Superintendent's Compendium

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A. Introduction

1. Superintendent's Compendium Described

The Superintendent’s Compendium is the summary of park specific rules implemented under 36 Code of Federal Regulations (36 CFR). It serves as public notice, identifies areas closed for public use, provides a list of activities requiring either a special use permit or reservation, and elaborates on public use and resource protection regulations pertaining specifically to the administration of the park. The Superintendent’s Compendium does not repeat regulations found in 36 CFR and other United States Code and CFR Titles, which are enforced without further elaboration at the park level.

The regulations contained in 36 CFR, Parts 1-7, are the basic mechanism used by the National Park Service (NPS) to preserve and protect the natural and cultural resources of the park and to protect visitors and property within the park. Parts 1 through 6 are general regulations applicable to all areas of the National Park system, and Part 7 contains special regulations specific to individual parks. Each of these Parts has many sections and subsections articulating specific provisions. Within some of these Part 1-7 sections and subsections, the Superintendent is granted discretionary authority to develop local rules to be responsive to the needs of a specific park resource or activity, park plan, program, and/or special needs of the general public.

As an example, 36 CFR 1.5(a) Closures and Public Use Limits provides the Superintendent certain discretion in allowing or disallowing certain activities. The authority granted by the Section, however, requires the Superintendent to comply with the Administrative Procedures Act (6 USC Section 551), which requires public notice on actions with major impact on visitor use patterns, park resources or those that are highly controversial in nature.

Another example is 36 CFR 1.6 Permits, which allows the Superintendent to require a permit for certain uses and activities in the park. This Section, however, requires that a list of activities needing a permit (and a fee schedule for the various types of permits) be maintained by the park.

A final example is 36 CFR 2.1(c) (1) Preservation of Natural, Cultural and Archeological Resources, which provides the Superintendent the authority to designate certain fruits, nuts, berries or unoccupied seashells which may be gathered by hand for personal use or consumption. This activity can occur, however, only if a written determination shows that the allowed activity does not adversely affect park wildlife, the reproductive potential of a plant species, or otherwise adversely affect park resources.

This Compendium should be used in conjunction with Title 36 CFR, Parts 1-7, to more fully understand the regulations governing the use and enjoyment of all the areas of the national Park System.

A copy of Title 36, CFR, can be purchased from the U.S. Government Printing Office at:

Superintendent of Documents

P.O. Box 371954

Pittsburgh, PA 15250-7954

The CFR is also available on the Internet.

2. Laws and Policies Allowing the Superintendent to Develop This Compendium

The National Park Service (NPS) is granted broad statutory authority under 16 United States Code (U.S.C.) Section 1 et.seq. (Organic Act of 1916, as amended) to “…regulate the use of the Federal areas known as national parks, monuments, and reservations…by such means and measures as conform to the fundamental purposes of the said parks…which purpose is to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wildlife therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment for future generations” (16 U.S.C. Section 1). In addition, the NPS Organic Act allows the NPS, through the Secretary of the Interior, to “make and publish such rules and regulations as he may deem necessary or proper for the use and management of the parks, monuments, and reservations under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service” (16 U.S.C. Section 3).

In 1970, Congress amended the NPS Organic Act to clarify its intentions as to the overall mission of the NPS. Through the General Authorities Act of 1970 (16 U.S.C. Sections 1a1-1a8), Congress brought all areas administered by the NPS into one National Park System and directed the NPS to manage all areas under its administration consistent with the Organic Act of 1916.

In 1978, Congress amended the General Authorities Act of 1970 and reasserted System-wide the high standard of protection defined in the original Organic Act by stating “Congress further reaffirms, declares, and directs that the promotion and regulation of the various areas of the National Park System, as defined by Section 1 of this Title, shall be consistent with and founded in the purpose established by Section 1 of this Title, to the common benefit of all people of the United States.”

16 U.S.C. Section 1c defines the National Park System as”…any areas of land and water now or hereafter administered by the Secretary of the Interior through the National Park Service for park, monument, historic, parkway, recreational, or other purposes.”

In addition to the above statutory authority, the Superintendent is guided by established NPS policy as found in the NPS Management Policies (2006). The Superintendent is also guided by more specific policies promulgated by the Director, National Park Service, in the form of Director’s Orders. As stated in the Management Policies, the primary responsibility of the NPS is to protect and preserve our national natural and cultural resources while providing for the enjoyment of these resources by visitor and other users, as long as use does not impair specific park resources or overall visitor experience. The appropriateness of any particular visitor use or recreational experience is resource-based and will vary from park to park; therefore, a use or activity that is appropriate in one park area may not be appropriate in another. The Superintendent is directed to analyze overall park use and determine if any particular use is appropriate. Where conflict arises between use and resource protection, where the Superintendent has a reasonable basis to believe a resource is or would become impaired, than that Superintendent is obliged to place limitations on public use.

3. Consistency of This Compendium with Applicable Federal Law and Requirements

The Superintendent’s Compendium is not considered a significant rule requiring review by the Office of Management and Budget under Executive Order 12866. In addition, this Compendium will not have a significant economic effect on a number of small entities nor impose a significant cost on any local, state or tribal government or private organization, and therefore does not fall under the requirements of either the Regulatory Flexibility Act or the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act.

The actions and requirements described in this Compendium are found to be categorically excluded from further compliance with the procedural requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) in Department of the Interior (DOI) Guidelines 516 DM 6 and as such, an Environmental Assessment will not be prepared.

