Cahawba plans fall bike tour
It’s not often that you see the letters B.Y.O.B. attached to a wholesome, family event. However, Saturday’s Bring Your Own Bike tour through Old Cahawba is an event people of all ages can enjoy.
The tour, which will be led by Jonathan Matthews, will take place from 10 a.m. to noon and is one of two tours held each year.
Exploring the park on a bike, Matthews said, is a great way to cover lots of ground and learn something new. Many times, he said, people tour the area on their own and might miss out on key information.
“It’s a great way to explore Cahawba,” he said. “The idea came about by watching people come into the park and not always stop by the visitor center. Those people, while they can explore the park and read the interpretive signs, there is still a lot of history they might not get.”
The tours, which are $4 for adults and $2 for 18 and under, will take riders on and off roads to visit areas with interesting stories. The weather, Matthews said, is expected to be sunny and clear, which could boost attendance.
Riders don’t have to be avid bikers to enjoy the tour, Matthews said. People of all skill levels will be able to maneuver the terrain of Old Cahawba. The tour includes a six-mile ride, so riders are encouraged to check their bikes for necessary maintenance and wear comfortable clothing. There has been anywhere from 15 to 20 riders in the four previous tours, Matthews said.
The focus of the tour, Matthews said, is to teach people something about Old Cahawba they might not have known before.
“Hopefully, I can shed light on some of Cahawba’s history that they might not be familiar with,” he said. “Everyone knows it was the first state capital, but that is just a small part of the area’s history.”
Pre-registration is not necessary.