Civil War Travel Guides | Learn history on a bike

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. …. Pssssst. Did you notice? Our SHOP got a total makeover and it’s right here.

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Bicycling Antietam, a guidebook to learn history on a bike:

“After years of navigating Civil War Battlefields by car, bus, and foot, I’m convinced there is no better way to explore than by bicycle. … Thibodeau has done her research and her route maps are meticulously detailed… The book offers a broad battle overview, park signage, and fun facts, such as a list of presidents who have visited Antietam. Its wealth of information means you should study the book and routes before hitting the road but stick it in your bike basket or daypack as a quick reference…” ~Civil War Times

Includes maps for an excursion from the C&O Canal Towpath!

Bicycling Antietam National Battlefield: The Cyclist’s Civil War Travel Guide is the one-and-only book that you need to bicycle the Antietam battlefield in Sharpsburg, Maryland. Its 208 full-color pages are packed with 43 maps, 100 photos, GPS points, and touring tips. Start your 9.2-mile ride at the Visitor Center or connect from the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath. 

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Plus Antietam maps to download and print…

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Buy bike maps for C&O Canal and Antietam

Take a ride back in time. Download your Antietam and C&O Canal excursion maps ($5.95).

Bicycling Gettysburg, a guidebook to learn history on a bike:

“Whether you’re a cycling enthusiast, history buff, or both, Sue Thibodeau’s Bicycling Gettysburg National Military Park: The Cyclist’s Civil War Travel Guide is a must-have for your next visit to Gettysburg. In fact, this 286-page book is so chock-full of useful maps, photographs, and reference information about the battlefield’s monuments, farm buildings, and areas of interest that it should be in the daypack of anybody touring the park and/or town of Gettysburg.” ~Civil War Times

Bicycling Gettysburg is comprehensible to readers and riders of all ages and expertise… 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

Plus Gettysburg maps to download and print…

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Buy bike maps for Gettysburg

Take a ride back in time. Download your Gettysburg maps in bundles or individually (from $2.95)

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“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

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