4. Development of the Requirements of the Superintendent’s Compendium

As outlined above, the NPS has broad authority and responsibility to determine what types of uses and activities are appropriate in any particular National Park System area. The requirements of the Superintendent’s Compendium are developed through an analysis and determination process. The decision criteria used during this process are:

  • Is there use or activity consistent with the NPS Organic Act and NPS policy?

  • Is the use or activity consistent and compatible with the park’s enabling legislation, management objectives, and corresponding management plans?

  • Will the use or activity damage the park’s protected natural and cultural resources and other protected values?

  • Will the use or activity disturb or be in conflict with wildlife, vegetation, and environmental protection actions and values?

  • Will the use or activity conflict with or be incompatible with traditional park uses and activities?

  • Will the use or activity compromise employee or public safety?

5. Applicability of the Compendium

The rules contained in this Compendium apply to all persons entering, using, visiting or otherwise present on Federally owned lands, including submerged lands, and waters administered by the NPS within the legislative boundaries of the park. This includes all waters subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, including all navigable waters.

6. Enforcement of Compendium Requirements

NPS Law Enforcement Park Rangers enforce the requirements of the United State Code, 36 CFR, and this Superintendent’s Compendium.

7. Penalties for Not Adhering to the Compendium Requirements

A person who violates any provision of the regulations found in 36 CFR, Parts 1-7, or provisions of this Compendium, is subject to a fine as provided by law (18 U.S.C. 3571) up to $5,000 for individuals and $10,000 for organizations, or by imprisonment not exceeding six months (18 U.S.C. 3559), or both, and shall be adjudged to pay all court costs associated with any court proceedings. You may receive a list of fines associated with any particular provision by contacting the Chief Ranger at the park address found below.

8. Comments on the Compendium

The Compendium is reviewed annually and revised as necessary. The park welcomes comments about its program and activities at any time.

9. Effective Date of the Superintendent Compendium

The Superintendent’s Compendium is effective on the approval date listed on the first page of this document, and remains in effect until revised for a period up to one year.

10. Additional Information

Some of the terms used in this Compendium may have specific meaning defined in 36 CFR 1.4 Definitions.

11. Availability

Copies of the Compendium are available at 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg PA 17325. It may also be found at


B. Superintendent's Compendium

In accordance with regulations and the delegated authority provided in Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations (“36 CFR”), Chapter 1, Parts 1-7, authorized by Title 54 United States Code, Section 100751, the following provisions apply to all lands and waters administered by the National Park Service, within the boundaries of Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site. Unless otherwise stated, these regulatory provisions apply in addition to the requirements contained in 36 CFR, Chapter 1, Parts 1-7.

Written determinations, which explain the reasoning behind the Superintendent’s use of discretionary authority, as required by Section 1.5(c), appear in this document identified by italicized print.


36 CFR §1.5 – Visiting Hours, Public Use Limits, Closures, and Area Designations for Specific Use or Activities

(a)(1) The following visiting hours, public use limits, and closures are established:

Closure Order #20-003

Closures, restrictions, and public use limits: Under the authority provided to the Superintendent in 36 CFR 1.5 and 2.50 and 2.51, the follow park areas and facilities are closed, effective June 12, 2020, until further notice:

  • Eisenhower NHS Home and Reception Center.
  • Eisenhower NHS Barn 1 and Show Barn open on weekends only
  • David Wills House
  • Suspension of all permits and commercial activities for gatherings over 250. Additionally, the Governor’s guidelines for work and social restrictions in the ‘Green Phase’ are broad, and do not specifically address many of the types of businesses we have in the Park. Those guidelines may require interpretation to determine whether some of our local businesses can or cannot operate in the ‘Green’ phase. Because of this lack of clarity for tourism-related uses each business should consult the state guidelines on their own, and interpretation should be handled by their respective attorneys.
  • Suspension of campground reservations
  • Suspension of Bushman Farmhouse reservations
  • Park Programs and events for gatherings under 250 outdoors and/or in compliance with state building guidance for indoors spaces
  • Gettysburg NMP Observation Towers
  • Pennsylvania Memorial, Observation Level

Closure Order #20-005

Closures, restrictions and public use limits: Under the authority provided to the Superintendent in 36 CFR 1.5 and 2.50 and 2.51, the follow park areas and facilities are closed beginning at 6 pm and ending the following morning at 8 am on September 18, 2020, October 2, 2020 and October 16, 2020:

  • Wainwright Avenue from the NPS boundary near Locust Avenue to Slocum Avenue will be closed to vehicle traffic. All areas closed to vehicle access will be posted with appropriate signage.

Notice: This administrative order applies to all individuals subject to the regulatory authority of the National Park Service (NPS) within the boundaries of Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site, including park visitors, government employees, concession employees, park residents and stakeholders.

Finding: The NPS issues this administrative order for the purposes of maintaining public health and safety. This order is consistent with National Park Service partial and temporary park closures or public use limitations, the legal opinion of the Office of the Solicitor, and judicial adjudications.

