Devil's Den

Devil's Den Rehabilitation Project

This project began on March 21 and will take five to six months to complete. During this time, Devil's Den will be CLOSED.

The rehabilitation of Devil’s Den will address significant erosion and safety issues in this highly visited area of the battlefield. Devil’s Den will be closed for approximately five to six months.

This project is necessary due to significant erosion along existing walkways and unauthorized social trails that have created safety hazards. The scope of the project will reestablish, preserve, and protect the features that make up this segment of the battlefield landscape. These improvements will allow visitors to better immerse themselves into the historic landscape that is essential to understanding the three-day Battle of Gettysburg.

For the safety of all visitors and contractors, Devil’s Den will be closed for five to six months. However, Crawford Avenue, Sickles Avenue, and the Devil’s Den parking area will remain open as much as possible for visitor use. (Adjacent battlefield locations, such as the Slaughter Pen, Devil’s Kitchen, and the Triangular Field, will all remain open.) The construction contractor will occasionally need to close all road access around the area in order to further facilitate the project. All road closure notices will be updated to our website and social media platforms with as much notice as possible.

 
A black and white photograph of two women and one man standing in front of a stack of very large boulders that tower over their heads.
Devil's Den, photo taken in 1903.

Library of Congress

 

Project Facts


Trail surface (before rehabilitation project)

  • 5,885 square feet

Trail surface (after rehabilitation project)

  • 5,815 square feet (1.2% decrease)


ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Trail surface (before rehabilitation project)

  • 700 square feet

ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Trail surface (after rehabilitation project)

  • 2,200 square feet (214% increase)
 

Timeline


March 21, 2022
Devil's Den closed to the public. The construction contractor has placed fencing around the site.

March 30
Granite steps delivered. Concrete steps removed.

April 7
Granite steps installed on west stairways.

April 14
Granite steps installed on east stairways.

April 21
Grading trail system. De-compact social trails.

~ As of 5/2/22

 
 
 

*** We will continue to update this page as more information becomes available. ***

Last updated: May 13, 2022

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