Amish Country Byway
Take a break from the fast-paced world of cell phones, computers, fast cars, and demanding schedules, and enjoy the 'simple life' found on the Amish Country Byway in Ohio. At first, you may feel as if time is standing still, but you'll soon discover that the Amish folk are highly enterprising and productive. They have simply chosen to maintain their traditional beliefs and customs, continuing a lifestyle uncomplicated by the ways of the modern-day world. As you travel the Amish Country Byway, sharing the road with horses and buggies, you will experience first-hand the Amish way of life. You will also take in plenty of beautiful scenery and have a wide variety of recreational opportunities to pursue.
Appreciating the Amish CultureBegin your tour of the Byway by visiting the Amish and Mennonite Heritage Center. Learn about the community and see Behalt, a dramatic 10' by 265' mural-in-the-round that depicts Amish/Mennonite history, painted by the late international artist, Heinz Gaugel. Then, visit Yoder's Amish Home and witness for yourself early traditional farming ways. Also, go for a buggy ride, and tour two homes completely furnished in traditional Amish decor.
A Bountiful HarvestIf you travel the Byway during growing and harvest season, typically from April to November, you'll definitely want to stop by the Farmer's Produce Auction. Here you will find everything from bedding plants and dried flowers to asparagus, zucchini, pumpkins, and Indian corn. Both the Amish and English people in the area maintain a strong tradition of agriculture and produce wonderful crops, cheese, and specialty meat products.
What Nature Has to OfferNature along the Byway only adds to the peaceful setting of the countryside. Enjoy an early morning picnic or fishing trip at the Killbuck Marsh. You can also hunt, trap, fish, and hike. Or you can simply enjoy watching the abundant wildlife in the area. If you love water sports, you'll find exciting places to go canoeing, kayaking, rafting, and tubing on the Byway as well.
Experience the Past in the Present
The Byway's past is as intriguing as its present. Visit Killbuck Museum or Victorian House Museum for a taste of Civil War, archaeological, Victorian, and Amish history. Also, spend some time in the well-preserved, turn-of-the-century Winesburg Village, where you can buy handmade carts, buggies, and wagons. You can even purchase your very own horse or pony if you're in the market for such a souvenir.
You'll leave the Amish Country Byway feeling much the same as the traveler who said, 'Traveling to Amish Country is a great getaway from our day-to-day routines. It's quiet, clean and refreshes the soul. When you get away from the telephone ringing, from the traffic on the roads, it's a gift, a refuge from the everyday noise of your life' (Muriel Hetrick, reader, Ohio Magazine, Dec/Jan 2000).
Please respect the privacy and religious beliefs of the Amish. Don't take pictures of them. Because of the unique agriculture and culture of Amish Country, you must share the road with Amish buggies, agriculture equipment, cyclists, etc. The two lane state routes and US-62 should be traveled at a somewhat slower pace than most paved roads. Keep in mind that things slow down on Sunday, and while rest areas, public restrooms, and some gas stations remain open on Sunday, many other services are not available.Best Time to Drive Early autumn--Harvest time.
The harvest season. There are many produce stands and auctions. The fall foliage is stunning. People are also Christmas shopping - -people shop year-round for Amish Oak and Cherry furniture.
Information was obtained by permission from www.byways.org.
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Awe, nice photos! This is my home and you are right, there is some great riding!
Wed Jan 28, 2015 at 6:03 AM
This is great bike country. Many small roads are also fun to explore from the main route with some nice elevation changes....
Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 8:21 PM
Have also ridden this route, but from a southern "entrance". This is a smooth, easy ride through the beautiful Ohio countryside. Several little towns with some of the best food around!! Home cooking at its best. Do be aware and careful of Amish buggies and horses. Some of the horses don't appreciate the roar of a motorcycle engine as much as we do!! enjoy and ride safe.
Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 9:09 AM
this is a really relaxing ride, alot of scenery to take in. Not alot of twisty roads but there is alot of nice curvy sections which make for a relaxing ride.Traffic can be congested near Berlin during the summer months but it is managable. Definately plenty of good eating in Amish Country (just stay away from the road apples).
Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 9:09 AM