Step back to 1781 on the battlefield to explore the terrain, forest, and hills that played into Maj General Greene’s defense in depth strategy against the British forces. Visitors can tour the battlefield by foot, car, or bicycle. Please read the following options and follow the rules for touring the battlefield to protect this resource and yourself. You will want to pick up a map of the park from the Visitors Center before starting your tour.
Visitors can explore the park by foot on the footpaths, Historic New Garden Road, or the Tour Road, with plenty of historic learning opportunities! Pick up a map at the Visitors Center first! Remember, you are in a National Park and may encounter wildlife on your journey. Never feed or approach any of the wildlife and report any unusual animal behavior to park staff (336) 288-1776 or Guilford County Animal Control at (336) 641-5990.
Footpaths and Historic New Garden Road
The footpaths are marked on the park map by dots, and run adjacent to the tour road. Historic New Garden Road is marked by the white path with black dots. No bikes or vehicles are permitted on these paths, so expect to enjoy quiet solitude along the battlefield. The paths may be uneven in certain locations, and you can expect to walk up and down small, medium, and large hills.
If you are looking for historical interpretation of the battle, you can follow the historic tracks of the cannons down Historic New Garden Road with a Cell Phone Audio Tour hosted by NPS Tours by OnCell. If you do not have a smartphone or do not wish to download the app, come to the Visitors Center for a map that will guide you to the stops and provide the phone number to begin the tour. The phone numbers are also on the cell phone signs. There are 7 stops with approximately 2.5 to 3 minutes of audio at each stop. Hearing-impaired visitors who would like to expereince the OnCell tour can ask for a written copy at the front desk in the Visitor Center.
As you walk around the battlefield you will see 29 monuments, including the Maj. General Nathanael Greene monument at Stop 8. Several monuments are marked on the park map, and you can pick up a Monuments and Memorials brochure at the Visitors Center too.
The Tour Road is a paved road that loops the battlefield and is 2.25 miles long. Pedestrians walk on the left side of the road, cars and bicycles drive on the right in a one way motion. The Tour Road has 8 stops with one or more interpretive exhibit panels at each stop, as well as monuments to help you learn about the battle. You can venture off the Tour Road onto the footpaths to explore the interior of the battlefield.