Can you imagine learning American history by exploring Gettysburg National Military Park … on a bicycle?
Bicycling Gettysburg National Military Park: The Cyclist’s Civil War Travel Guide is a guidebook for recreational and experienced bicyclists — and freedom-loving history buffs who may never ride a bike. The book is a treasure-trove of maps, photographs and historical detail written for ordinary people who like to explore.
“After following the book’s Culp’s Hill course on a balmy Saturday morning in May, I’m sold that there may be no better way to tour the battlefield than on two wheels. The opportunity to cruise past the landscape’s open fields, rocky hills, and woodlots, while easily hopping on and off bike for frequent stops to read monuments or signage or to snap photographs, is incomparable.” — Civil War Times
“Bicycling Gettysburg is comprehensible to readers and riders of all ages and expertise (in both the cycling and historical senses) through pacing and descriptions that are concise and readable for both aficionados and novices alike.” — Civil War Monitor
“Very informative!! Loads of maps and photos, so much information, just read it slowly and take it in or will be over whelming. Great book whether you’re biking or touring the battlefield any other way.” — Verified Amazon Customer
“The best ways to truly see a battlefield are by walking and biking. And biking a battlefield such as Gettysburg provides a rush like no other. Sue has produced a valuable book about how to ride that most hallowed Civil War ground. A definite keeper.” — John Banks, journalist, blogger, author
“Three days in July 1863 changed America. Whether you are an experienced cyclist or just starting out, a serious historian or history buff, you will want to visit Gettysburg more than once. Make sure you take this guide along.” — Ken Rich, Gettysburg history buff
“Quite fascinating, Bicycling Gettysburg is a great, easy to read book for history buffs and rookie history learners alike. It is a pictorial book that also has detailed information about the Battle of Gettysburg. I am excited to use the maps and images on my next visit to Gettysburg.” — SPC Kevin Kozlowski, U.S. Army veteran, American Studies graduate student
COMPANION MAPS (PRINT OR DIGITAL)
Civil War Cycling also publishes 14 different bicycle routes of varying distances, landscape features and historic themes. You can download, print and/or view maps and photographs on any PDF-enabled mobile device. For safety reasons, the maps are designed for use during a stop, not while riding.
Bicycling Gettysburg National Military Park: The Cyclist’s Civil War Travel Guide is a 286-page, full-color guidebook that is packed with 34 maps, more than 100 monument and landscape photographs, and GPS points for a 23.8-mile looped tour over 6,000 acres of park land. Take a ride back in time and learn the three-day story of the Battle of Gettysburg (July 1-3, 1863) from the perspective of a bicyclist.
For the history buff … The book’s maps identify the locations of:
- All state monuments
- All equestrian monuments
- All bronze statues of individuals
- A sampling of regimental monuments for all states
- Farm buildings, towers and more
For the bicyclist … The book’s maps identify:
- All roads, especially park roads and one-way roads
- Significant ridges, hills, fields, woodlots and more
- Natural and physical landmarks for orienteering
- Restrooms, portable toilets and water sources
- Picnic areas, bicycle racks and parking lots
- Town roads that have sidewalks or bicycle lanes
The book covers these Gettysburg-specific bicycle touring topics:
- Bicycle selection, transportation, and rental options
- Lodging considerations, parking
- Contingency planning (in case of rain)
- Pointers to bicycle laws and park policies
ABOUT CIVIL WAR CYCLING
Civil War Cycling is your one and only source for help planning a safe, looped and historically themed ride over 6,000+ acres of park land. Established in 2018, our core business is the publication of touring maps, guidebooks and other educational materials for cycling U.S. Civil War battlefield parks. Our guidebook and digital companion maps for bicycling Gettysburg appeal to free-minded explorers and history buffs who want to learn about the Battle of Gettysburg – or “hunt” for monument photographs – on their own. Accessible to the general reader and bicyclists of all skill levels, Civil War Cycling’s touring materials will help you to plan your own self-directed battlefield tour. Be independent. Be safe. Be free.
Civil War Cycling’s owner, Sue Thibodeau, grew up near Gettysburg and has toured the battlefield countless times by bus, car, foot and bicycle. Hooked on the value of outdoor, experiential learning, and having learned from her many bicycling mistakes, Sue created a guidebook whose aim is to help tourists spend less time planning and more time enjoying the thrill of an educational ride – your way, at your pace, according to your historical interest.
In 2020, we will add Antietam National Battlefield touring maps, guidebooks and educational materials to our product line.