Bridle Trails at Gettysburg
There are designated bridle trails for horseback riding throughout the park. The park does not offer horseback rides but they are available through several commercial business in the Gettysburg area. Contact the Gettysburg Area Convention and Visitor's Bureau for further information. For the safety of both animal and rider, protection of other visitors and park resources, riders must remain on designated horse trails at all times. For visitors who bring their own horses to the park, limited trailer parking is available at McMillan Woods Youth Group Campground on West Confederate Avenue. There is a designated section of the parking area in the campground for vehicles and trailers. On weekends during spring, summer and fall, the parking area for horse trailers can fill up quickly. Since parking is limited it is best to arrive early. Once the lot is full, there are no other places for trailers to park on the battlefield. If that happens, horse riders need to be flexible and consider other horse riding venues in the area:
BRIDLE TRAILS CLOSE TO GETTYSBURG
Catoctin National Park, Thurmont, MD, (301) 663-9288
Codorus State Park, Hanover, PA (717) 637-2816
Gifford Pinchot State Park, Lewisberry, PA (717) 292-4112
Michaux State Forest, Fayetteville, PA (717) 352-2211
(Harry Waters, NPS)
Other conditions concerning the use of horses or pack animals:
Horse trail riding prohibited after sunset.
Horses may only be secured by tying them to a hitching rack, a horse trailer or by cross tying them between two trees so they cannot damage the trees by foraging on the bark or branches.
Horses must be attended at all times to prevent third party injuries. Groups of riders must maintain a single file line. Jumping of stone walls, fences or other structures, racing or riding at excessive speeds is prohibited.
Pedestrians will also use this trail. Pedestrians have the right of way. Please keep horses at a slow walk while passing pedestrians. Do not obstruct the trail or make unreasonable noise while passing other horses.
Horses and pack animals shall not be watered at the water spigot in the McMillan Woods Campground. Water may be carried in pails to the animals.
The horse trailer parking area and roadways in McMillan Woods Campground must be kept free of manure. All horse or pack animal excrement in this area must be collected and carried out by the animal's owner or rider. Horses are not permitted on any area of the actual campground or any campsite.
Engaging in commercial trail riding activities in Gettysburg National Military Park without a permit is prohibited.
A permit is required for groups with 15 or more horses.
Notify National Park Rangers through the Adams County Dispatch Center for any emergencies, (717) 334-8101.
Note: Under emergency circumstances the park may close the trail temporarily or sections of the trail without prior notice. The closures will be signed and the park Visitor Center will know the current status of the horse trails (717) 334-1124 ext. 8023
Did You Know?
John Burns, a 72 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.