Touring Guilford Courthouse National Military Park
Step back to 1781 on the battlefield to explore the terrain, forest, and hills that played into Major 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. There are 29 monuments in the park.
If you are looking for a historical interpretation of the battle, check out our Self-Guided Cell Phone Walking Tour through the NPS Mobile App. Your walking tour starts at the Hoskins Farm, provides 38 minutes of audio for a 1.75 mile walk. You will spend about 1.5 hours at the most on this self guided cell phone tour.
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. You must stay on the trails, do not cross through the woods.
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. Parking after hours is available in the lot at the intersection of New Garden and Old Battleground.