PEDAL PUSHERS — Fort Stanwix National Monument will mark the anniversaries of the Erie Canal and Battle of Oriskany with a bicycle tour on Saturday. The event will head off at 10 a.m. from Bellamy Harbor Park off of Mill Street. (Sentinel file photo)

Fort Stanwix to celebrate with bike tour Saturday

Published Aug 11, 2017 at 4:00pm

Fort Stanwix National Monument will offer a bicycle tour Saturday in honor of the 200th anniversary of the Erie Canal and 240th anniversary of the Battle of Oriskany.

This tour will be approximately 12 miles round trip, beginning at Bellamy Harbor Park off Mill Street at 10 a.m. The trip will continue down the Erie Canal Trail before heading to the Oriskany Battlefield State Historic Site. Once there, the ranger will present a program on the battle that changed the balance of power in the Mohawk Valley. The tour will conclude around 2 p.m. back at Bellamy Harbor Park. 

“Now that summer is in full swing, a bike ride is the perfect way to explore some of the local sites and scenes,” said ranger Dan Umstead. “The park is happy to be able to provide this unique experience for visitors interested in these historic anniversaries.”

Participants are encouraged to wear their helmet and bring water, a lunch, bug spray and sunscreen. Due to the terrain and distance, this ride is recommended for those ages 16 and older.

This event is free, but does require a reservation. Call 315-338-7730 to reserve a spot and for more information.

Those that would like to participate in the ride but do not own a bicycle can take advantage of the Rome Bike Share Program available at the Fort Stanwix’s Willett Center station, the Chestnut Street trailhead of the Mohawk River Trail and the Bellamy Harbor Park station.  

For more information on the Rome Bike Share Program and bike station locations visit zagster.com/rome.

The next event taking place at Fort Stanwix National Monument is American Revolutionary Weekend, on Saturday, Aug. 19 and Sunday, Aug. 20. 

A schedule of park events can be found on www.nps.gov/fost. All park events are free.