Bike-with-a-Ranger 2013 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.
June 11 & 25, July 9 & 23, August 12 & 27
Explore the Wright-Dunbar Neighborhood including Paul Laurence Dunbar State Memorial.
No pre-registration required! All weekday rides start at the NPS visitor center at
Hawthorn Hill Tour
June 2, July 14
Visit the post-1914 home of Orville, Milton, and Katherine Wright. Learn about life with the Wright family, and Orville's guests and experiences in this historic home. This ride features some moderate hills so make sure your bicycle can shift gears with ease.
Paul Laurence Dunbar Tour
June 15, July 6, August 18
See the final home of the famous poet and author Paul Laurence Dunbar. Take a tour of the house that Paul and his mother Matilda called home before his death in 1906. Hear poetry written by Paul and ride with a ranger to visit the grave of Paul's father, Joshua Dunbar.
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Tour
June 30, August 10 & 24
Explore the Huffman Prairie, where the world's first practical airplane was invented. See historic structures at Wright-Patterson Air Force base including the Hap Arnold House and a World War II German P.O.W. mural.
Other Important Information:
- All participants must register at least seven days prior for weekend tours
- Please register by calling937-225-7705 and ask for Ryan.
- Plan on arriving fifteen 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 Flying Field 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.
- Call 937-225-7705 for the latest information or to schedule a group tour.
Did You Know?
The Dunbar House in Dayton, Ohio, was purchased by Paul for his mother in 1903. On July 23, 1936, the Dunbar House became the first state memorial to honor an African American.