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The Billy Yank Trail is a 10.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 10.3 mi Elevation gain 816 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

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Partially paved

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Getting There

This trail was set up by the local Boy Scouts of America Council and is meant to be a historical experience. Booklets are available in the visitor's center for about $2. The booklet contains historic information, directions and spaces for information that can be filled in at each stop, for scouts who wish to earn the patches and medal that go with the trail system. Unfortunately, while the booklet holds directions it does not offer a map of the trails. This trail goes along with the Johny Reb Trail, Eisenhower Farm, Gettysburg Guided Tour, and the Visitors Center.

Parking lots at the Gettysburg Museum and Visitor Center. Lots 1 and 2 are closest to the building with handicapped spaces available. The main entrance is from the Baltimore Pike, Rt. 97.

717-334-1124 Visitor Information: 717-334-1124, extension 8023. Gettysburg National Military Park 1195 Baltimore Pike, Suite 100 Gettysburg, PA 17325-2804

BY AUTOMOBILE Gettysburg National Military Park is located in Adams County, Pennsylvania. The museum and visitor center is located at 1195 Baltimore Pike (Route 97) with a back entrance from the Taneytown Road (State Rt. 134). From North or South, follow US 15 to Gettysburg and watch for signs to direct you to the National Park Service Museum and Visitor Center. The signs are near the exit at Rt. 97. Go north on Route 97 and look for the visitor center entrance, which will be on your left at the stoplight. From East or West, drive into Gettysburg on US Rt. 30, turn South on Baltimore Street (Rt. 97), and follow signs to the entrance of the visitor center, which will be on your right at the stoplight.

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Pete Zornosa
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Hiking

Not really much of a trail. Lots of following a road.

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Maddie Lowe
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HikingBugs

Careful while walking in tall grass. Got 6 ticks. Otherwise beautiful hike with loads of history

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Thomas Moore
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absolutely fantastic way to spend four hours, but I pulled 12 ticks from myself, 2 from the wife, and we stopped counting at 40 from the dog... the drivers enjoying the audio tour could've been more considerate of those walking the trails as well. still five stars and recommend everyone walk this at least once in their lifetime

Galen Sheffield
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Hiking

Lots of pavement, good sights. The final leg of it from the Virginia monument to the union side is a haul thru a pasture. Pulled ticks off of us. Took us 3.5 hours and did lunch and Roundtop

cwheeles .
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Hiking

Did this trail with my boyfriend and a friend. We took 20-25lbs backpacks to prepare for a backpacking trip. It’s a long trail, but easily doable. It takes you around most of the major monuments and there’s not a ton of hills to get over. My only warning would be watch out for the sun. A lot of this trail is through open fields, which can be hard on a hot day. Be sure to bring plenty of cold water and sunscreen!

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Kurt L.
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Courtney Tate Lane
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Hiking

Great trail, doesn’t always follow the marked hiking trails. You’ll walk the road, cut through the field, zip through some tree lines and end at the visitors center where you started.

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Shawn Faunce
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Hiking

hardly a soul out

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Dan A
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Completed a modified version of the trail with a Boy Scout Troop. We began at McMillan Camp ground. We cut through the field by the Virginia monument, which essentially covers Pickett’s Charge. We went up to the Pennsylvania memorial. The memorial has a observation area on the top. We cut back through the field rather than follow around on Confederate Avenue. It was good for the tired boys, but we did miss seeing the round tops. Overall, beautiful hike. Low elevation makes it good for young or older hikers.

Dennis Brooks
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Hiking

Great walk... this version doesn't exactly follow the boy Scout's heritage trail from their booklet... misses Devil's Den and Slyder house

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Deb Griffith
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Hiking

I went on a Wednesday afternoon. It wasn’t deserted but I’ve not seen less people there. Despite bug spray I had ticks on me. There were cars, buses, and motorcycles but I didn’t see another walker. Overall it was the best Wednesday afternoon in a really long time.

Gary Degen
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Hiking

If you like the battle and want to get a glimpse of a Northern soldier’s life at Gettysburg. I suggest going a day early and seeing the movie, the cyclorama and the museum at the Visitors Center first! I hiked on July 1, the historical first day of the battle. 80 and sunny at 8 am. Pack lots of water, sunblock, snacks, and a hat. No real bug issue. I took hiking poles. And use the bathrooms before you venture out. Start at 8 am from the Visitor Center. You have to buy the hiking guide for the trail at the bookstore for about $3. The hike is actually part of two Boy Scout merit badges, so the booklet is a nice addition to your hike. Informative and imaginative. The climb at Big Round Top is moderate and really gives you an idea of how hard the fight was in the hills. Enjoy this area. Devils Den and Little Round Top are awesome. Stop at “The Angle” after crossing Pickett’s Charge and enjoy your final walk home. Make sure to look out for the many smaller monuments away from the well-known ones. They are artistically spectacular and moving. I saved the “ Johnny Reb” hike for my next trip there. This hike is the second merit badge. You could save that hike for the afternoon, same day. Just awesome.

