• Gettysburg National Military Park

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    National Military Park Pennsylvania

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  • Parking Lot Closure at Museum & Visitor Center

    Parking Lot 2 at the NPS Visitor Center will be closed for major repairs from Aug. 18 through Sept. 14. Gettysburg Tour buses, ACTA, and shuttle to Eisenhower NHS will run from a station on the east side of the building. More »

Scenic Vistas

The Valley of Death from Little Round Top
The "Valley of Death" from Little Round Top.
(Harry Waters, National Park Service)
 

Big Round Top, Little Round Top, East Cemetery Hill, and Culp’s Hill, which range from 140 to 200 feet above the surrounding landscape, form the high points of the eastern side of the park. Seminary Ridge forms a long north-south ridge on the western side of the park at 60 feet above the surrounding landscape. Little Round Top is the most visited vista and offers a westerly view across Devil’s Den and the “Valley of Death” out toward Eisenhower Farm. Big Round Top has the highest elevation in the park at 785 feet above sea level but offers a limited easterly view due to thick vegetation.

The park also contains three Observation towers: the Longstreet tower, Oak Ridge tower, and Culp’s Hill tower. The recently renovated Pennsylvania Monument offers visitors a view of the battlefield from the base of its dome.

Did You Know?

John Burns after the battle (Library of Congress)

John Burns, a 69 year-old veteran of the War of 1812 and resident of Gettysburg, fought side by side with Union soldiers on the first day of the battle of Gettysburg. His service is commemorated by a battlefield statue at Gettysburg National Military Park.