Ephrata, PA. Ephrata Cloister (717) 733-6600. ephratacloister.org. Admission Charge. The Cloister is a cluster of buildings dating from 1732 when a Protestant communal society was founded by Conrad Beissel, a German Pietist. The Cloisters date back to the time of the American Revolutionary War. Costumed guides direct visitors through the buildings, which illustrate the austere simplicity of these people’s unique lifestyle. Call for schedule and hours.
Routes from this location
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The Ephrata Loop Ride is generally flat terrain but with some moderate rolling hills. A sampling of the northern Lancaster County farmlands can be had on this short scenic ride. Food and drink are available in Ephrata.
The Kitchen Kettle Ride is gentle rolling terrain but with some moderate hills. A sampling of the Lancaster County Amish farmlands present themselves to be photographed and enjoyed. Kitchen Kettle Village was started in 1954 in a backyard garage, This collection of Pennsylvania Dutch Shops now includes a craft shop, tobacco shop, cafe, fudge shop, bake shop, herb and flower shop and many other food and craft shops. Open: Daily from 9 a.m. Closed Sunday. Food and drink are available in at Kitchen Kettle Village and Ephrata.
The Oregon Dairy Ride is generally flat terrain but with some moderate rolling hills. A sampling of two covered bridges and Lancaster County farmlands can be found on this scenic ride. A brief stop at 14.37 miles at Oregon Dairy makes this a perfect addition to the Lancaster County countryside. Food and drink are available in Ephrata.
The Heritage Ride is mostly gentle rolling terrain but with some moderate hills. A great cross-section of the Lancaster County Amish farmlands and points of historic interest. The ride incorporates the Ephrata Cloister, Strasburg Railroad, and Landis Valley State operated museums, and includes the town of Lititz.