Gettysburg

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

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When you’ve finished this hike, you’ll have a comprehensive idea of what took place July 1 through July 3, 1863, at the Battle of Gettysburg, when more than 150,000 troops clashed on the rolling hills surrounding this small Pennsylvania town. Considered by most historians to be the turning point of the American Civil War, it was also one of the bloodiest conflicts in modern warfare. Just like the auto and bus tours, this hike visits the important battle sites and monuments; however, the hike leads away from the paved roads and monuments and onto the battlefields. Hikers get a firsthand experience of what it was like for Confederate soldiers to charge through an open field with bullets whizzing by. Let your imagination take over as you position yourself behind a boulder on Little Round Top or walk along a line of cannons.
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Hiking Pennsylvania

by John L. Young (Falcon Guides)

When you’ve finished this hike, you’ll have a comprehensive idea of what took place July 1 through July 3, 1863, at the Battle of Gettysburg, when more than 150,000 troops clashed on the rolling hills surrounding this small Pennsylvania town. Considered by most historians to be the turning point of the American Civil War, it was also one of the bloodiest conflicts in modern warfare.

Just like the auto and bus tours, this hike visits the important battle sites and monuments; however, the hike leads away from the paved roads and monuments and onto the battlefields. Hikers get a firsthand experience of what it was like for Confederate soldiers to charge through an open field with bullets whizzing by. Let your imagination take over as you position yourself behind a boulder on Little Round Top or walk along a line of cannons.

© 2015 John L. Young/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Gettysburg
Distance: 9.1
Elevation Gain: 597 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 5 to 6 hours
Season: Spring, summer, fall
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Gettysburg National Military Park, 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg 17325; (717) 338-1243; www.gettysburgfoundation.org
Local Maps: USGS Gettysburg, PA; Fairfield, PA
Driving Directions: Directions to Gettysburg

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