ANSWER Coalition v. Norton, No. 05-0071 (D.D.C. January 18, 2005); Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc. v. National Park Service, No. 89-0939, 1989 US District LEXIS 3582 (D.D.C. April 7, 1989); Spiegel V. Babbit, 855 F.Supp. 405 (D.D.C. 1994), affd in part and vacated with instructions to dismiss, 56 F.3d 1531 (D.D.C. 1995), reported in full 1995 U.S. App. LEXIS 15200 (D.D.C. May 31, 1995); Picciotto V. United States, No. 99-2113 (D.D.C. August 6, 1999); Picciotto V. United States, No. 94- 1935 (D.D.C. September 9, 1994); Picciotto v. Lujan, No. 90-1261 (D.D.C. May 30,
1990); Picciotto v. Hodel, No. 87-3290 (D.D.C. December 7, 1987).

These directives require the NPS to take the actions identified above for support of National Park Service commissioned rangers in the execution and management of public safety and resource protection requirements. This closure order does not supersede or replace Closure Order 20-003.

Approval: Steven D. Sims, Superintendent - September 9, 2020

Gettysburg NMP Visiting Hours:

Visitor Center/Museum:

April 1 – October 31: Open Thursday through Monday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed Tuesday and Wednesday
November 1 – March 31: Open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.
Gettysburg National Cemetery and Annex – Open daily 7 a.m. to Sunset.

The Gettysburg NMP library, curatorial and archives facilities are available to researchers by appointment only. Please call the Park Librarian at 717-338-4424.

All Gettysburg NMP park lands and roadways are open to public access according to the following schedule:

April 1 – October 31 – Open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Closed 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
November 1 – March 31 – Open 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Closed 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.

The following park roadways are open to local vehicle commuter-only traffic, after established park closure hours. Drive through-only, no stopping, standing or parking along avenues or pull offs:

  • Buford Avenue
  • Doubleday Avenue
  • Granite Schoolhouse Road
  • Howard Avenue
  • Hunt Avenue
  • Millerstown Road
  • Reynolds Avenue
  • Wadsworth Avenue
  • West Confederate Avenue
  • Wheatfield Road
  • Seminary Avenue

  • The Slyder Farm trail is closed to horses Monday – Friday during the months of April, May, and October due to its use for student education programs.

Eisenhower NHS Visiting Hours:

  • The Grounds are open to the public 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Access to the main site is by shuttle bus-only from the Gettysburg NMP Visitor Center during the spring, summer and fall seasons.

  • During the winter season, January 2 to March 1, the shuttle bus will NOT be operating. The public may drive to the site. The grounds will be available daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for self-guided tours. The site is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Visitors may access portions of the Eisenhower National Historic Site near Sachs Covered Bridge from Sunrise to Sunset.

  • The Eisenhower NHS library, curatorial and archives facilities are available to researchers by appointment only. Please contact the park Curator at 717-338-4454.

Public Use Limits:

  • The general public is prohibited from possessing and/or consuming food in the Gettysburg National Cemetery and Annex.


Gettysburg NMP, including all lands and roadways, except as designated above, are closed to public access:

  • April 1 – October 31 from 10 p.m. – 6 a.m.
  • November 1 – March 31 from 7 p.m. – 6 a.m.


  • NPS sponsored and approved public meetings, programs and special events, scheduled to occur in the park after designated closure hours are exempt.
  • McMillan Woods Organized Youth Group Campground is accessible to registered campers only after designated closure hours.

  • Park Living History Volunteers (NPS Permit authorized) are authorized access to their identified campsites only after designated closure hours.

  • Gettysburg National Cemetery and Annex is closed to public access from sunset to 7 a.m. daily.

  • Eisenhower NHS is closed to public access 5 p.m. – 9 a.m. daily. Visitors may access portions of the Eisenhower National Historic Site near Sachs Covered Bridge from Sunrise to Sunset.

All service/unpaved roads are closed to travel by commercial bus operators, including but not limited to:

  • Slyder Farm Lane
  • Bushman Farm Lane

  • H. Spangler Farm Lane

  • Rose Farm Lane

  • F. Althoff Farm Lane

  • G. Weikert Farm Lane

  • McClean Farm Lane

  • Will Winebrenner Farm Lane

  • Butterfield Farm Lane

The following park roads are closed to travel by all buses:

  • Coster Avenue

The following service roads are closed to public vehicular use and travel:

  • Soldiers’ National Cemetery and Annex roads

  • Slyder Farm Lane

  • Spangler Farm Lane

  • Bushman Farm Lane

  • Williams Quarry access road

  • All Eisenhower National Historic Site access roads except as designated above

Employee residences located in Gettysburg NMP and Eisenhower NHS are closed to public access.

Public buildings at Gettysburg NMP and Eisenhower NHS will be closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

The Superintendent may close any portion of the park and/or roadways, to include trails, to public access during periods of ice, snow, or any other hazardous condition. Roadways may be closed with gates, barricades or other traffic control devices. Driving or riding around or past these devices is prohibited.

The following areas are closed to picnicking:

  • Devil’s Den

  • Zeigler’s Grove

  • Little Round Top

  • Soldiers’ National Cemetery and Annex

  • All monuments and markers and the area within 100 feet of the same

  • Eisenhower NHS

The following areas are closed to bicycling:

  • Gettysburg National Cemetery and Annex
  • Gettysburg NMP – all areas except park roadways and parking lots

Launching, landing or operating an unmanned aircraft from or on lands and waters administered by the National Park Service within the boundaries of Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site is prohibited except as approved in writing by the Superintendent.

