EDITORIAL REVIEW: "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
Route 8 (Culp's Hill Double Loop) features a 5.5-mile historic ride through the Culp's Hill Area. Route 8 adds to Routes 6 & 7 a spectacular ride down Confederate positions on the east slope of Culp's Hill (East Confederate Avenue). You will climb to the summit and enjoy the ride down to Stevens' Knoll in the saddle between East Cemetery Hill and Culp's Hill. With time for rest and stops to enjoy the monumented landscape, most bicyclists will complete this route in about 2-3 hours.
Route 8 Companion Map 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 Route 8 navigation). 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: If you own the Route 8 map, which is a "double loop" that combines Routes 6 & 7, you do not need the Route 6 & 7 map for navigation purposes. However, you might enjoy the different photographs.
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) | 15 pages
| 6" x 9"
| September 1, 2018