Historic Gettysburg Trail Hike Report

Hike Summary

Cub Scout Pack 802 completed the Historic Gettysburg Trail on Sunday, 20 October 2019.  The hike is a historical tour of the town of Gettysburg during the time of the Cival war.  Full instructions for this hike are located in the Gettysburg Heritage Trail guide available from the New Birth of Freedom Council store or the Gettysburg visitor center bookstore.

Directions in the trail guide start from the visitor’s center but if you are not visiting the museum and cyclorama it is more convenient to park in the National Cemetery parking lot located on the West Side of Taneytown road across the street from National Cemetery.  The trail from the visitor center to the National Cemetery lot is common between this hike and the Billy Yank Trail that we hiked on the previous day. The hike is performed as a loop in a clockwise direction following the stops located within the trail guide.  Highlights of hike include the Brian Farm, Lincoln Cemetery (African American cemetery), Gettysburg Academy, Pennsylvania College, the Train Station, Lincoln Square, the Wills House, and the National Cemetery.

There are no public facilities located along the route but there are numerous shops along the route especially in the vicinity of Lincoln Square.  This is an easy hike and should be accessible to all hiker ability groups.

Additional information about the Gettysburg Heritage Trails Program is located here

Hike Stats

Hike Distance:  3.9 miles

Time:  Approximately 2.5 hours

Rating:  Easy.  Predominantly paved sidewalks.

Hike Location

Cemetery Parking Address: Cyclorama Dr, Gettysburg, PA 17325

Visitor Center Address:  1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA 17325

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