On this Wild Wednesday we’re day tripping through charming small towns and cruising country roads along Barn Quilt Trails to admire the colorful creations.

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A favorite fall trip for many people is viewing the foliage and covered bridges, which we explored in Brown County, Indiana. While driving the country roads we noticed a lovely Barn Quilt, and wondered if there were more around the state. As it turns out there are Barn Quilt Trails around the country, and we’ve picked a few for you to enjoy on your day trip.

We start with the Western New York Country Barn Quilt Trail that was established in 2006. The Country Barn Quilt Trail was the creative idea of local farmer, Lora Partyka who inspired members of her community in Kendall, NY to come together and create a local quilt trail.

When beginning your journey stop in first at the Village of Kendall that is the official center and starting point of the trail. Here, you can pick up free maps that are available at the farm market at Partyka Farms and other locations in Kendall. As you follow the Country Barn Quilt Trail throughout the farming communities of Orleans County, near the southern shores of radiant Lake Ontario you’ll find over forty barns and other buildings adorned with hand painted quilt squares. If you’re interested in wine tasting stop in at Schwenk Wine Cellars and admire their quilt on the Country Barn Quilt Trail.

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(photo via Kentucky Heritage Quilt Trail)

While in New York check out the quilts along the Amish Trail that runs through Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties. As you tour the country side admiring the Barn Quilts wave at the friendly Amish you meet along the trail. If you download the Amish Trail Map it will help you find places like Sprague’s Maple Farms, and other stops along the trail to stop for lunch an explore area sites and attractions.

Down in Kentucky, the rolling hills offer many scenic sites and attractions to explore. It’s here where we gained new respect to snakes at the Kentucky Reptile Zoo, and found a Barn Quilt on an old log cabin that was moved here are 1914.

Then, there’s the Southern Middle Tennessee Quilt Trails that take you through nine counties. Here, the Barn Quilts can be found on old barns, agri-tourism and other sites of historical and economic significance. Many of the patterns are created in memory of a loved one like a grandmother you loved to quilt. Some patterns have been handed down through generations.

As you travel the back roads and country side sometimes you’ll find barns with offbeat painting on them and other oddities in the small towns. My husband, Leroy, and I enjoy the interesting places to stop at like local farmers markets, antique shops, and join in the fun at festivals. Hope you have as much fun as we did on our day trip!

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Find Local Barn Quilt Trails

Check with your local state travel and tourism websites to find Barn Quilt Trails in your region.

Wild Wednesday Facts:

  • While touring the Barn Quilt Trails keep in mind that some of these are on private property, so remain on the roadside rather than trespassing.
  • You can find Barn Quilt Trails near you by typing the keyword into you browsing with your state, and the results will reveal those near your destination.

Do you have a favorite Barn Quilt Trail?

photos via Melody Schubert unless otherwise noted


With a passion for travel and creativity, Journalist and Photographer, Melody Schubert let’s her imagination guide her as she explores the world. For her, everyday is an opportunity to embrace something new, and explore intriguing and overlooked destinations that express the heart of a region, and share these discoveries with readers of Travel Freak. She is also Editorial Executive for USA Travel Magazine - http://www.usatravelmagazine.com/ where she shares more of travel interests.

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  1. Find Quilt Squares In Renfro Valley, KY:

    While driving through Kentucky along Interstate 75 at exit 62 you’ll find the Renfro Valley Entertainment Center – http://www.renfrovalley.com, where there are several large quilt patterns adoring the shops. Upcoming musician’s to play at Renfro Valley are Travis Trent, and they’ll host their annual holiday special, Christmas in the Valley.

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