Bike the battlefield

The Murfreesboro Post, March 29, 2011

Stones River National Battlefield will present ranger guided bicycle tours of Stones River National Battlefield at 9 a.m. Saturdays from April 2 through Oct. 29.

Get healthy exercise, reduce your carbon footprint, and learn about the major Civil War battle that occurred here in late 1862 and early 1863.

This program will take visitors through the battlefield using the tour road and the Stones River Greenway. The tour is limited to 15 participants per program.

At several points during the ride, the ranger will stop to discuss the major military actions that affected the outcome of the Battle of Stones River.

Some of the stories included are the fighting in Slaughter Pen, the desperate stand of the Union army along the Nashville Pike, and the terrible climax to the battle that bloodied the banks of the Stones River.

Participants will meet at the visitor center at 8:45 a.m. with their bikes.

Children, ages 16 and under must wear safety helmets, and all other participants are encouraged to wear them as well.

The ride will travel up to five miles and last 90 minutes.

This program is free and part of a series of interpretive programs offered at the battlefield during the year.

Stones River National Battlefield is located on the Old Nashville Highway, northwest of Murfreesboro.

Additional information is available at the visitor center, by calling 615-893-9501 or at the park website.

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