Thing to Do

Bike on the Tour Road

Ten men and boy cyclists pose with their road bikes, wearing helmets and smiling
Bike on the Tour Road to explore the park!

NPS Photo / Ranger Abbey


Cyclists can ride on the Tour Road to explore the battle's history. You will be challenged by the similar hills that British soldiers traversed to fight the American soldiers. From the tour road you will see many monuments dedicated to the men who fought at the Battle of Guilford Courthouse, as well as scenic views of the now peaceful forest. Be aware of deer, pedestrians, and cars! 

Please follow these safety points while riding your bike:

  • Only ride on the right side of the road with cars. The left side is reserved for pedestrians, you must yield to them. E-bikes are allowed on roads, parking areas, and trails that are open to traditional bicycles. 

  • The tour road is one way only.

  • Travel below the posted 20 mph speed limit.

  • Protect yourself and wear your helmet. Call 911 for accidents.

Be careful and look both ways at the intersections on Old Battleground and New Garden Roads.

Bicycle Helmet Law

On 10/1/2001, the CHILD BICYCLE SAFETY ACT went into effect as enacted by the North Carolina General Assembly. Here is what it means to you and your child:

  • All children below the age of 16 must wear a protective bicycle helmet that fits well and is fastened securely to the child's head using the straps of the helmet while they are operating a bicycle.

  • This law also applies to children under the age of 16 who are passengers on bicycles being operated by another person. This does not apply to tricycles.
  • This requirement applies to all public roadways, public bicycle paths, or other public maintained right-of-ways.
  • Any parent/guardian found responsible for violation of the Child Helmet Safety Law may be ordered to pay a civil fine of up to ten dollars ($10).
 

Hours of Operation

The Park Gates close at 5:00PM which includes the Visitor Center Parking Lot, Tour Road, and Hoskins Farm. Cars left in the parking lots and spaces on the Tour Road after 5:00PM will be subject to a fine. Biking is permitted on the roads after hours. Parking after hours is available in the lot at the intersection of New Garden and Old Battleground.

 

 

Details
The Tour Road is 2.25 miles long, looping around the park. You will begin in the Visitor Center parking lot, cross Old Battleground Road and continue through the park until you loop towards Old Battleground Road and New Garden Road. 
 
Cyclists can be any age, however it is strongly encouraged that children 16 and under do not ride alone. 
Do not attach your dog to your bicycle and force them to run alongside. This park has large hills, and this activity will lead to an injury for you or your dog. 
This park is free. 
The Battlefield Tour Road gates open at 8:30AM and close at 5:00PM. All vehicles must be removed from the Visitor Center parking lot and from Tour Road at 5:00PM or may face a ticket or fine. 
 
Accessibility Information
Bicycles must adhere to the 20 mile per hour restrictions.
The Tour road is a paved vehicle road that is 2.25 miles long and 25 feet wide.
There are steep inclines in the road from Tour Stop 5 to Tour Stop 7 that may present a challenge to less experienced cyclists. 
Pedestrians tend to walk on all sides of the road, please watch out for unsuspecting walkers. 

Guilford Courthouse National Military Park

Last updated: April 12, 2021