Lancaster County Backroads: The Best Way To See The Scenic Beauty of PA Dutch Country

September 15, 2015

Nothing beats the beauty of Lancaster County’s breathtaking backroads where you can savor the
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views of endless rolling hills of crops, fields of wildflowers, historic covered bridges…and perhaps you might even stop along the way for authentic homemade root beer or to pick up some fresh, homegrown produce at roadside stands.

Whether you’re hiking or biking or just passing through, our area’s backroads provide a memorable glimpse of the scenic beauty of Lancaster County.

Here are a few resources to help you plan your backroads adventure:

Backroads Through Long Ago

At, you can view a topographical map of a driving tour and hiking trail that offer ideas for recreational activities, unique shopping experiences, enjoyable eateries, and more.

Amish Country Scenic Drive

Just over three hours long, this 102-mile ride will take you into the historical heart of the county. View countless barns, homes, and fields of the Amish. Take in the sights and join others in the exploration of shops featuring handcrafted goods and wares of Lancaster County. Travel through the town of Bird In Hand and onto Intercourse, another town steeped in Pennsylvania Dutch culture.

Lancaster County Bike Club

Historic landmarks throughout the Amish Country are excellent starting points for bicyclists from all over. The Lancaster County Bike Club recommends several rides you might consider:

Explore Ephrata – The Ephrata Cloister Museum suggests four rides that cover different areas of the town, including Kitchen Kettle Village, the Strasburg Railroad, and more.

Landis Valley Farm Museum – This museum suggests five rides of rolling terrains, offering trails leading to ice cream shops, a chocolate shop, and more. Bike through covered bridges and take in the classic scenery of Landis Valley.

Lititz Spring Park – Start at Lititz Spring Park and choose from eight trails ranging from flat to very hilly terrains that provide riders with sights like a 13th Century castle, the Cornwall Furnace Museum, and Amish farmlands.

Pennsylvania Railroad Museum – Train and history lovers are sure to enjoy these eight trails that stretch all throughout the quaint are of Strasburg.

Clock and Watch Museum – This single trail just under 19.5 miles is a lovely way to experience not only the farmlands but also the historic architecture of Columbia and beautiful views of the Susquehanna River.

No matter what path you choose, book your stay at the Historic Smithton Inn today, and we’ll be happy to suggest some of our favorite historic and scenic backroads and trails to make your visit an authentic Lancaster County experience. Happy travels!

By Rebecca Gallagher

Photo courtesy of Dawn Mentzer