through Labor Day. During these two months it is a weekly rental from Saturday-to-Saturday. Contact them if you would like to book a longer stay.

Cupola House & Cottage

This meticulously restored Essex, NY Greek Revival "double house" has spectacular views of Lake Champlain and Vermont’s Green Mountains, making it perfect for summer vacation rentals or any season. Close your eyes and listen to the clear blue water as it laps the shore in perfect rhythm. Hear the birds as they arrive or leave the area, depending upon the season. Imagine the small crafts, ships, and ferries of the 18th and 19th centuries busily making their daily trips from port to port. For history buffs, envision the British and US naval trips engaging in battle during the war of 1812. The suites provide a warm and wonderful experience for guests, and your stay will be unforgettable. But don't take their word for it, listen to previous guests. Then come to Lake Champlain and see for yourself.

Historic Homestead

This home is close to amazing views, fishing, hiking trails, excellent dining, and Lake Champlain. Five minutes to the the ferry in Essex NY to Charlotte, VT. 25 minutes to AuSable Chasm. 45 minutes to Lake Placid and skiing at Whiteface ski area. Great for couples, families, skiers, hikers and bikers. With a new Verizon tower and excellent AT&T coverage you will not be out of touch.

Long Pond Cabins

These family-oriented NY Adirondack cabin rentals are located on a quiet mountain lake – off the beaten path in two of New York’s most spectacular recreation areas — the Adirondack Park and Lake Champlain Valley. Camping-oriented cabin accommodations feature private docks and spectacular lake and mountain views. Available for two-week minimum rentals (July – August), all cabins are either two- or three-bedroom; have a kitchenette equipped with range, refrigerator, dishes and cooking utensils; a bathroom with a hot shower; a stone campfire ring; a picnic table; and a charcoal grill.