Gettysburg

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17326

Gettysburg

Gettysburg Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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 Through History Pennsylvania (Falcon Guides)
Bob Frye
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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." Read more
60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Harrisburg (Menasha Ridge Press)
Matt Willen
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"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." Read more

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6/19/2018
Any trip to eastern Pennsylvania should include a visit to Gettysburg. The self-guided auto tour is a great way to take in the overall sights of the park, though it’s not the only way to see the park. I suggest picking up a park map when you arrive and then driving the full tour route, making notes of points of interest along the way that you want to explore further. Then go back to those spots after you have driven the full tour route. Also check the park’s website (before going to see what kinds of rangers programs might be available while you are there. They offer quite a few programs (depending on season), and they provide a great way to gain unique insights about various aspects of the park and the history of the area.
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3/6/2018
We took this drive in July of 2016. It was really interesting and informative. We got out of the car and walked around several times. The only downside was the intense July heat, followed by a flash thunderstorm/rain episode. I am not sure really young kids would really enjoy this very much, it may seem somewhat boring to them :)
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8/14/2009
We enjoyed this ride a lot because of the beautiful scenery and history. Had to maneuver with the cars through the sites, but it was workable.
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6/12/2008
Do not rely solely on the map or directions in this guide. Make sure you have a current map of Gettysburg with you. There is a new visitors center and the directions in the guide are from the old center. The directions are also going agaist traffic thru the battlefield area and this may be a problem. We followed the directions in reverse with no trouble. Be ready to ride thru quite a bit of traffic in the city section if you go during tourist season. On the positive side it is a very nice ride, easily completed in a leisurely 4 hours. I've been through Gettysburg many times and was able to see things I've never seen before. Very historic an nice scenery
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1/28/2008
This is a beautiful ride with an unbelievable history to be learned along the way. The roads are in excellent shape and the traffic is at a slow pace.
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10/8/2007
Went with a group of beginner bicyclist. We had no trouble at all. It just so happened that the weekend we went was a temperature breaking weekend but there are many places to refill water bottles. We enjoyed tremendously. Our group did benefit from one of our own being a Gettysburg buff so much of the history was narrated to the rest of the group. Seeing Gettysburg on bike is the way to do it.
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8/7/2006
It was a hot day, but there are trees at points on the trail to cool down. You have to contend with many cars so keep your eyes on the road, which is hard sometimes given the many monuments to see. Was off the bike often, so leave at least 3 hours for the tour.
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3/16/2006
I biked Gettysburg National Park and it was a good experience. The roads are in good condition - all paved and wide enough for cars and bikes (no bike paths). The traffic is slow b/c it is a park and people are going from monument to monument so generally no one flying by you at 60 mph. The terrain in and around the park is mostly flat with some moderate hills - except for Big Round top - that was tough climb! Gettysburg is a great little town with lots of restaurants and cute shops.
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Trail Information

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