Shawn Faunce
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Hiking

wonderful. recommend doing this trail when it is cool because their is little shade

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Brandon Adams
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Hiking

Great hike very informative however if your following the book from the visitor center this map is not entirely correct.

Dave Oshman
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Walking

If you like history, this is a fine hike. If you prefer hiking in the woods rather than spending 70% of a day on asphalt, don’t bother with this. Gettysburg is what it is. The hike up to Big Roundtop was the highlight. The diesel fumes from the tour buses was the low point. Thanks to this app, at least we didn’t get lost.

Corey Russin
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Hiking

A lot of history. Very nice trail. We did this with a Boyscout troop. As part of earning the Gettysburg patch set.

Sandy Hunter
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Hiking

A good, long walk through the battlefield. I used the map on my AllTrails app to supplement the trail guide, and missed a few things. My favorite parts were following Pickett's Charge across the field to Cemetery Ridge, and of course, Little Round Top. The section along Confederate Ave was quieter and less crowded than the other parts of the walk. .

Christian Piatt
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Lots of history. Easy walking.

Aislinn Duke
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Walking

I didn't follow this trail exactly but did a very close version of it. Trail is very easy to follow (paved a lot of the time) and has great history and views of the battlefield. Really enjoyed this hike and would recommended it to anyone who enjoys history and easy walks!

Richard Apgar
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Hiking

did the trail in July with the boyscouts the boy scout pamphlet got is lost after little round top bring lots off water nice hike

Michael Clark
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Hiking

This is a long fun hike with a great history to it. I did it with my son's scout troop as the 2nd to last part of their Gettysburg Badge. It was a full day hike and moderately challenging for them on average. But they were all generally 'done' by the end. We had lunch on top of Big Round Top which is optional and VERY challenging for some of them. Tough to know how much they listened or appreciated each lesson talk but I thought at the end, during Picket's Charge, they followed along. Not only does it walk you through a significant part of the battle but it walks you through both side of the conflict giving you a perfect view of what the soldiers saw. For me, the most amazing view was standing in the middle of Pickets Charge and looking at how far Little Round Top was knowing that cannons would be firing from THAT far away! The only real issue was following the directions. Since the BSA does not publish any map, you rely solely on the written directions. And the directions have some inaccuracies and are not always clear. The unclear aspect is a mix of ambiguous description and unmarked references. We were overall accurate, with some backtracking, but we missed a section for Rose Farm and Devil's Den without realizing it until we went too far. To paraphrase an example: After the path to the Vermont Regiment Monument and turn right at the path. Follow the path along the stone wall..... What I saw was we are on a paved road (to me a path does not have cars), then the 'path' curves right, you go a couple hundred yards, curves left and you see it curving right up ahead. But at that point you see a dirt path with walls on each side. We all assumed that the turn was immediately at the monument. The directions are not the end of the world, especially if you are a little flexible on the path or can just figure out the directions. So if you choose this for a Troop, I have some recommendations: 1) Internet research - Ok, this is sketchy, I could only find 1 map online. But that map at least gave me an idea of what the trail was. 2) Get a Map with some details: All we had was a map of the Audio Tour from the Visitors Center but it gave just enough references to help us figure out parts we were lost on. If you have details of all the sites on the trail, you'll be fine. 3) READ AHEAD! - Knowing the next section sometimes helped a LOT to figure out the current section. So overall, great trail. Just do your homework so you spend time enjoying the hike and not a lot trying to understand lackluster directions.

Mike C
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This is a great trail for anyone who wants to pick up some history while getting some exercise. Some of the monuments are quite impressive, and at the right time of year there are re-enactments going on. Much of the trail is along paved roads. Don't bring your small children because there is little to no shade and it can make for a really long day. I have done the trail 2 times, once in 1997 as a preteen and then again as an adult. The booklet for the trail was $1 when I was a kid and is now $1.99; still not a bad deal for the information and guidance the book offers.

Andy Schneider
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Ben Hevenet
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Betsy Wightman Naimola
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Charles Graham
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