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Contact: Jason Martz
GETTYSBURG, PA. – Gettysburg National Military Park announces that Devil’s Den will reopen to visitors on Friday, September 30.
A six-month rehabilitation project was necessary to address significant erosion along walkways and unauthorized social trails that created safety hazards. The project reestablished the features that make up this segment of the battlefield and will allow visitors to better immerse themselves into the historic landscape that is essential to understanding the three-day Battle of Gettysburg.
Numerous safety measures were included in this project.
The project provided a major increase in ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) trail surface by 214%, from 700 square feet to 2,200 square feet.
The project decreased the overall hardscape (trail surface) by 70 square feet. The increase to overall greenspace, and additional water runoff mitigation efforts, will better absorb, deflect, and slow water runoff and decrease the chances for future landscape erosion.
Slip resistant granite steps replaced uneven and worn stone steps throughout the project area. The slip resistant steps provide a consistent, rough surface (even when wet) that will provide a safer walking surface for visitors throughout the year.
Although the area will reopen to visitors, one central area will remain fenced to allow more time for further vegetation growth. The fencing in this area will remain until native grasses have fully established. This process may take up to two growing seasons – up to 2024. In the interim, all non-native vegetation will continue to be treated within the entire project area.
For more information about this project, including project timeline, photos, and maps, please visit our website at https://go.nps.gov/DevilsDenRehab.
Last updated: September 29, 2022