About The Underground Railroad Ride

Historical Bike Ride Along the Underground Railroad

In Sept. 2023 participants embarked on an inaugural round-trip ride of the Underground Railroad between Tabor and Lewis. Join us Sept. 2024 as participants will ride 68 miles, tour the Todd House (Tabor, IA) and the newly renovated Hitchcock House (Lewis, IA), and engage in meaningful learning and discussion opportunities throughout the weekend. Participants will arrive Friday afternoon to explore and celebrate Tabor and ride Saturday to Cold Springs and Sunday return by bus to Tabor. Red Oak, IA will share its history as the highlighted mid-route stop. SAG support will be available throughout the day.


When: Friday September 13th – Sunday September 15th, 2024
Route: Tabor, IA to Lewis, IA (Camp in Cold Springs, IA)

Participants will be bussed back to Tabor Sunday morning.

Miles: 68

The Iowa Underground Railroad Bike Ride is a two-and-a-half-day event that takes participants on a journey through the history of the Underground Railroad in Iowa. Riders will come to Tabor Friday afternoon for town tours of the Todd House and key landmarks. The bike-ride starts on Saturday in the town of Tabor and ends the day in Lewis. Riders will experience Red Oak and stop for resources in other towns along the route.

 Iowa Underground Railroad Bike Ride is a unique and engaging way to explore the history of the Underground Railroad in Iowa and to recognize the journey to actively resist unjust practices. Join us as we celebrate courage, resilience, community, reflection, and growth.

The ride is organized by the National Association of Social Workers- Iowa Chapter, Iowa Bicycle Coalition, and other dedicated volunteers.