Amish Country Ramble

Arcola, Illinois

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Taking a spin through the largest Amish community in Illinois and the fourth-largest in the nation, you may come to realize that Amish country is best explored on a bike. On a bike you’re seeing the landscape at about the same speed as someone riding in an Amish horse and buggy, and you’re less likely to feel as though you’re intruding upon the Amish low-tech way of life. You’re also more likely to stop and chew the fat with someone at the Amish schools, Amish businesses, and dozens of small Amish farms that you’ll pass. Reinforcing the kinship between cyclists and the Amish is the realization that many Amish people ride bikes, too.

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"Taking a spin through the largest Amish community in Illinois and the fourth-largest in the nation, you may come to realize that Amish country is best explored on a bike. On a bike you’re seeing the landscape at about the same speed as someone riding in an Amish horse and buggy, and you’re less likely to feel as though you’re intruding upon the Amish low-tech way of life.

You’re also more likely to stop and chew the fat with someone at the Amish schools, Amish businesses, and dozens of small Amish farms that you’ll pass. Reinforcing the kinship between cyclists and the Amish is the realization that many Amish people ride bikes, too."

Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Arcola
Distance: 31.6
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Spring, summer, fall
Local Maps: USGS Arcola quad
Driving Directions: Directions to Amish Country Ramble

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May 2018