| This is a two mile long educational
hike through some of the most interesting area of Shiloh National
Military Park. This short, easy, and informative hike is designed especially
for Cub Scouts, Junior Girl Scouts, and other young hikers not old enough
to be eligible for the much longer Shiloh Military Trails (which is 14
miles longer and is for hikers at least 11 years old). The Shiloh
Battlefield Trek is designed to introduce young hikers, their parents,
and group leaders to the historic battlefield of Shiloh and show them
where some of the most fierce fighting occurred. Included on the
route are such famous Shiloh landmarks as the Hornets Nest, Sunken road,
War Cabin, Peach Orchard and Ruggles' Batteries.
|A leader of a group desiring to hike the Shiloh Battlefield
Trek should write to the Shiloh Military Trail Committee several weeks
in advance of the proposed hiking date and request a map for his
group. The hiking information and credential cards can be printed
from the web site. Please order enough maps so each leader may
have one. You will need to print the credential card and copy this
so that each hiking participant has one to complete.
|Use Part A of Unit Application to hike Shiloh Battlefield
Trek to order maps and other printed materials.
|A. First, go to the Park Visitor Center. See
the movie (shown daily every 45 minutes). Visit the Museum and
look up some answers to questions asked (record answers on your
|B. Start the self guided auto battlefield tour -
use park brochure for map. When you reach Hornets Nest Road (just
past U.D.C. Confederate Monument ) turn left and proceed to the center
of the Hornets Nest and park your car there.
|C. No take the Shiloh Battlefield Trek. This
is a figure eight shaped route and you will finish back where you began
after hiking approximately 2 miles.
|D. Then complete the balance of self guided auto
tour of the battlefield. This is not required, but your group
may like to take other short hikes at other stopping points - as from -
Shiloh Church to the Tennessee Monument - the Indian Mounds Trek - and
|A nice picnic area is available in Sowell Field - located
on the west side of Highway #22 about one miles south of the main
entrance to the Park.
|NO WATER is available along the auto tour or trek
route (except at Visitor Center) so canteens may be desirable in
hot weather. Two restaurants (The Back Porch and the Shiloh
Battlefield Cafe) are located near the intersection of Tennessee Highway
@22 and @142 neat the southwest corner of the park.
Souvenirs are available at Ed Shaw's Shop.
|ALL SHILOH MILITARY TRAIL HIKES ARE APPROVED BY B.S.A.
NATIONAL CAMPING SERVICE.
|REQUIREMENTS FOR AWARDS
|1. Read (or listen attentively to it being read)
the story which accompanies the hike directions. It is recommended
that this be read aloud by a leader to a hiking group before, then again
as the hike is made.
|2. Take the self guided automobile tour of the
battlefield as per the National Parks Service map and brochure given out
in the Visitor Center.
|3. Take the entire hike exactly as specified.
|4. Each hiker fills out his own Credential Card as
he make the hikes. Each is to write answers to questions asked on
the Trek Instruction Sheet.
|5. Visit the Shiloh National Military Park Visitor
Center and Museum and while these see the movie "Shiloh - Portrait
Of A Battle".
|6. Abide by all rules of the Shiloh Military Trail
Committee and the National Parks Service at Shiloh National Military
|A. All hikers must be under the supervision
of a responsible adult leader at all times while in Shiloh
National Military Park. Scout groups sho7uld wear
|B. Hike Safely, be especially careful when
hiking along or crossing roads.
|C. Do not leave any litter along the
way. Be a good example for other park visitors. It
is recommended that hikers do a good turn by picking up any
litter observed on the route and placing it in trash cans
located through out the Park.
|D. Be courteous, orderly, and most
cooperative when visiting indoor areas such as the Visitors
Center, Ed Shaw's Restaurants, the Park Book Store, ETC.
|An Attractive Shiloh Battlefield Trek patch, (attached
below) about 3 1/2 inches diameter and fully embroider in for colors, is
available. Also a small blue and gold lapel pin (about 1/2"
diameter) or similar charm bracelet pendant is available.
|Purchase of any trek awards is optional.