New Holland

New Holland, Pennsylvania

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This is a longer ride that will take you through the farmland of eastern Lancaster County. (For less ambitious riders, there's an optional shorter ride of 15.1 miles). Many of these farms are owned and operated by the "Plain People," Amish and Mennonites. Members of these religious sects avoid modern conveniences such as cars or electricity. The terrain makes this a fairly difficult ride. Around Adamstown and Bowmansville, it's quite hilly. But there are no hills that a stronger rider can't handle. The road surface is fair.
Short Bike Rides in Eastern Pennsylvania

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Short Bike Rides in Eastern Pennsylvania

by William Simpson (The Globe Pequot Press)

This is a longer ride that will take you through the farmland of eastern Lancaster County. (For less ambitious riders, there's an optional shorter ride of 15.1 miles). Many of these farms are owned and operated by the "Plain People," Amish and Mennonites.

Members of these religious sects avoid modern conveniences such as cars or electricity. The terrain makes this a fairly difficult ride. Around Adamstown and Bowmansville, it's quite hilly. But there are no hills that a stronger rider can't handle. The road surface is fair.

©  William Simpson/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: New Holland
Distance: 47
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Riding Time: 4.5 hours
Season: Best March to November
Driving Directions: Directions to New Holland

Recent Trail Reviews

5/25/2008
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The first half of this ride is wonderful - we saw dozens of Amish buggies and beautiful farms, and the riding was great. However, the second half took us into more developed areas and heavy traffic that we were not expecting. This starts after Terre Hill, when you catch sight of a huge food distribution center near an entrance to the PA Turnpike - it looked newly constructed. It continues through Adamstown, with townhouse developments, shopping centers, and those depressing 1950's PA-style ranch houses everywhere. Also, if you're going to ride in PA Dutch country, we learned you have to love the smell of manure - it's everywhere! Finally, a couple streets have name changes: Cocalico is now Stroutberg? and Martindale is now Blue Rock?


10/29/2007
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nice long ride,not the most scenic.Alittle too much traffic than I would like to see on a Sunday.



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