  • Definition: The term “unmanned aircraft” means a device that is used or intended to be used for flight in air without the possibility of direct human intervention from within or on the device, and the associated operational components that are required for the pilot or system operator in command to operate or control the device (such as cameras, sensors, communication links). This term includes all types of devices that meet this definition (e.g. model airplanes, quadcopters, drones) that are used for any purpose, including for recreation or commerce.
  • Justification: The use of unmanned aircraft is considered to be an impact on the historic landscape of the Gettysburg Battlefield and the Eisenhower home site. These devices would also provide unreasonable noise and impact the visitor experience which is so important at both sites.

(a)(2) The following restrictions and/or conditions are in effect for the specific uses or activities noted:

  • Passenger Carrying Busses:

    • Engines must be shut down when parked for a period of more than 5 minutes EXCEPT: If outside temperatures reach 90 degrees or higher and passengers have elected to remain on board during an extended stop, the bus and air conditioning may be left running for the safety and well-being of the driver and passengers who remain onboard. If all passengers have departed the bus during an extended stop in high heat, drivers may start their buses 5 mins prior to the boarding process to begin cooling the vehicle ahead of the passengers return.

  • Recreational and Sporting Activities:

    • Gettysburg NMP and Eisenhower NHS are closed to recreational and sporting activities including, but not limited to the following: racing, skating (including roller-skating and in-line skating), skateboarding, motorized scooters, neighborhood electric vehicles, golf carts, pocket motorcycles, technical rock climbing, ball playing, kite flying, model aircraft flying, model rocket launching, throwing objects through the air (frisbees, footballs, baseballs, etc.) and sunbathing. Prohibited activities do not include walking, hiking, strolling, jogging, bicycling, xc-skiing or horseback riding. Specific prohibitions on certain activities may be addressed in other regulations.

    • All recreational activities, including bicycling and jogging are prohibited in the Gettysburg National Cemetery and Annex.

  • Geo-Caching:

    • Geo-Caching is prohibited throughout Gettysburg NMP, Eisenhower NHS and Soldiers’ National Cemetery and Annex. Virtual geo-caching is authorized. See also 36 CFR § 2.22.

  • Electric Personal Assistive Mobility Devices (EPAMD):

    • Recreational Use – EPAMD’s are permitted only on park roadways within Gettysburg NMP with the following restrictions:

    • Lamps and reflectors are required when operating between sunset and sunrise.

    • Pedalcycle helmets are required for persons under 12 years of age.

  • E-bikes

    • The term “e-bike” means a two- or three-wheeled cycle with fully operable pedals and an electric motor of less than 750 watts (1 h.p.).

    • E-bikes are allowed in Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site where traditional bicycles are allowed. E-bikes are prohibited where traditional bicycles are prohibited. Except where use of motor vehicles by the public is allowed, using the electric motor to move an e-bike without pedaling is prohibited.

    • A person operating an e-bike is subject to the following sections of 36 CFR part 4 that apply to the use of traditional bicycles: sections 4.12, 4.13, 4.20, 4.21, 4.22, 4.23, and 4.30(h)(2)-(5).

    • Except as specified in this Compendium, the use of an e-bike within Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site is governed by State law, which is adopted and made a part of this Compendium. Any violation of State law adopted by this paragraph is prohibited.

(a)(3) The following restrictions, limits, closures, designations, conditions, or visiting hour restrictions imposed under §§(a)(1) or (2) have been terminated:

  • Not applicable at this time.

CCTV Policy Statement

In accordance with National Park Service Law Enforcement Reference Manual 9 (RM-9), notice is hereby given that Gettysburg NMP and Eisenhower NHS uses Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) security camera monitoring.

The parks’ use of Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) for law enforcement and security purposes will only be to visually monitor public park areas and public activities where no constitutionally
protected reasonable expectation of privacy exists. Such CCTV use – which will have adequate privacy and First Amendment safeguards – will be to help ensure public safety and security;
facilitate the detection, investigation, prevention, and deterrence of terrorist attack and crime; help ensure the safety of citizens and officers; help assist in the proper allocation and deployment of law enforcement and public safety resources; and help facilitate the protection of the innocent and the apprehension and prosecution of criminals. (RM-9, 26.1)

This policy does not restrict the official use of CCTV in government administrative areas, including administrative buildings, jail holding facilities (RM-9, 26.3.7), revenue collection sites, etc., where the government may record/monitor its facilities. For example, the government may perform unrestricted video/audio recording at revenue collection points (entrance stations, visitor center counters, etc.). This policy does not restrict the use of an Audio/Visual Recording Device (AVRD) in patrol vehicles or officer-worn recording devices used by commissioned rangers.
(RM-9, 26.1).

Operation of CCTV cameras, maintenance of recorded images and use of recorded images will be in accordance with NPS and Department policy and applicable laws and regulations. (RM-9, 26.1-26.4) No person will be targeted or monitored merely because of race, religion, gender, sex, disability, national origin, or political affiliation or views. (RM-9, 26.4.2)

Nothing in this policy statement is intended to create any rights, privileges, or benefits not otherwise recognized by law.


