Battlefield Weekend Part 1 of 3!
Gettysburg National Battlefield!
A Newbie Friendly, Easy, and Mostly Flat 9 Mile History Hike!
This hike is located about 70 miles from both Baltimore and DC
We are once again offering this customized special Battlefield Weekend Series over the memorial holiday. So please join for for three powerful history hikes for a most special holiday weekend! We look forward to seeing you there for this annual event!
When you’ve finished this hike, you’ll have a comprehensive idea of what took place July 1st through July 3rd, 1863, at the Battle of Gettysburg, when over 150,000 troops clashed on the rolling hills surrounding this small Pennsylvania town. Considered by most historians to be the turning point of the Civil War, it was also one of the bloodiest conflicts in modern warfare. During the three-day battle, there were over 51,000 casualties. 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 first-hand 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.
This hike is led at a social pace which is that of an average hiker
Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Gettysburg, PA (About 70 miles from DC and 60 from Baltimore)
Length: 9 miles
Duration: Depends on the pace you want but will range from 3-5 Schedule: Open dawn until dusk, 365 days a year. The visitor center is open daily 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. except Thanksgiving and Christmas
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Loop trail
Skill Level: Easy and Newbie Friendly, but with gently rolling terrain and only a few steep climbs
Trail Surface: Dirt footpaths, gravel paths, mowed grass paths, old farm rods, and paved roads.
Terrain: Paved roads connect a series of Civil War monuments placed around the Gettysburg Battlefield; follow an abandoned trolley grade, forest footpaths and traverse open fields to famous hillside and open meadow battle sites.
Land Status: National Battlefield Park
Facilities: The visitor center features restrooms, interpretive displays, a soda machine, and a bookstore. There are picnic tables in a grove of trees adjacent to the visitors center
Trail Notes for Leaders
We hike rain or shine.
There are 4 carpools for this hike!
Baltimore Area Carpool
To carpool or caravan from the Baltimore metro area, meet at Savage Station. Click here for directions to Savage Station.
Annapolis Area Carpool
To carpool or caravan from the Annapolis area, meetup at the Harbour Center Mall Starbucks. Click here for Annapolis carpool directions for getting to the carpool location.
D.C. Area Carpool
To carpool or caravan from the metro DC area, meetup at the Centerville Park and Ride. Click here for informationand directions to the Centerville location.
Franklintown (Security Blvd. I-70 Park and Ride)
There is an additional carpool location for this hike. Click here for directions to where we meet for this carpool.
If you can drive or want to carpool from additional locations, please post your location in the comment section below. For those who need a ride, reach out to the drivers. Make friends, and support the environment - by just offering a ride!
Directions to the Trailhead
Click Here for Directions to Where We Meet for This Special Event.
Hike is at 9:00 a.m.
Carpool meetup time for Savage Station is 7:30 a.m.
Carpool meetup time at Centerville Park and Ride is 7:00 a.m.
Franklintown Carpool time is 7:30 a.m.
Carpoool Time for Annapolis Area is 6:45 a.m.
Click here for suggestions for what to wear and what not to wear for our hikes.
Please remember we are a social hiking group that values fellowship and camaraderie and practice good hike etiquette. We take breaks as necessary and have at least one guide in the front in addition to a "sweeper" in the back which means that no hiker is left behind. If you get upset because someone has to rest at the top of a hill etc. then find another group! We are very supportive, encouraging, and focus on safety while getting or staying fit on the trail and practicing Leave No Trace outdoor ethics.
Fido is Welcome on This Hike!
Let's have good times and see you there!