Gettysburg Trail is a 8.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Horses are also able to use this trail.
Gettysburg is so beautiful and educational! The battlefield and all the museums are wonderful.
One of the most historic trails in the country.
Very educational trail! Lots to learn along this historical walk. Very crowded place, depending on when you visit.
There are no words for how amazing this hike is. Historic, beautiful, fun. I could walk it over and over again and learn something new every time.
I've driven the park many times but this was my first hike of the whole park. I'm an intermediate hiker and had an outstanding time, the only real challenge was the length of the hike and elevation on Big Round Top; but overall I'd recommend it. The great thing is that when you hike off the paved trails, you get to see so much more of the history and monuments. Culp's hill was really interesting when you get into the thick of it. The renovation of the park was well done and really added a professional but natural atmosphere. I saw horses on the trail but the riders were very polite, and no issues. Most of the traffic is on the roads, and paved walkways. For the 17 miles I hiked, I only really saw one other group of real hikers.
Heads up: You cannot bring backpacks into the visitors center (disappointing), so make that trip independent of your hike. I went in the summer, and would recommend a good insect repellent (ticks), good sunscreen as many of the areas are cleared and not shaded, and bring lots of water and snacks for extra energy when you need it. Also some trails on the park map just simply aren't there. But there are many good ones that are easy to find that aren't on the map too.
Last thing: check out the basement restaurant of the Dobbin House in town. Great food and unforgettable atmosphere of you like history.
Have been a few times, but one of my favorite trips was in early Fall. Drove part of the loop, and had a great horseback riding tour back through the Confederate side near the site of Pickett's Charge. Saw the Eisenhower farm, rode through forest and across part of the battlefield itself. Quite an experience, truly brought history to life.
Love this area of PA- many great trails and clearly marked paths around the monuments and through the town. Great for a few hours or a few days.
This is a great way to see the battlefield. Can't wait to get back there again with the kids now that they are older.