Bike With A Ranger

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. Scroll down to review this season's tour schedule.

Bicyclists on their bikes overlooking the river
Bike with a Ranger bicyclists take a break near a river overlook in Dayton.

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Bike with a Ranger Touring Schedule

** The 2017 Bike with a Ranger season has ended. Please check back here in the spring for the 2018 tours destinations, dates and times **

The list below was the tours for the 2017 season and do not necessarily mean that they will return next year. Thanks to all who participated and made 2017 another great biking year!

  • Paul Laurence Dunbar Tour - 4 Miles
    Ride the Wolf Creek Trail to the final home of poet and author Paul Laurence Dunbar. See exhibits on Paul’s life and tour the home Paul lived in with his mother Matilda until his death in 1906. This ride is a great way to get comfortable with bicycling.
  • Hawthorne Hill Tour - 8 miles
    Visit the post-1914 home of Orville, Milton, and Katharine 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.
  • Wright State Archive Tour - 10 miles
    Bike the Huffman Prairie Trail and take a behind the scenes tour of Wright State University’s Special Collections and Archives Center. Learn about the work that goes into preserving and providing access to primary sources for teaching, learning, and research. See items from the Wright Brothers Collection and explore exhibits relating to flight.

Important Information regarding bike tours:

  • To register for a tour, email us or call us with your full name and contact information.
  • All participants must register 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 as it is located on an active military installation. You can call the park if you have questions regarding tour status.
  • Participants are required to bring their own bicycles and personal gear, including snacks or lunch.
  • Proper wear of helmets is required.
  • Bicycles should be in good operating condition and are subject to safety inspections.

Last updated: September 8, 2017

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