Underground Railroad Bicycle Route

Underground Railroad Bicycle Route through DetroitThe Detroit Greenways Coalition worked with Adventure Cycling and many regional historians on a bicycle route that connects Underground Railroad historic sites.

The initial Underground Railroad Bicycle Route began in Mobile, Alabama, headed north to Ohio, then took an unfortunate turn east to enter Ontario via Buffalo. Now there’s a Detroit Alternative route. Once in Ohio, the Alternative route goes west through Adrian, Ann Arbor, Downriver and Detroit. As there is no current bicycling connection between Detroit and Windsor, the route continues north to the ferry service in Marine City.

Maps for the entire route can be purchased from Adventure Cycling.

Gateway to Freedom statueA Local Route

Not everyone has the time or stamina to ride from Mobile, Alabama, so we developed a local option. This is a 13-mile route that is entirely within the city of Detroit and connects nearly all of the historic Underground Railroad sites.

We have partnered with Wheelhouse Detroit to offer guided tours on this route. We plan on eventually developing a self-guided tour brochure.

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