36 CFR §1.6 – Activities that Require a Permit

(f) The following is a compilation of those activities for which a permit from the superintendent is required:

  • §2.4(d) Carry or possess a weapon, trap, or net:
    • Firearms may be carried or possessed in accordance with applicable local, state and federal law.
    • Other weapons as defined under 36 CFR 1.4 will require a permit. Contact the Chief Ranger’s Office for permit.
  • §2.5(a) Research specimen collection (Take plant, fish, wildlife, rocks or minerals)
    • Contact Resource Planning Office for permit
  • §2.10(a) Camping activities – Organized Youth Group Camping Only
    • Contact Chief Ranger’s Office for more information and for a reservation. Reservations system is on a rotating yearly schedule. Groups may book a campsite up to one (1) year in advance of the actual date (i.e. One may book a campsite for July 10, 2020 on or after July 10, 2019).
  • §2.12 Audio Disturbances:
    • (a)(2) Operating a chain saw in developed areas
    • (a)(3) Operation of any type of portable motor or engine, or device powered by a portable motor or engine in non-developed areas
    • (a)(4) Operation of a public address system in connection with a public gathering or special event for which a permit has been issued pursuant to §2.50 or §2.51
    • Contact Chief Ranger’s Office for permit
  • §2.16 Horses and Pack Animals:
    • (b) Creating short connecting routes between private residences and the park horse trail
    • (c) The use of horses or pack animals on a park road, being used on a horse- or animal-drawn vehicle
    • Contact Chief Ranger’s Office for permit
  • §2.17 Aircraft and Air Delivery
    • (a)(3) Delivery or retrieval of a person or object by parachute, helicopter or other airborne means.
    • (c)(1) Removal of a downed aircraft
    • Contact Chief Ranger’s Office for permit
  • §2.35 Alcoholic beverages and Controlled Substances:
    • (a)(3)(i) Possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages
    • Contact Chief Ranger’s Office for permit
  • §2.38 Explosives:
    • (a) Use, possess, store, transport explosives, blasting agents
    • (b) Use or possess fireworks
    • Contact Chief Ranger’s Office for permit
  • §2.50(a) Conduct a sports event, pageant, regatta, public spectator attraction, entertainment, ceremony, and similar events
    • Contact Chief Ranger’s Office for permit
    • Weddings will only be permitted at the Park Amphitheater in Pitzer Woods
  • §2.51(a) Public assemblies, meetings, gatherings, demonstrations, parades and other public expressions of views. However, demonstrations of 25 people or less are allowed within the park areas designated as available under paragraph 2.51(c)(2) without a permit. The two areas designated for these demonstrations are at the orchard area west of Taneytown Road, north of Meade’s Headquarters, and south of the National Cemetery Parking Lot (excluding the orchard) and the grassy area to the west of the Eternal Peace Light Memorial (See map at the end of this document).
    • Contact Chief Ranger’s Office for permit
  • §2.52(c) Sale or distribution of printed matter that is not solely commercial advertising
    • Contact Chief Ranger’s Office for permit
  • §2.60(b) Livestock use
    • Contact Resource Planning Office for permit
  • §2.61(a) Residing on federal lands
    • Contact Chief Ranger’s Office for permit
  • §2.62 Memorialization:
    • (a) Erection of monuments (Requires approval from NPS Director)
    • (b) Scattering ashes from human cremation in designated locations only
    • Contact Chief Ranger’s Office for permit
  • §4.11(a) Exceeding of established vehicle load, weight and size limits
    • Contact Chief Ranger’s Office for permit

  • §5.1 Advertisements - (Display, posting or distribution.)
    • Contact Chief Ranger’s Office for permit
  • §5.3 Engaging in or soliciting any business (Requires a permit, contract or other written agreement with the United States, or must be pursuant to special regulations).
  • Contact Chief Ranger’s Office for permit
  • §5.5 Commercial Photography/Filming:
    • (a) Commercial filming of motion pictures or television involving the use of professional casts, settings or crews, other than bona fide newsreel or news television
    • (b) Still photography of articles of commerce, such as vehicles, or models for the purpose of commercial advertising.
    • Contact Chief Ranger’s Office for permit
  • §5.6(c) Use of commercial vehicles on park area roads (The superintendent shall issue a permit to access private lands within or adjacent to the park when access is otherwise not available)
    • Contact Chief Ranger’s Office for permit
  • §5.7 Construction of buildings, facilities, trails, roads, boat docks, paths, structures, etc.
    • Not permitted
  • Part 12 National Cemeteries
  • 12.5(b) Burial in the National Cemetery
    • Gettysburg National Cemetery is closed to burials. Only those with spaces already reserved may be buried there.
  • 12.6(b) Disinterment of Remains from National Cemetery
    • Contact Park Maintenance Office for permit
  • Part 25 Licensed Guide Service
  • 25.2(a) Conduct a Battlefield Tour for a Fee
  • Contact Chief Ranger’s Office

36 CFR §2.1 - Preservation of Natural, Cultural and Archeological Resouces

(a)(4) Dead wood on the ground may be collected for use as fuel for campfires within the park in the following areas:

  • McMillan Woods Campground – Organized Youth Group campers only.

  • Guinn Woods Campground – NPS sponsored Youth Work campers only.

(a)(5) The following conditions are in effect for walking, climbing, entering, ascending or traversing the listed archeological or cultural resource, monuments or statues:

  • The following monuments and cultural resources are open to the public (persons only, no pets except for seeing eye/handicap assist dogs) for walking on, entering, ascending and descending or traversing via walkways and stairs during the hours the park is open:

    • 44th New York Infantry Monument
    • Culp’s Hill Tower
    • Friend to Friend Memorial
    • Longstreet Tower

    • Oak Ridge Tower

    • Eternal Light Peace Memorial

    • Pennsylvania Monument

    • New York Auxiliary Monument

    • United States Regulars Monument

(a)(6) Conducting rubbings of monuments or gravestones may injure or deface those cultural resources and is therefore prohibited.

