Gravel Biking

enjoy a more vigorous ride on gravel

The Amana Gravel Bike Route is a challenging ride that travels the back roads between Middle Amana, High Amana, and West Amana.

The Gravel Bike Route heads north into the timberland past the golf club. This ride offers two options, Amana Gravel A – a shorter ride from Middle Amana to High Amana. Amana Gravel B is a longer ride that extends to West Amana. Gravel B 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”.

For a paved ride exploring all five Amana Colonies, check out the Amana Trail. The Amana Trail is a 21-mile route connecting the villages of Amana, Middle Amana, South Amana, and Homestead via highways 220, 6, and 51. Enjoy a cold beverage at Millstream at the completion of your ride!

For a shorter, family-friendly ride, try The Kolonieweg, or Colony Way trail. The Kolonieweg is a 3.1-mile trail connecting the villages of Amana and Middle Amana. Most of the trail is paved, but a small portion is gravel. The trail offers scenic views of Lily Lake, the Millrace, pastures, farmland and the surrounding countryside. Lily Lake blooms from July to August with yellow lotus lily flowers. This ride 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. Canada geese and trumpeter swans are in the area year-round. The Amana Depot serves as the trailhead for the Kolonieweg, providing parking and seasonal restrooms.

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