The first Amana Colonies Gravel Bike Routes are ready for use. The routes each begin in Middle Amana, separating into Route A going to High Amana and Route B going to West Amana. While on the gravel routes, the riders will experience historical points of interest in Middle, High and West Amana.
The Amana Colonies are a set of seven historic villages spaced approximately 7 miles appart. In latter days, the villages were communal with families living, working, and eating together. In 1932, the Amana Society chose to abandoned the communal ways. It has become a top tourism attraction in Iowa with over 1 million visitors per year.
Route B begins in Middle Amana at the entrance to the Amana Colonies Golf Course, riders will travel to West Amana rather than High Amana. This route is more challenging and approximately a 17 mile round trip. West Amana features Iowa’s Largest Walnut Rocking Chair, Basket and Broom Shop, Opa’s Tractor Museum, Michele Maring Miller Studio and Gallery, and the landscape that inspired Grant Wood to paint his famous Young Corn.
- Park at the Amana Colonies Golf Club
- Route starts on pavement, but turns to gravel at 126th Street
- Travel to West Amana through native timber
- Return through High Amana along paved road.
- Visit the historic High Amana General Store
- Finish your ride with a beer at Millstream Brewing
- This ride is on gravel, so bring an appropriate bicycle
- A longer Route B is available from Route A
- Beverage service is available at the Amana Golf Club at the start of ride