places to pedal both paved + gravel rides

We have two great options to bike, with a paved trail between Amana and Middle Amana that edges the Lily Lake.  This is a flat ride and perfect for the entire family.  The gravel bike route is much more challenging and travels the back roads between Middle Amana, High Amana, and West Amana.

The Amana Colonies Bike Trail is a 3-mile hard surface trail connecting the villages of Amana and Middle Amana.  Circling the Lily Lake which blooms from July to August with yellow lotus lily flowers, it offers the rider great opportunities to spot a large and changing variety of birds and wildlife.  Eagles are common in the spring as are pelicans.  Canadian geese and trumpeter swans are in the area year-round.

A more vigorous ride is our Gravel Bike Route that heads north into the timberland past the golf club.  This ride offers two options, one that is a shorter ride from Middle Amana to High Amana and a longer rider that extends to West Amana.  The longer ride offers some changes in elevation so be ready to exhort some energy.  This ride takes you past the area that inspired Grant Wood to create his painting entitled “Young Corn”.

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