For our northern-most dual-sport and Adventure riders scamping about the Canadian border. What are the best motorcycle routes through Clinton, Franklin, Lewis, St. Lawerence and Jefferson counties?
(Further south? See list of adventure roads for Essex, Warren and Saratoga counties. )
Kushaqua-Mud Pond Rd /
One of my favorite rides that starts at Loon Lake and rides down into Onchiota “on-shy-ote-ah” passing Mud Pond and Kushaqua (“kusha - kwa” ) ponds, hence the name!
It’s a “road” but class X I think, so mostly gravel, a few forgotten tarmac sections, broken down bridge and great fun all around.
You can extend either side as well. Going east on CR-26 and Thatherville rd, going West/South towards Franklin Falls.
Franklin Falls, Union Pond
Take advantage of the county roads around these two lakes for some gorgeous views and challenging twisties.
Terry Mountain has state access roads off Mud-Pond Rd. (not same as kushaqua-mud pond rd!)
Strackville Rd is another “road” that isn’t. Depending on the season your slogging through mud, bouncing over river rocks, or shooting through smooth gravel.
Thrall Damn is a small park with great hill climbs and surrounded by gravel roads and intersected by wicked long powerlines access rd.
Class 4 Roads
One trick for any region is to start with some seasonal roads. Here’s the list for “Region 7” which is northmost.
- WOLF POND RD
Awesome, awesome ride. It’s got a great mountain view for one section, lots of connectors off and plenty of mud, sand, and rocks to keep you on your toes..literally.
- GOLDSMITH RD
Great access to off-beaten parks, well maintained gravel road with a few hot sections of tarmac.
- FLOODWOOD RD
- BLUE MT RD
- BESHA RD
- JERDEN FALLS RD
- PRENTICE RD
- KIMBALLS MILLS
- GARDNER RD
- PINCKNEY RD
- NORTH RD
- DEAN RD
- WHITE RD
- SANTAMONT RD
- RUSSELL TPKE RD
- MASSAWEPIE RD
Please add yours!
Know a good hill climb, forest trail, logging road of backroad twisty? Let us know!