Area Bike Tours and Bicycle Riding
Most people visit Gettysburg and the Battlefields from behind the wheel (or handlebars) of a four- or two-wheeled motor vehicle, allowing them to cover the most mileage within a limited period of time. Other visitors prefer to slow down the pace, seeing details that are often otherwise missed, and getting a bit of exercise in the process. With 26 miles of roadways within the National Park alone, touring on bicycle is the perfect compromise between driving and traveling on foot. Battlefield tours could range from a half day to two days, depending upon how much ground is covered, how much time is spent stopping and exploring, and of course the physical condition of the riders.
The most popular tours are, of course, through the Battlefields; however, there are a number of additional bike touring options. There are tours of the historically significant farms and buildings, tours into downtown Gettysburg, tours that provide the most exceptional photographic opportunities, and twilight rides that often yield some exceptional sunsets. It should be noted that, out of respect for the deceased, bicycles may not be ridden in the National Cemetery or the Cemetery Annex, as well as the fact that the major roads in town are often heavily trafficked, with bicycles sharing a shoulder of the same roadways that are used by trucks and automobiles.
Click here for information on bicycle riding within the Gettysburg National Military Park.
Click here for maps and directions on a popular historic bicycle route through Gettysburg.
Tour & Rental Providers:
GettysBike Tours (up to 24 mile, 6 1/2 hour tours available)
GettyPeds (Scooters and Electric Bicycles)
Segway Tours of Gettysburg
Gettysburg Bicycle (inexpensive bike rentals for self-guided tours)
Consider a Tour on Horseback:
National Riding Stables (Horseback Battlefield tours)
Horse Tours of Gettysburg (Horseback and Carriage Battlefield tours)