Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17326


Gettysburg Professional Review and Guide

"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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"The battle of Gettysburg lasted three days, spanned more than 17 square miles, and involved about 160,000 men. To say it’s a sprawling place would be an understatement. To walk to the site of every skirmish, every pitched battle, every troop movement, would take days on end.

It’s why bus tours, self-guided automobile tours, and even horseback tours are so popular. This hike, though, hits several of the most important spots to be explored, all in one afternoon."

"This hike route mostly follows the path of the horse trail through the southern part of the military park. As a result, it tends to see rather little traffic, although it doesn’t pass by as many of the heritage sites as the Billy Yank or Johnny Reb trails."

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Nearby City
597 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
5 to 6 hours
Spring, summer, fall
Gettysburg National Military Park, 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg 17325; (717) 338-1243;
Local Contacts
USGS Gettysburg, PA; Fairfield, PA
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