This ride’s general location is Barnard. Scenery includes horse farms, ponds, and the quaint town of Barnard. This is a good ride for beginners and families. The picturesque town of Barnard is home to Silver Lake and Silver Lake State Park. The region was originally developed as farmland, and many stone walls and meadows remain. This easy, five-mile loop takes you past Silver Lake, Line Pond, and several horse farms. It begins with a mellow trail climb, continues on dirt roads, and finishes on the Barnard-Woodstock Stage Road, which was once the main route between the two towns. The Silver Lake loop is an excellent ride for novice riders, but if you need a greater challenge, check out the many connecting dirt roads.


Activity Type Mountain Biking
Nearest Town Barnard
Length 5 total miles
Elevation Gain 900 feet
Trail Type Loop
Skill Level Easy


Trailhead: Silver Lake’s public beach in Barnard. There’s parking behind the general store.

Latitude/Longitude: 43.728346,-72.618755

Directions: From the general store in Barnard, begin by riding toward the entrance to Silver Lake State Park, keeping Silver Lake on you right. Climbing on a paved road, ride past the entrance and look for a tunnel-like trail that drops off to the right. This is an easy trail with a gradual climb. Stay on the main vein for about .5 miles and exit to the right onto a dirt road. Take an immediate left onto East Road, where you will see several spectacular homes.

East Road winds and descends to a T-intersection; go right onto Line Pond Road. Soon you will pass Line Pond on you left. Begin a gradual climb that brings you to the Woodstock-Barnard Stage Road. Go right and continue climbing, passing a tiny cemetery on your left. Eventually the dirt road changes to pavement and soon you will see Silver Lake and the starting point.



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