(c)(1), (c)(2) The following fruits, nuts, mushrooms and berries may be gathered by hand for personal use or consumption within Gettysburg NMP in the following quantities:

  • Acorns 1 peck / person / day
  • Apples 1 bushel / person / day
  • Blackberries 1 peck / person / day
  • Blueberries 1 peck / person / day
  • Cherries 1 peck / person / day
  • Crabapples 1 peck / person / day
  • Hickory nuts 1 peck / person / day
  • Mushrooms 1 peck / person / day
  • Peaches 1 peck / person / day
  • Raspberries 1 peck / person / day
  • Strawberries 1 peck / person / day
  • Walnuts 1 peck / person / day
  • Wineberries 1 peck / person / day

1 peck = 537.61 cubic inches 1 bushel = 2,150.42 cubic inches


36 CFR §2.2 - Wildlife Protection

(d) The transporting of lawfully taken wildlife through the park is permitted under the following conditions and procedures:

  • Wildlife taken lawfully outside the park may be transported by vehicle through the park via the most direct route during the legal hunting season. Game must be properly tagged according to state law.

(e) The following areas are closed to the viewing of wildlife with the use of an artificial light:

  • All areas of Gettysburg NMP, Gettysburg National Cemetery & Annex, and Eisenhower NHS.


36 CFR §2.3 – Fishing

(a) The following State fishing laws and/or regulations, as noted, apply within the boundaries of Gettysburg NMP:

  • Fishing regulations are contained in Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes Title 30.

(d)(2) Possession or use of live or dead minnows or other bait fish, amphibian, non-preserved fish eggs or roe is permitted in accordance with State Regulations.


36 CFR §2.4 – Weapons, Traps or Nets

(a)(1)(i) & (ii) Visitors may possess and carry firearms within Gettysburg NMP and Eisenhower NHS in accordance with federal, state, and local laws.

Federal law prohibits firearms in certain park facilities and buildings. These places are marked with signs at public entrances. The federal facilities for Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site are as follows:
Gettysburg: Hoffman House – 380 Taneytown Road (Resource Planning Office)
National Cemetery Lodge – 791 Baltimore Pike
Park Maintenance Facility – 405 Taneytown Road (Maintenance Office)
Wright House - 160 Taneytown Road (Protection Office)
Bushman House – 30 South Confederate Ave
Sherfy House – 1137 Emmitsburg Rd

Eisenhower: Eisenhower Home – 200 Millerstown Road
Eisenhower Farm 1 Barn – 200 Millerstown Road
Eisenhower Headquarters Building (Farm 2) – 250 Eisenhower Farm Lane
Farm 2 Show Barn – 250 Eisenhower Farm Lane
Reception Center – 200 Millerstown Road

Other weapons, traps and nets as defined under 36 CFR 1.4 will require a permit.


36 CFR §2.10 – Camping and Food Storage

(a) The sites and areas listed below have been designated for camping activities as noted. A permit system has been established for certain campgrounds or camping activities, and conditions for camping and camping activities are in effect as noted:
  • The open area west of McMillan Woods off West Confederate Avenue, known as the McMillan Woods Campground is designated as a Youth Group Campground. The campground is generally open from mid-April through the end of October. The campground consists of ten sites with capacities ranging from 15 – 35 people. The campground maximum capacity is 300 people. Use is limited to organized youth groups via a reservation system. A maximum length of stay of 7 days per group is in effect.
  • Guinn Woods Campground is closed to the public. It is used for NPS Sponsored Youth Work Crews Only.

(b)(9) The following conditions have been established by the superintendent
  • Coal or charcoal cooking is prohibited. Only camp stoves (propane, butane) may be used.
  • Wood fires only in the fire rings.

(d) Conditions for the storage of food are in effect, as noted, for the following areas:
  • Food storage regulations do not apply.

36 CFR §2.11 – Picnicking

Certain areas have been closed to picnicking and are listed in 36 CFR § 1.5(a)(1) “Closures” of this document. They include:
  • Devils Den
  • Eisenhower NHS
  • All monuments and markers and the area within 100 feet of the same
  • Soldiers’ National Cemetery & Annex
  • Little Round Top
  • Ziegler’s Grove

Conditions for Picnicking:
  • Designated areas for picnicking include the South End Picnic Area located along South Confederate Avenue and designated tables at the Visitor Center/Museum.
  • The McMillan Woods Picnic Shelter is open to use by groups staying in the campground on a first come first serve basis. The Picnic Shelter may be used by other groups under the issuance of a Special Use Permit.
  • Only camp stoves (propane, butane) may be utilized in the above designated picnic areas. No coal or charcoal.

36 CFR 2.13 - Fires

(a)(1) The lighting or maintaining of fires is generally prohibited, except as provided for in the following designated areas and/or receptacles, and under the conditions noted:

Designated Areas:
  • Campfires are permitted at the McMillan Woods Campground within the steel fire rings provided on each campsite. Wood only, no coal or charcoal. One campfire per site.
  • Campfires are permitted in connection with park sponsored living history programs at Spangler’s Spring, Pitzer Woods and Pennsylvania Monument encampment areas.
  • Only camp stoves (propane, butane) may be utilized in the designated picnicareas – South Confederate Avenue and the designated picnic areas at the Visitor Center. No coal or charcoal grills permitted.
  • Any other campfires will be permitted only in connection with a Special Use Permit.

(b) Fires must be extinguished according to the following conditions:
  • All authorized campfires in the park must be attended at all times and completely extinguished when not attended.

