This section of PA-896, a rural, paved 21-mile stretch from Russellville, Pennsylvania to Strasburg, is past large well-kept Amish farms, many without electrical lines leading to homes and barns.
Riding through these beautiful rolling hills one Sunday mid-afternoon I observed 36 black, horse-drawn buggies within a period of 30-minutes as they headed for various destinations.
Whenever possible, drivers guided their buggies onto the shoulder to allow traffic to pass.
In some instances, shy Amish children modestly waved from the buggy rear window as I passed.
(In turn, be especially considerate when passing their horse drawn rigs.)
At the Harley Davidson “shop” six-miles west of Strasburg on PA-741, tee-shirt sales showing the Amish horse and buggy on the back are a favorite purchase.
- Charles Peterson (6/17/14)
For those who care about such things, don't forget the portion (1/4 of a mile?) of route 896 that passes throught a sliver of Maryland.
This anomaly does't make itself clear on most maps, but it may one of the shortest routes in a state that shares the same route number with two other states.
- Tony Butler, Voorhees, NJ (4/8/08)
A very nice ride through the rolling hills of Amish country.
This road is heavily travlled by horse and buggy's, so take-it easy.
Get on this road early in the morning to really enjoy it to the fullest, without all the traffic - if you can you will be very glad you did.
Stop at the Strausburg Railroad for a visit if you have the time.
- Brad Morgan (6/17/07)
Nice road to drive.
Nice Amish farms and great scenery to look at.
45mph speed limit makes it a very casual road to ride.
Took it this evening (8/21/06) and went south while still daylight and ended coming home in the dark.
Stopped at Good and Plenty on the way south for supper. Over ate!!
Oh well, such is life with good Pa Dutch cooking.
- Frank Kiehner (8/21/06)
What a great road to ride on!!!
Full of up and down twisting hills.
Fantastic valley views the closer you get to route 30.
Tons of Amish buggies, farms & people.
There is a great railroad joint to look at cool old choo choo's and hotrod hangouts.
Your arm will get very heavy from waving to all the other bikers who love to ride this road.
Watch out for the horse poop though, its quite slippery if you hit a pile in a turn!
The only drawbacks are all the bad driving tourist as you near Lancaster...
Lots of places to tour & eat! Great ride!
- Pops Roach (5/18/06)
Nice flowing ride through farm country of Southern Chester County into Lancaster County.
- Rider from Newtown Square, Pennsylvania