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Old 10-30-2013, 10:28 AM   #1
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Biking around the fort

Newbies to the Fort here.

We're too cheap to rent golf carts, so we plan on hoofing it around the fort on our bikes. Are there places to lock your bikes around the restaurants/pools/boat launch/etc? Or do people lock them around trees and stuff?
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Old 10-30-2013, 10:42 AM   #2
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We always use the bikes (and trailers) to get around not only the fort, but almost everywhere we go camping. It is sensible if you can ride a bike. (Not Cheap by any means)
There are bike racks at most all the venues at the fort--never had a problem with parking the bikes around and leaving them (unlocked even!) in a designated parking area. Would not lock them to a tree or other non designated place.
I really like when we ride them down to the boat dock and when coming back from a long day we can cruise back to the campsite and not walk so far!
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We are bringing our bikes this Christmas. We usually just walk everywhere, or catch a bus if there is one handy, but, we've gotten back into bikes and thought it would be fun.
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Old 10-30-2013, 11:56 AM   #4
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There are bike racks at most all the venues at the fort--never had a problem with parking the bikes around and leaving them (unlocked even!) in a designated parking area.
Ah, this is exactly what I wanted to know. Thank you!

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I really like when we ride them down to the boat dock and when coming back from a long day we can cruise back to the campsite and not walk so far!
I'm hoping that bikes will work out for us too.
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Old 10-30-2013, 11:58 AM   #5
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We are bringing our bikes this Christmas. We usually just walk everywhere, or catch a bus if there is one handy, but, we've gotten back into bikes and thought it would be fun.
Come back and let us know how the bikes worked out for you guys!
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We always use the bikes (and trailers) to get around not only the fort, but almost everywhere we go camping. It is sensible if you can ride a bike. (Not Cheap by any means)
There are bike racks at most all the venues at the fort--never had a problem with parking the bikes around and leaving them (unlocked even!) in a designated parking area. Would not lock them to a tree or other non designated place.
I really like when we ride them down to the boat dock and when coming back from a long day we can cruise back to the campsite and not walk so far!
Ditto this! We don't generally lock going into the stores/arcade/pool/etc. But we do lock if we've ridden to catch a bus or boat to the parks since we're away longer. I guess that makes no sense since a thief doesn't know how long you've bene gone, but that's what we do.

And just biking around looping is fun to do too. If you don't have a basket or milk crate or something, you may want to get one or bring a backpack so you can carry stuff around like pool towels, treats from the store, etc.
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Talking bikes, is there a bike trail or a trail that you can use between the campgrounds and Wilderness Lodge? We are planning this summer to have Dinner there one night and would like to just hop on the bikes.
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And just biking around looping is fun to do too. If you don't have a basket or milk crate or something, you may want to get one or bring a backpack so you can carry stuff around like pool towels, treats from the store, etc.
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Talking bikes, is there a bike trail or a trail that you can use between the campgrounds and Wilderness Lodge? We are planning this summer to have Dinner there one night and would like to just hop on the bikes.
Yes, I understand that there is a trail from FW to WL. Can't verify this personally, but that's what I read.
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Talking bikes, is there a bike trail or a trail that you can use between the campgrounds and Wilderness Lodge? We are planning this summer to have Dinner there one night and would like to just hop on the bikes.
Yes, there is a trail that goes between FW and WL. We ride our bikes on it everytime we stay at the Fort. Lots of deer to see as well. Have fun.
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Yes, there is a trail that goes between FW and WL. We ride our bikes on it everytime we stay at the Fort. Lots of deer to see as well. Have fun.
True. It is about a mile depending on your starting point at the Fort. And there are bike racks over at WL to park at as well
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Can you do the trail from FW to WL in a golf cart? Is it allowd?
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Old 10-31-2013, 06:09 AM   #12
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Can you do the trail from FW to WL in a golf cart? Is it allowd?
Sadly, NO. The WDW POPO frown on this.
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If you think you might be riding your bikes after dark, you may want to get lights. The walkways can be pretty dark, and it lets the golf carts see you. We use bikes when we are there in January, It is a great way to get around and enjoy the Fort. Have fun.
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Old 10-31-2013, 03:01 PM   #14
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If you think you might be riding your bikes after dark, you may want to get lights. The walkways can be pretty dark, and it lets the golf carts see you. We use bikes when we are there in January, It is a great way to get around and enjoy the Fort. Have fun.
I was wondering about this. Thank you so much for the hint!
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Old 10-31-2013, 05:47 PM   #15
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Have been riding bikes at the fort for yeeeeeears, I have never locked them up, even if we are going to a park or something. I do highly recommend front lights for your bikes
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