36 CFR §2.15 – Pets

(a)(1) The following structures and/or areas are closed to the possession of pets, except guide dogs accompanying visually impaired persons or hearing ear dogs accompanying hearing impaired persons:
  • Gettysburg National Cemetery and Annex
  • Within the 44th NY Monument, Culp’s Hill Tower, Longstreet Tower, Oak RidgeTower, Peace Light Memorial, and Pennsylvania Monument
  • Within the Visitor Center/Museum and all public offices and structures in Gettysburg NMP and Eisenhower NHS
  • Pet owners cannot allow any pet to enter near or upon any monument, marker, cultural or archeological structure/object within Gettysburg NMP. Pet owners will not allow their pets to relieve themselves on any monument, marker, cultural or archeological structure/object within Gettysburg NMP.
  • The McMillan Woods Youth Campground and adjacent parking lots, including the horse trailer parking lot.
(a)(3) Pets may be left unattended and tied to an object in the following areas, under the conditions noted:
  • In picnic areas, pets may be tied to picnic tables or tethered in the area while the owner/handler is present; however, pets may not be left unattended.

(a)(5) Pet excrement must be disposed of in accordance with the following conditions:
  • All pet excrement must be immediately collected and disposed of in refuse containers by the pet owner.

(e) Pets may be kept by park residents under the following conditions:
  • Park residents may keep pets provided the resident can provide proof of valid registration and vaccinations in accordance with state and local regulations.

36 CFR §2.16 – Horses and Pack Animals

(b) The use of horses or pack animals is allowed on the following trails, routes or areas:
  • Horseback riding is permitted on the established trails marked by symbolic Horse Trail signs and upon short direct routes or trails connecting the Horse Trail to neighboring property as approved under Special Use Permit through the Chief Ranger’s Office.
  • The use of horse drawn vehicles on established horse trails is prohibited.
  • The designated parking area for horse trailers is the western most portion of the parking area at the McMillan Woods Campground. The area is signed.
  • The Slyder Farm trail is closed to horses Monday – Friday during the months of April, May, and October due to its use for student education programs.

(g) Other conditions concerning the use of horses or pack animals:
  • The operation of horse- or other animal-drawn vehicles on park roadways is only allowed under the terms and conditions of a Special Use Permit.
  • Operators of horse- or animal-drawn vehicles will conform to the Pennsylvania motor vehicle code, Title 75 sections 3103 (Traffic Regulation applicable), Section 4303(e) (Lighting Requirements) and section 4529 (Slow Moving Vehicle emblem required). All such vehicles shall utilize manure catchers as part of the tack.
  • All wheeled conveyances will be operated on the paved road only and not on the horse trail.
  • Horse trail riding will not be allowed 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.
  • 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 of the park by the animal’s owner or rider. Horses are not permitted on any area of the actual campground or any campsite.

36 CFR §2.17 – Aircraft and Air Delivery

(c)(1) The removal of a downed aircraft, components, or parts thereof is subject to procedures established by the Superintendent through written authorization.

(d) FAA regulations may be found in 14 CFR Chapter 1.

36 CFR §2.18 – Snowmobiles

(c) The use of snowmobiles is prohibited in Gettysburg NMP, Gettysburg National Cemetery & Annex and Eisenhower NHS.

36 CFR §2.19 – Winter Activities

(a) The following park roads and/or parking areas open to motor vehicle traffic may be used for skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, inner tubing, tobogganing, and similar winter activities under the conditions noted:
  • Sledding and other forms of winter recreational activities are permitted in the following locations:
    • East Cemetery Hill (east side – toward Wainwright Avenue)
    • Oak Ridge Hill

36 CFR §2.20 – Skating, Skateboards and Similar Devices

The use of roller skates, skateboards, roller skis, coasting vehicles, or similar devices are allowed only in the following areas:
  • Only those areas within the curtilage of a park residence are designated for the use of roller skates, skateboards, or similar devices by park residents and their guests.

36 CFR §2.21 – Smoking

(a) The following portions of the park, or all or portions of buildings, structures or facilities are closed to smoking as noted:
  • Smoking in all park buildings is prohibited.

36 CFR §2.22 – Property

(a)(2) Leaving property unattended for longer than 24 hours is prohibited.
  • Geo-caching is prohibited in Gettysburg NMP, Gettysburg National Cemetery & Annex and Eisenhower NHS. Virtual geo-caching is authorized.

36 CFR §2.35 – Alcoholic Beverages and Controlled Substances

(a)(3)(i) The following public use areas, portions of public use areas, and/or public facilities within the park are closed to consumption of alcoholic beverages, and/or to the possession of a bottle, can or other receptacle containing an alcoholic beverage that is open, or has been opened, or whose seal has been broken or the contents of which have been partially removed:
  • All areas of Gettysburg NMP, Gettysburg National Cemetery and Eisenhower NHS are closed to the consumption of alcoholic beverages or the possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage, with the following exceptions:
    • Park Residences
    • Park buildings under lease or rental agreements
    • By permit only (permits issued by the Chief Ranger’s Office)

The superintendent has determined that the possession and consumption of alcohol within the park would be inappropriate considering its other uses and the purpose for which it is maintained and was established.

