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Gettysburg cycling(12 posts)

Gettysburg cyclingscottfree
Apr 11, 2002 4:21 AM
Someone here -- was it MB1? -- posted once about cycling at Gettysburg. Is the park 'cyclist friendly?' Could a Civil War buff have a good experience there using a bike to see everything? Planning a trip in early May, wonder if I should bring the bike.
It is a wonderful place to ride.MB1
Apr 11, 2002 5:00 AM
The park is spread out all over the place. Drivers have to park and get out of their cars to walk to most of the best stuff. It is just as easy if not easier to see the place by bicycle.

If you want more info I'm franthis@iwon.com
re: Gettysburg cyclingcyclopathic
Apr 11, 2002 5:36 AM
It's all good MB1 is right bring your bike. You can cycle all through the battle field.
Gettisburg and surrounding area is pretty flat but if you wanna do some climbing go ~30mi west to Micheaux state park, some nice climbs (esp "Big Flat" 3/4mi ~16%). Park is also known for good mnt biking.
re: Gettysburg cyclingScot_Gore
Apr 11, 2002 6:14 AM
I'm a civil war buff and enjoy visiting battlefields.

I've not toured Gettysburg by bike, but I have done Shiloh, Pea Ridge, Wilson's Creek, Missionary Ridge and Chickamauga.

When I tour I like to stop and read monuments, walk along the notable lines of the conflict, and often don't have my eye on the road directly in front of me. As a result, I've never used clipless pedals on any of my battlefield tromps. I'm on and off the bike alot. Walking 500 yards up a foot path to read a monument or battlefield marker and stuff like that.

So if you have ideas about doing things like parking on the west side and walking up through Devils Den to the top of Big Round Top to get a sense for how difficult that assault may have been (something I might do...but not everyones cup of tea). A high profile road cleat is not really up for the job. I don't have MTB pedals but you may be OK with a more recessed cleat. I ride flats with a good pair of walking shoes.

Have fun (wish it was me).

Scot
Scot: About Shiloh ...scottfree
Apr 11, 2002 6:24 AM
Fairly close to me and something I might do. Good battlefield to visit and see by bike?

Great idea about recreating the assult up Little Round Top!
Shiloh is great.MB1
Apr 11, 2002 7:37 AM
A little-make that a lot more compact than Gettysburg. wonderful monuments. Good on a bike for the same reason Gettysburg is but the surrounding area is not as nice to ride in as Gettysburg is.
Shiloh is great.ALBikeGuy
Apr 11, 2002 8:07 AM
I'll second that opinion of Shiloh. I have ridden around it once, it's close to me. I plan on taking my son and doing it with our Trail-a-bike.

I used to live in Vicksburg and rode in the Mil. Park almost everyday. Vicksburg has some nice rolling hills (for Mississippi) and I sort'a miss being able to ride there.

There's not many good places to ride around Vicksburg, unless your in the Mil. Park or go over to the Natchez Trace.
Shiloh a good bike battlefieldScot_Gore
Apr 11, 2002 8:29 AM
Shiloh has paved roads that run to all important points of the battlefield. The park roads are "park" roads, they're not used by anyone except those there to see the park (unlike Chickamauga, it's a major commuter by-way). I was amazed at how little traffic of any kind was there. It was a pretty sleepy little Park.

That said....
If you want to see all 5 Confederate mass grave sites, you'll be walking.
If you want to see where Sherman's HQ was overrun and the Rebs stopped to eat his breakfast, you'll be walking.
If you want to see where the Union pickets spotted the lead Confederate brigades and the Yank commanders dismissed it as local miltia and not a serious threat, you'll be walking.

The park service at Shiloh has done a great job of marking this battlefield. They've put up brigade and regiment markers all over the battlefield to mark important events and actions for specific Union and Confederate units. Of course, most of these are far enough off road that you have to dismount to be able to read what they say. So, if your like me and wander around looking for the 4th Minnesota's (or whoever's important to you) until you find it....you'll be walking.

BRING FOOD AND WATER - THERE'S NOTHING AT THE VISITORS CENTER EXCEPT SOME POORLY STOCKED VENDING MACHINES

HAVE FUN

Scot
Good post! Thanksscottfree
Apr 11, 2002 8:35 AM
Antietam, too! Great for cycling. nmBrooks
Apr 11, 2002 8:23 AM
re: Bring your bike!dzrider
Apr 11, 2002 8:35 AM
I stopped there on a ride from NYC to Columbus, OH. The tour would work on a bike, although I did it on a bus. The area is really fun to ride around. Went back there some years later with my wife and we both enjoyed the rolling terrain and quite roads.
Contact Gettysburg BicycleCRM
Apr 11, 2002 9:09 AM
http://www.gettysburgbicycle.com

It's a pretty decent shop. They could probably tell you whatever you want to know about biking the battlefields.