Accessibility in the Park

Gettysburg Museum and Visitor Center Information Desk where National Park Service staff is helping visitors.

Gettysburg National Military Park has more than 26 miles of paved roads open for touring by private vehicle. Visitors with special needs may tour the park on their own with the use of the Official Map and Guide that includes a map of the park and self-guiding auto tour, or with a licensed battlefield guide (recommended), both of which area available at the National Park Service Museum and Visitor Center at 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg. Access to exhibits at tour stops are designed to be mobility friendly and accessible though uneven surfaces and weather may affect access.

 

The Battlefield

For Those With Mobility Impairments: Touring may be done in your own vehicle. Battlefield bus tours are also available at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. Wayside plaques and exhibits along the tour route are partially accessible on paths and in flat, grass covered areas. Restrooms at the South End and West End Comfort Stations are handicapped accessible.

Motorized scooters used for mobility are allowed anywhere in Gettysburg National Military that is open to the public including roadways, walkways, mowed areas and established trails and where a scooter can be used safely. You must use your own judgment in determining what areas of the park are safe to travel with your motorized scooter.

Please be aware that conditions along trails can change quickly based on site conditions and weather.

For Those With Hearing Impairments: The free park map and guide available at the Visitor Center is keyed to the self-guiding tour signs along the park roads. Wayside exhibits with text and visual illustrations are also located throughout the park. With advance notice, ASL services can be coordinated by the park to accompany a battlefield tour or program.

For Those With Sight Impairments: Visitors may wish to hire a licensed battlefield guide at the Visitor Center. The guide will present a two-hour tour in your own vehicle. Audio narration of the Gettysburg battlefield auto tour is available by downloading the official National Park Service app. The official park map and guide is available in braille at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. Audio descriptions of the park map and guide are also available online.


Park Buildings

Museum and Visitor Center

For information regarding accessibility in the Museum and Visitor Center, please visit the Gettysburg Foundation Guest Guidelines & Policies page.


The David Wills House

For Those With Mobility Impariments: The Wills House is fully accessible. Restrooms are located on the first floor and access to the second floor is by elevator. For those with hearing or sight impariments, there is a variety of written information and sound assistance devices available for your use. Ask at the information desk for assistance.


Walking Trails in the Park

The two major self-guided walking tours are the Cemetery Ridge Trail Walking Tour and the National Cemetery Walking Tour. The guide for the National Cemetery Walking Tour is available at the park information desk or through the official National Park Service app. The booklet for the Cemetery Ridge Trail is available in the park bookstore or for free through the National Park Service app.

For Those With Mobility Impairments: There are pedestrian trails at Big and Little Round Top, at Devil's Den, and across the field of Pickett's Charge. These trails are over uneven earthen terrain with very limited paved areas. Extra caution should be used in these areas. Approximately 50% of the Cemetery Ridge Trail is accessible over level paved ground. The National Cemetery has paved roads and may be toured by vehicle. Notify the park ranger at the Visitor Center information desk for approval to enter the cemetery by vehicle. The burial areas are mown grass.

For Those With Hearing Impairments: Park trails have printed guides available. Ask for assistance at the Museum and Visitor Center information desk.


Eisenhower National Historic Site

The home and farm of the 34th President of the United States is located adjacent to Gettysburg National Military Park. The site is open to visitors through the use of a shuttle bus system. All tours begin at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. The three mile bus ride to and from the site takes about seven minutes. Visitors may spend as much time as they like at the Eisenhower farm.

For Those With Mobility Impairments: For those unable to board the shuttle bus, arrangements can be made to drive to the site. Ask at the Visitor Center information desk. The first floor of the house is accessible with staff assistance. The second floor requires a climb up a flight of stairs. A photo book of the second floor is available. The grounds around the house are gently rolling paved paths. Restrooms are not accessible. A wheelchair loan is available on a first-come, first-serve basis and is free of charge.

For Those With Hearing Impairments: Tours of the house and grounds are available in printed form.

For Those With Sight Impairments: Rangers are available throughout the site to provide information and assistance. A large print guide to the house is available for those with reduced vision.

Eisenhower National Historic Site

 

Online Accessible Content

  • A park ranger points across a green field to two hills in the background.

    Virtual Tour

    We offer all our visitors the opportunity to experience the battlefield, no matter where you are, with our park-wide virtual tour!

  • Yellow leaves on the ground and small U.S. flags fly over graves in the Soldiers' National Cemetery.

    National Cemetery Virtual Tour

    This five-stop Virtual Tour includes photographs and a Gettysburg Address video so that all visitors can experience this hallowed ground.

  • A 3D cut away view of the interior of the David Wills House.

    3D Tours

    Take a 3D tour of five different buildings at Gettysburg NMP and Eisenhower NHS.

  • The Irish Wolfhound guards the Irish Brigade monument.

    Photo Gallery

    Our photo gallery page contains pictures from throughout the park.

  • These Then & Now pictures compare the battlefield from over 150 years ago with present day pictures.

    Then and Now Pictures

    Use the slider to show what the battlefield looked like over 150 years ago compared to what it looks like today!

Last updated: October 5, 2022

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