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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.