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    Dayton Aviation Heritage

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Bicycling Information

Dayton Aviation bike-with-a-ranger

Bike-with-a-ranger tour group enjoying a visit to Huffman Prairie.

Bike-with-a-Ranger 2014 Tours

Explore Dayton's national park on a ranger guided bicycle tour -a mode of transportation connected with the Wright brothers. Hear stories about the people and places that helped to make Dayton the birthplace of aviation. Visit the homes of Orville Wright and Paul Laurence Dunbar or learn about the history of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Hawthorn Hill Tour

8 miles

10:00 a.m. – noon

August 17

Visit the post-1914 home of Orville, Milton, and Katherine Wright. Learn about life with the Wright family, and Orville's experiences in this historic home. This ride features some moderate hills so make sure your bicycle can shift gears.

Paul Laurence Dunbar Tour

10 miles

10:00 a.m. – noon

August 10

Tour the final home of the famous poet and author Paul Laurence Dunbar, where Paul lived with his mother Matilda until his death in 1906. Explore the Wolf Creek Trail and sections of the Great Miami River Trail.

Huffman Prairie/Mad River Tour

4 miles

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

August 31

The ride will start out from the Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center along the Huffman Prairie Trail (parking/restrooms available) to Deed's Point and McCook Field and back along the Mad River Trail. This 14 mile round trip will also include a stop for a picnic, so make sure to pack a lunch!

Other Important Information:

- To register for a tour contact us at 937-225-7705 or email at ryan_qualls@nps.gov

- All participants must register at least seven days prior to the start of each tour.

- Plan on arriving twenty minutes before each tour start for sign-in and orientation.

- Riders should be in good physical condition and feel comfortable shifting gears.

- Inclement weather may cause tour cancellation. Huffman Prairie may close

without prior notice because it is located on an active military installation.

- Participants are required to bring their own bicycles and personal gear, including

snacks or lunch.

- Proper wear of helmets is required. Please do not feed the rangers. :-)

- Bicycles should be in good operating condition and are subject to safety inspections.

Did You Know?

Orville, Katharine, President Taft, and Wilbur Wright at the White House, 1909.

Orville, Katharine, and Wilbur Wright travel to Washington, D.C. in 1909 at the request of President William Howard Taft. The Wright brothers were presented with the Aero Club of America medal at a White House ceremony.