February 10, 2016
With its snow wrapped farms, Amish Country winter scenery alone is worth a trip. And of course, the cozy inns will entice you to a comfy seat by the fire. But don’t head inside too soon. The snow-covered hills and forests offer cross-country skiing, sledding, snowshoeing, and hiking. On the western edge of Amish Country in the Mohican Valley, skiing enthusiasts will find fun challenges on groomed trails and nearby slopes. In the state park and adjacent state forest, an 8-mile snowmobile, mountain bike, and bridle trail can be used with appropriate weather conditions.
Near the Inn at Honey Run, strap on snowshoes, step into the solitude of forests and fields on the Honey Run walking trails. Or check out Holmes County Trail’s 15 miles of gorgeous, easygoing rail trail. (As in most places, you'll need your own equipment, boots, and snowshoes.) Glide around Malabar Farm State Park with Nordic skiing, ice skating, sledding, and mansion tours. Experience the winter months in a horse-drawn open sleigh, for a romantic moonlit ride, or a family, church or other group outing. For rides, check with The Farm at Walnut Creek (330-893-4200) or the Amish Country Riding Stables (330-893-3600) for sleigh conditions and availability. A winter wonderland!