36 CFR §4.11 – Vehicle Load, Weight and Size Limits

(a) The following load, weight and size limits, which are more restrictive than State law, apply to the roads indicated under the terms and conditions, and/or under permit as noted:
  • Vehicle load, weight and size limits are addressed in sections 4921 through 4925 of The Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, Title 75
  • Vehicles exceeding 35 foot in length are prohibited on the following park avenues:
  • South Sickles Avenue between the intersection with Warren Avenue and Ayres Avenue.
  • Hunt Avenue, Wright Avenue and Howe Avenue along their entire length.
  • No vehicles exceeding eight (8) feet in width are permitted to be operated on park avenues or roadways without a permit and escort.
  • Per Memorandum to Files dated February 12, 1992, the park and Cumberland Township authorities resolved to restrict commercial truck traffic on Wheatfield Road To vehicles weighing less than 13 tons (26,000 pounds).

36 CFR §4.21 – Speed Limits

(b) The following speed limits are established for the routes/roads indicated:
  • The speed limit on all park roads and avenues is 25 miles per hour.
  • The speed limit within all parking lots is 15 miles per hour.
  • The speed limit on all unpaved roads is 5 miles per hour.
  • The speed limits on Pennsylvania roadways within the park boundaries are determined and posted by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
These speed limits differ from the speed limits established by regulation in 36 CFR § 4.21(a) based on the determination that the established speed limits were unreasonable, unsafe and inconsistent with the purposes for which a park area was established.

36 CFR §4.30 – Bicycles

(a) The use of a bicycle is prohibited except on park roads and parking lots.
  • The grounds and roadways of the Gettysburg National Cemetery and Annex are closed to the use of bicycles. Bicycles may be dismounted and walked within the National Cemetery & Annex.
  • No bicycle shall be operated off established roadways. Bicycles shall not be ridden on sidewalks, trails or cross country; bicycles must be walked in these locations.
  • To reduce the inherent hazards of operating bicycles on several of the State highways that run through the park, bicycles may be operated in a careful and prudent manner in opposition to the one-way direction of traffic on one-way park roads.

36 CFR §5.6 Commercial Vehicles

(b) & (c) Using commercial vehicles on government roads within park areas when such use is in no way connected with the operation of the park is generally prohibited, and requires permission or a permit from the Superintendent.
  • Per Memorandum to Files dated February 12, 1992, the park and Cumberland Township authorities resolved to restrict commercial truck traffic on Wheatfield Road to vehicles weighing less than 13 tons (26,000 pounds). Commercial vehicles weighing less than 13 tons are permitted on Wheatfield Road.
  • Commercial vehicles are permitted on Millerstown Road.

36 CFR PART 12 – National Cemetery Regulations

12.4 Special Events and Demonstrations

In addition to events conducted for Memorial Day and Veterans Day, the following dates are designated as dates of special historic significance to the Gettysburg National Cemetery and Annex. Events conducted in commemoration of those dates are permitted as well as flying the POW/MIA Flag:

  • Armed Forces Day (Third Saturday in May)
  • June 14 Flag Day
  • July 4 Independence Day
  • August 23 Cemetery Annex Rededication Day
  • National POW/MIA Recognition Day (Third Friday in September)
  • November 19 National Cemetery Dedication Day
  • December 7 Pearl Harbor Day
12.10 Floral and Commemorative Tributes

The placing of wreaths and floral items is subject to the following restrictions:

  • Fresh cut flowers may be placed on graves at any time.
  • Coins and other metal objects are not permitted to be placed on headstones or monuments; these objects can cause staining of the stone surfaces.
  • Artificial flowers and potted plants shall be permitted on graves during the period from October 10 through April 15. In areas where the growing season extends generally the year round, artificial flowers and potted plants shall be permitted on graves 10 days before through 10 days after Easter Sunday and Memorial Day.
  • During the Christmas season, Christmas wreaths, floral grave blankets and other floral arrangements shall be permitted commencing December 1 and allowed to remain on the grave through January 20 of each year. Grave floral blankets shall not be larger in size than two by three feet (2' x 3').
  • Permanent plantings, statues, vigil lights, balloon display, breakable objects of any kind, and similar commemorative items are not permitted on graves at any time. These and other hazardous objects shall be removed by cemetery personnel whenever found on a grave.
  • Floral items and other types of decorations shall not be secured or attached to the headstone or commemorative monument.
  • Flowers shall be removed from graves and disposed of by cemetery personnel when they become withered, faded, or otherwise unsightly. All floral items which conflict with normal grounds maintenance may be removed.
  • In order to remain responsive to the public, artificial flowers and other commemorative or religious items that are placed on graves in violation of the conditions stated above shall be removed by cemetery personnel. Such items may be held in an inconspicuous holding area for retrieval by the owners for a period of one (1) month prior to disposal.
  • Florists shall not be permitted to deliver flowers to a grave and leave them thereon without removing and taking away all boxes, wrapping paper, or other packaging materials.
  • Permanent in-ground flower containers are not authorized for placement in any National Cemetery. Existing containers may remain until they become unserviceable.
  • Occasionally visitors leave small Confederate flags at monuments and headstones throughout the park. GETT staff considers these to be mementos left out of respect. The park staff leave them for a few days and then collect and discard them in order to maintain a clean orderly appearance. This includes in the Gettysburg National Cemetery. Per Superintendents Memo – July 13, 2015
A color map showing the First Amendment Rights Exercise Areas. The top map shows the area near the Eternal Light Peace Memorial and the lower maps shows the areas in between the Taneytown Road and the Emmitsburg Road.
First Amendment Rights Exercise Areas.

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