Laws & Policies
Gettysburg National Military Park is regulated by Federal Law, regulations set forth by the National Park Service and site-specific regulations designed to preserve and protect the resources of the park and Soldiers' National Cemetery, while providing a positive and safe environment for the visitor. These regulations are stated in the Superintendent's Compendium, which is available on this page.
PARK REGULATIONS IN BRIEF
Monuments and cannon were placed by veterans of the battle to mark positions and honor the sacrifices made by those organizations. They are irreplaceable historic objects protected by Federal law. Please help preserve them by not climbing, standing or hanging on monuments and cannon carriages.
The possession of metal detectors on park property is strictly prohibited. Relic hunting by the use of metal detectors or other means is prohibited and violators will be prosecuted.
Collecting of natural and cultural objects, including plants, animals, minerals, stones from walls, or other objects is strictly prohibited.
Obey posted speed limits and regulatory signs on park roads and avenues. Park in designated parking lots or on the pavement, not on the grass or road shoulders.
Bicycles are allowed on park roads and avenues only. Trail riding and off-road cycling is prohibited.
Picnicking is allowed only in designated picnic areas in the park. Please consult the park brochure for locations.
Pets must be leashed and attended at all times. Pets are prohibited on the grounds of the Soldiers' National Cemetery and inside the visitor center with the exception of special assistance animals.
SUPERINTENDENT'S COMPENDIUM, 2014 (pdf, 10.4mb)
ADDITIONAL PARK POLICIES
Firearms in National Parks: The law governing possession of firearms inside a national park changed on February 22, 2010. Visitors may possess firearms within a national park unit provided they comply with federal, state, and local laws. The role of the responsible gun owner is to know and obey the federal, state, and local laws appropriate to the park they are visiting. Please remember that federal law prohibits firearms in certain park facilities and buildings. These places are marked with signs at public entrances.For more information, please visit:
National Park Service Policy on Re-enactments in national parks.
Did You Know?
The Eternal Light Peace Memorial at Gettysburg National Military Park, the result of a cooperative effort between veterans of the North and South, was dedicated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on July 3, 1938 during the 75th Anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg.