Route 6 is a quick warm-up loop that will take about 45 minutes; it covers the western slope of Culp's Hill. In all likelihood, you will not want this to be your only ride for the day, but if can only do one loop through Culp's Hill, consider Route 7 instead. Route 7 is mostly uphill and stepp, but it offers a thrilling downhill ride from the summit of Culp's Hill. Plan for 1-2 hours, including stops and breaks.
The Route 6 & 7 Companion Maps file makes bicycle navigation easy and is a highly recommended supplement to the guidebook, Bicycling Gettysburg National Military Park: The Cyclist's Civil War Travel Guide. (The book provides only a brief overview of navigating Routes 6 & 7). Although the PDF map set is useful without the guidebook, the maps provide cross-references to the book's monument histories and rely on the book to summarize not only the historical narrative, but tips on bicycling gear, lodging, parking, restrooms, water, shade, picnic tables, and health and safety tips specific to bicycling Gettysburg National Military Park.
Note: The Route 8 map is a "double loop" that combines Routes 6 & 7, but also adds a spectacular tree-lined ride down Confederate positions on the eastern slope of Culp's Hill (on East Confederate Avenue). If you want only one route through Culp's Hill, Route 8 is recommended, and the only reason to purchase Routes 6 & 7 is to enjoy its "bonus" images.
Personal Note from the Author
For more than thirty years, and over many dozens of visits, I toured Gettysburg National Military Park by bus, car, and foot. In 2012, I toured the battlefield on a bicycle for the first time. The experience of learning American history while exploring park land on a bicycle is hard to describe, but if I had to pick one word, it would be “exhilarating.” And yet it took four years to work out the kinks in my self-directed, solo tours. I was frustrated by one-way roads, incomplete or inaccurate maps, and not knowing how best to avoid town traffic. Eventually, I learned what equipment to pack, what clothes to wear, and where to find convenient access to water, portable toilets, and shade for picnics. It was also challenging to know how best to sequence my visitation of which monuments and within what general timeframe.
I created my own maps (and guidebook) because I could not find any maps that met the needs of a bicycling historian. I hope that these maps help you to avoid the mistakes that I had made and that you can enjoy every minute of your battlefield tour. ~Sue Thibodeau
Digital (PDF) | 19 pages
| 6" x 9"
| September 1, 2018