Riding Along Battle Trails

Kerry Kraus

Do you have a motorcycle?  Are looking for new places to explore? Then we’ve got a project for you that’s perfect now that the weather is warming up. In honor of  the commemoration of the Sesquicentennial observance of the Civil War which began in January, the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism has produced Let’s Ridge the Civil War Trail,”  a four-color brochure and patch just for motorcyclists.

The brochure covers eight Civil War battles in the state that have been designated as an Arkansas Heritage Trail. These are Prairie Grove, Pea Ridge, the Little Rock Campaign, the Attack on Pine Bluff, the Confederate Approach to Helena, the Camden Expedition, Price’s Raid, and Ozark to the Battle of Fayetteville. The actual routes taken by troops are highlighted in the publication.

The first 1,000 motorcyclists to travel the eight campaigns receive a complimentary “I Rode the Civil War Trail Arkansas” patch. Participants are to send photos accompanied by a brief description to grouptravel@arkansas.com upon completion of all eight rides. Brochures are downloadable. They are also available by e-mailing info@arkansas.com can be picked up at one of the 13 Arkansas Welcome Centers located at strategic entry points into the state.

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