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Battlefield Weekend Hike Series (1 of 3): Gettysburg National Battlefield Hike!

  • May 25, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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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.

Hike Pace
This hike is led at a social pace which is that of an average hiker

 

Trail Information
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.
Season: Year-round
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

Weather Information
We hike rain or shine.

Park Fee
None, yay!

Carpool Information
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.

Gear Information
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!

Bill P:[masked]

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  • Heather

    I had a great time! Bill thanks for leading. It was great to meet everyone and to get out and get some exercise while taking in some history too. And the weather was perfect!

    1 · May 26, 2013

  • Vonni

    Bill thanks for leading this hike. I thoroughly enjoyed it...even with the iffy ankle. It was a lot of fun, the group was great and I'm looking forward to more hikes.

    1 · May 26, 2013

  • Shauna

    Sorry I missed hooking up with you guys... when I went to leave in the morning, my battery was dead. I had to wait for a neighbor to give me a jump start, and it put me about an hour behind. I hiked the battlefield on my own and kept an eye out for you all. I'll look forward to the next Gettysburg hike.

    May 26, 2013

  • Jonathan

    Thanks for leading the hike today, Bill. I had a fantastic time! I didn't leave the battlefield until 9 p.m. I'm pretty sure I walked at least 20 miles today! Gettysburg has always been my favorite Civil War battlefield.

    2 · May 25, 2013

  • Thomas

    I've always wanted to visit Gettysburg but never got around to it. This was a great history lesson.

    2 · May 25, 2013

  • Kenneth P.

    It was really a breeze.man...I mean! a breeze! Got behind reading every monument.

    2 · May 25, 2013

  • Kellie C.

    Bill, thanks so much for leading the first in this 3 part series of most special holiday history hikes!

    2 · May 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi everyone! This is a quick last check if anyone would be able to please help with a carpool from the DC area. Thanks!

    May 24, 2013

    • Jill G.

      Yeah its father Hurley Blvd exit which is towards Damascus the milestone shopping center its just on the right off the exit, there is a park and ride in the shopping center. 730 is perfect see you then thanks a lot

      May 24, 2013

    • Heather

      Perfect. See you in the morning!

      May 24, 2013

  • Jill G.

    Hey I'm leaving from the Gaithersburg area if anyone still needs a ride. I don't mind picking someone up from a nearby metro if need be.

    1 · May 24, 2013

    • Clark

      from what part of Gaithersburg? I live in Centreville, VA

      May 24, 2013

    • Jill G.

      I'm in damascus, I think me and heather are carpooling but thanks

      May 24, 2013

  • Clark

    If anyone still needs to carpool or needs any help from the Centreville, VA area let me know.

    May 24, 2013

  • Clark

    yes. i can carpool from the centerville park and ride.

    May 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Another conflict. Can make it in time to meet. Thank you!

    May 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Really really want to do this hike! Still hoping to find someone that can help out with a carpool anywhere from DC though. Please contact me if you can help and I will share the gas. Thanks so much!

    May 21, 2013

    • Vonni

      Kiss and Ride. Not sure which is east or west side...but he side closest to Rockville Pike.

      May 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I just realized that the Metro only opens up at 7am on Saturday, so I won't be able to make it to Twinbrook in time. I would cycle to Twinbrook, but it's going to take me 2 hours from DC. :(

      May 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would like to join, but I need someone to carpool me there. I live in Bethesda. Is anyone leaving from the DC area?

    May 20, 2013

    • Vonni

      I'll be there sometime around 7 AM and we'll be leaving by 7:15.

      May 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Great. Thanks. See you there at 7AM

      May 21, 2013

  • Al W.

    Is the hike 9 miles? how many hours approximately? will there be an opportunity to do something shorter? thanks

    May 21, 2013

  • Brendan

    I'll be coming from Baltimore if anyone needs a lift.

    May 21, 2013

  • Ellen C

    I'd like to do this hike if anyone is willing to carpool from Arlington or the Centerville Park and Ride. Any takers?

    May 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will there be a "newbie" version of the hike offered?

    May 19, 2013

    • Shmuel

      This is a 13 miles hike. That makes it definitely not Newbie.

      1 · May 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    RSVP'd few months back but will have to cancel. Super bummed as I have never been there before.

    May 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would love to join! Is there anybody coming from DC that could please help out with a carpool? I will of course share the gas cost. Thanks!

    May 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This looks like a great hike but will have to miss it. Out of town that weekend. You all enjoy.

    May 11, 2013

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