What to Expect
Commonly described as pastoral, original, or unblemished; this non-commercialized Old Order Amish settlement is filled with wonderful and interesting attractions.
You will come upon many Amish Buggies that are going at their comfortable speed of 10mph. Don't be in a hurry to get around them, slow down and appreciate the countryside. If you must pass, please wait until it is very safe to do so and do not honk your horn as you may startle the horse.
Because we are out in the country, do not expect to find the typical modern day conveniences you may accustomed to. The closest fast food restaurant will be at least 15 miles from anywhere you may be along the trail. We have many fabulous locally owned restaurants along the way.
Public restrooms and gas stations are not something you will find on every street corner either.
Who are the Amish?
The Amish adhere to a Christian faith and belief system that values community, unity, family, faith and hard work. In our area, the Amish are considered to be Old Order, which is a very conservative and traditional community living without electricity, phones, cars, and other modern conveniences.
Most commonly recognized by their plain dress, horse and buggy transportation, and old fashioned farming practices; they live an intentional lifestyle that separates them from the modern world and is centered around their families and Amish community They make a living from farming and handcrafting products for sale.
What do the Amish make and sell?
They produce a variety of goods including quilts, rugs, baked goods, candy, furniture, toys, baskets, eggs, homegrown fruits & vegetables, jams, woodworking, leather, limber, iron works and more.
Where are the Amish shops?
The Amish sell their products from their homes - the Amish Trail map will help you locate their businesses. Look for a sign in their front yard and an open sign to direct you. You will not find any large Amish stores or commercialized Amish shopping areas or attractions. Rural, small town, personal and friendly is what characterizes this area instead. An authentic Amish experience!
We have a wonderful map that designates much of what you will need to ensure your visit with us is pleasant and fulfilling. These maps may be picked up at any of the businesses listed on this site as you enter our area. There is not one "Amish Store" like something you may find in Ohio or Pennsylvania. These are all small, individual shops with small, sometimes handmade signs designating what they sell or denoting when they are Open/Closed.
Please do not take photos of the Amish people. You may stop at any of the designated shops where you will find an OPEN sign, but please respect that this is a community with homes and families just like yours.
No shops will be open on Sundays throughout the Amish Community, and many of the “English” shops will be closed as well so plan accordingly. Wednesday is another day, not always, that you could find some of the Amish shops closed. The fact that these people tend to gather together for weddings, funerals, barn raisings and other "family" functions is the reason you may find this to be the case. Unfortunately, you may be thinking this would be something wonderful to view, these functions are not open to outsiders.
Check the Amish Life posts on our blog
- Leon Historical Society MuseumRoute 62leon, NY, 14751 42° 21' 48.3804" N, 79° 3' 21.0312" W
Open EVERY Saturday May – October 9am – 4pm FREE ADMISSION Read more about Leon Historical Society Museum
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- American Museum of Cutlery9 Main StreetCattaraugus, NY, 14719 42° 19' 49.0872" N, 78° 52' 7.41" W
This museum showcases premier examples of knives, swords, edged tools, and weapons. Located in Historic Cattaraugus, which was our nation's first railroad boomtown in 1849, is an ideal location for such a comprehensive museum because many cutlery companies originated in or around the Village. The stories of those who used these tools of history have been conserved along with the stories of individuals, collectors and authors who have helped to advance knowledge and appreciation for this very significant componet of the American experience. Read more about American Museum of Cutlery
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- Salamanca Area Historical Society125 Main StreetSalamanca, NY, 14779 42° 9' 32.2056" N, 78° 42' 53.4312" W
Salamanca Area Historical Society Museum Read more about Salamanca Area Historical Society
- 814 Broad StreetSalamanca, NY, 14779 42° 9' 32.6052" N, 78° 44' 48.4512" W
Come and visit the Seneca-Iroquois National Museum. You'll be pleasantly surprised with what we have to offer you on historic events that shape our present. Learn how Iroquois traditional and contemporary art reflects the heritage from ancient times to today. Read more about Seneca -Iroquois National Museum
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- 7356 Snyder Hill RoadCattaraugus, NY, 14719 42° 19' 16.968" N, 78° 54' 48.708" W
Encompassing over 400 acres and 2 fishing ponds, we supply you with a great "Enchanted Mountains" experience. We highly reccomend that you visit their website to learn more about other happenings at the Beauty View Farm. Our affiliated "School for the Environment and the Arts" offers programs on the Summer and Winter Solstice, Bluebirds in Western New York, Apple picking and Fall Foliage Hayrides. We also host an annual summer Yoga Retreat where experts from around the country conduct workshops. Read more about Beauty View Farm
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- The Crosspatch5281 Baker RoadSalamanca, NY, 14779 42° 14' 11.994" N, 78° 45' 48.5892" W
Guided Horseback Riding, Overnight rides, Stagecoach, Wagon, Sleigh & Carriage Rides. Learn to be cowboy or cowgirl with Intro to Rodeo. In the winter enjoy a snowy Sleigh ride or rent a Snowmobile and discover the beauty of our winters on your own. Early in the 1800's cowboys rode the western range on cattle drives; every long, hard day in the saddle was followed by an evening of tall tales and music at the chuck wagon. Read more about The Crosspatch
- Cardinal Hills Golf Course78 Conewango RoadRandolph, NY, 14772 42° 10' 7.6044" N, 78° 58' 17.6196" W
Cardinal Hills Golf Course in Randolph, NY is the eastern-most golf destination on the Cattaraugus-McKean County Golf Trail. Located just 2 miles off interstate 86, exit 16, Cardinal Hills is easily accessible to golfers from all over the region. Read more about Cardinal Hills Golf Course
- Mansfield Area Historical Society7691 Toad Hollow RoadLittle Valley, NY, 14755 42° 19' 55.7688" N, 78° 45' 43.6356" W
Area Historical Society collecting and preserving historical records and artifacts from the Town of Mansfield; whose early industry was based on cheesemaking, logging, cheesebox manufacturing and agriculture.Summer plans for Amish vendors from the local area selling local produce and crafts on site.Hours: June through October - Saturdays 10am - 2pm Read more about Mansfield Area Historical Society
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- Amish Trail Welcome Center72 Main StreetRandolph, NY 42° 9' 45.7056" N, 78° 58' 26.4252" W
Get an Amish Trail map, brochures and more! Read more about Randolph's Amish Trail Welcome Center
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