Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park and Outdoor Chattanooga Bicycle Ride to Moccasin Bend National Archeological District (May & June 2013)
Contact: Kim Coons, 423-752-5213 x139
Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia: Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park and Outdoor Chattanooga have extended their partnership to include free monthly guided historical bicycle rides to Moccasin Bend National Archeological District. The monthly bike rides for May and June will take place on Thursday, May 9 and Thursday, June 13 and will begin at 6 p.m.
The public is invited to bring their bicycles and join in this leisurely-paced historical ride, which will take approximately two hours. National Park Service interpretive rangers will talk about the history of Moccasin Bend and future plans for the site, while Outdoor Chattanooga staff and volunteers provide ride leadership and support.
While participants are encouraged to bring their own bicycles, a limited number of loaner bicycles from the Outdoor Chattanooga Mobile Bicycle Fleet will be available for riders five feet tall and over at no charge, thanks to sponsorship from the Friends of the Park and the Chattanooga Bicycle Club. Reservations for bicycles are required by calling Outdoor Chattanooga at (423) 643-6888.
The tour will begin at Outdoor Chattanooga, located in Coolidge Park, at the base of the Walnut Street Bridge, 200 River Street. Ride length is approximately five miles on flat to moderately hilly terrain. The rides are appropriate for adults and children ages eight and older when accompanied by an adult. All participants are encouraged to wear helmets, but helmets are required for those participants 16 and under.
Did You Know?
Captain Eli Lilly commanded a battery of artillery that saw heavy and successful action during the Battle of Chickamauga. Following the Civil War, Lilly, a pharmaceutical chemist, founded Eli Lilly and Company, a company which today is one of the largest in the world.