Civil War travel guides to learn history on a bike

Bike rides through Gettysburg

Welcome to Civil War Cycling’s educational website—your source for U.S. Civil War travel guides. My name is Sue Thibodeau. Here you will find lots of free content, as well as invitations to explore our shop of printed guidebooks and digital bicycling maps for touring U.S. Civil War battlefields.

Explore Civil War Cycling’s free content:

Gettysburg (PA)
Antietam (MD)
Chickamauga (GA)
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Shop for Civil War Cycling guidebooks and maps:

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Learn WHY you need a touring guidebook or maps (for Gettysburg)

Bicycling is a uniquely exciting way to learn about U.S. Civil War history. Because bike navigation requires you to focus on roads and landmarks, it is easy to learn about battlefield geography and the impact of a battle on local farming families. Especially with a guidebook that helps one to stay oriented, the learning experience extends well beyond military tactics and maneuvers. You can explore an “outdoor classroom” full of monuments, wayside exhibits, and beautiful landscapes.

So, why not make learning even easier with a touring guidebook or a set of downloadable bike maps?! 

Antietam, Chickamauga, and Gettysburg

Shop to Bike Gettysburg
Shop & Bike Gettysburg
Shop to Bike Antietam
Shop & Bike Antietam
Shop to Bike Chickamauga
Shop & Bike Chickamauga

There is no better way to learn American history than on two wheels. The key is to arrive at a battlefield with some basic historical knowledge, but also a keen awareness of the road network and bicycling amenities that will keep you safe, healthy, and happy. That’s the purpose of Civil War Cycling’s guidebooks and maps. They are packed with color photos, color maps, and historical summaries that appeal to visual, experiential learners 

What are people saying about our Civil War travel guides?

Our reviewers and customers strike a common theme:

“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

“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

Read more reviews:

Bicycling Gettysburg Book ReviewsBicycling Antietam Book Reviews

Not convinced that you need a map? Then please read our #1 Blog Post:

Biking the Gettysburg Battlefield—Not Just Any Map.

New Guidebook for Bicycling Gettysburg

Supplement your Civil War travel guide purchase with downloadable biking maps:

Gettysburg MapsAntietam MapsC&O Canal MapsChickamauga Maps

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June 29, 2024 (12:25 pm)

biking U.S. Civil War battlefields