Welcome to the Southern entrance to New York’s Amish Trail. Please stop by and visit our 24/7 Welcome Center in the Randolph Area Municipal Building at 72 Main Street.
New York’s Amish Trail in Cattaraugus County is not your typical Amish community; there is no commercialization here like you find in the larger familiar Amish areas in the Northeast. This pastoral settlement consists of an Old Order Amish people that continue to live out their day to day lives the old-fashioned way. No modern conveniences such as electric and motorized vehicles are used to carry out their responsibilities for the day.
As you travel the country highways, you will see hand-painted signs depicting the commodity that each Amish business has. Follow those hand-painted signs down the side roads to their business where you can purchase anything from toys to quilts, lumber, furniture, candy and more. Each of the Amish craftsmen specializes in a product, so make an adventure out of locating the Amish Shop that sells what you are looking to purchase.
Amish Trail maps are available at designated businesses located in Gowanda, South Dayton, Randolph, East Otto, Salamanca and in between.
When you “get lost” on New York’s Amish Trail, you will find yourself surrounded by beautiful scenery in a peaceful atmosphere that will calm the noise in your soul and help you refresh and revisit life at a slower pace. In the spring, you will see the farmers plowing their fields with horses; in summer, barefoot children will be hoeing in the gardens with their mothers while the fathers are harvesting the hay in the fields, again using their horses. Autumn paints a gorgeous scene along the hills and valleys of New York’s Amish Trail and this is the opportunity to see the colors of autumn as well as the corn and oat shocks standing in the fields after being harvested by the farmers.
No matter the time of year you visit, remember that Amish shops are closed on Sundays, as are many of the “non-Amish” businesses.
We invite you to tour the Amish community located in the Enchanted Mountains of Cattaraugus County along New York’s Amish Trail. Be sure to visit the non-Amish businesses that offer you modern day conveniences to enhance your visit. For more information, please call 1-800-331-0543 or visit our website at www.NYAmishTrail.com.