Can I ride my e-bike in a US National Park?

Everything you need to know about riding electric-powered bicycles on public lands

US National Park sign
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If you’re planning a trip to one of the U.S. national parks you should remember to fully charge your e-bike battery, and also be aware of the rules and regulations regarding e-bike use on federal lands.

The growing popularity of e-bikes means the demand for safe spaces to ride bikes has also increased. U.S. national parks experienced an uptick in use following the COVID-19 pandemic as people emerged from self-induced quarantine to participate in socially distant activities. The trend continued, and with so many hikers, runners, and cyclists vying for space on roads, paths and trails, the National Park Service must balance demand with stewardship and safety for all users.

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Greg has been on and around bikes since his early teens. He got his start when tubulars and freewheels were still a thing, while working at local bike shops, and dabbling in the Philadelphia racing scene. Greg still geeks-out on bikes, cycling gear, apparel, and accessories as much now, as when he first discovered the sport. Greg has been on staff at VeloNews and Bicycling, and also was a contributor at