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Anyone trail-ride recently at Gettysburg?

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  • Anyone trail-ride recently at Gettysburg?

    My friend and I are planning to hit the trails at Gettysburg on Monday the 19th. Has anyone been recently, and if so, how are the conditions?

    I've only ever ridden there once before; it was probably 6-7 years ago. From what I remember then, there were a few areas which were quite muddy, and we didn't go right after a hard rain. I've heard they've done improvements over the last few years though.

    Also, any idea if the "Future Trail Improvement" by Rose Farm is finished yet? (I downloaded the trail map, which appears to have been last updated in 2005.)

    Thanks for your help!
    *friend of bar.ka

    "Evidently, I am an unrepentant b*tch, possible trouble maker, and all around super villian"

  • #2
    Not hugely recently, but we went at the beginning of November and though many sections of the trails were perfectly dry and serviceable (most of them, actually) when we got into the woods and hills near Little Round Top, that's where it got mucky. Like several points were up-to-draft-horse-knees-and-hocks mucky with no easy way around.

    This was after we'd called ahead to see about conditions and were assured that they were perfectly fine so take that with a grain of salt.
    The Trials and Jubilations of a Twenty-Something Re-rider
    Happy owner of Kieran the mostly-white-very-large-not-pony.


    • #3
      I live locally around gettysburg and frequently go there to ride. Last fall they redid a lot of their trails and put in some sort of all weather footing. It's very nice because you can go there and ride the day after it rains and not get into mud. I'm not sure what map you're looking at but they did put in a new loop also this past fall.

      I would not ride around the Round Tops unless it is a nice day and has been for a quite a few days. The mud there can get deep and there are some rocks to avoid. This is the only part of the trail that you have to worry about with mud.


      • #4
        I ride there several times a year since I live in the area.

        Little round top can be a nightmare mud wise. We also had some issues a while ago with the section from Sedgwicks monument to New Jersey.


        • #5
          Agree with what has been posted so far about the condition of the trails -

          One piece of advice that I would give is to make sure that you stay on the marked trail! My friend and I were yacking, went off course, got a bit lost, and decided to hack on the road. A big NO NO! A park ranger was on us within minutes, and redirected us back to the trail.

          Have fun!


          • #6
            Never have been there, but sounds like a very nice place to ride, with tons of history.

            Dumb question - Can you ride on the Battlefields?

            Have fun!
            MnToBe Twinkle Star: "Twinkie"

            Proud member of the "Don't rush to kill wildlife" clique!


            • #7
              I too was curious - are the trails mostly wooded, or do you ride open fields also?

              My friend went last year and said it was terribly rocky - so bad she said she personally wouldn't go back but she is the only person I have heard to ever say that. Most seem to enjoy it alot.


              • #8
                They have paths/trails specifically for horses, and you must stay on the path, or the not so nice rangers will be all over you!!! They don't appreciate riding in the grass, fields, lawns, or roads that are not made for horses.


                • #9

                  Here is a trail map


                  And here is some more Gettysburg trail information
                  there is a weekend for free camping 4/23-4/25

                  The trail cuts across the field of Picketts Charge...... with the monuments of Lee and Meade opposing each other.
                  The book, Killer Angels is excellent reading prior to riding the park.......especially understanding Lees order for Pickett to charge Meade across an open field into certain death.

                  And a little known fact, the Chamberlain visited his position at the Little Round Top (20th Maine) each year until his death.

                  The great reunion of 1913

                  To ride the park is to ride Hallowed ground, to visit the Eternal Light is where Lincoln stood, each monument placed where men stood those fateful July days 1863.

                  Also, at Gettysburg, a statue that has all four of the horse's hooves on the ground means that the rider survived the battle without a scratch. One foot raised means the person was wounded but survived, and both forelegs raised indicates that the man was killed at Gettysburg. There is one exception; the horse in the statue of General John Sedgwick has all four feet on the ground. Sedgwick was killed in action, but at Spotsylvania, not Gettysburg.
                  Last edited by brightskyfarm; Apr. 19, 2010, 05:40 PM.
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                  • Original Poster

                    Well, we rode the battlefield today and had a wonderful time-- the weather was awesome, no bugs, and the mud on the section by the Round Tops was mucky, but really not that bad-- nothing our horses weren't used to. Actually, we had more problems at the few creek crossings than we did with the mud, because our horses wre no stranger to muck every now and then.

                    For those who haven't been there, I'd say it's about 50/50 for woods vs. fields... My OTTB tends to have meltdowns when in open fields, so the first 1/3 of our ride (fields) was pretty crappy, but once we hit the woods-y section through Big Round Top and Little Round Top, he settled down quite a bit. There are a couple of sections where you ride along the road with one-way park traffic, but these are short, only a few hundred yards if that-- most of the trail is comfortably off the road except for an occasional crossing every now and then.
                    *friend of bar.ka

                    "Evidently, I am an unrepentant b*tch, possible trouble maker, and all around super villian"


                    • #11
                      Glad you had a good ride. I hope to ride there some time myself (have walked it as part of an office "staff ride"- fortunately when we did Pickett's charge it was not in July!!!)
                      Appy Trails,
                      Kathy, Cadet & CCS Silinde
                      member VADANoVA www.vadanova.org


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by BellaLuna View Post
                        Agree with what has been posted so far about the condition of the trails -

                        One piece of advice that I would give is to make sure that you stay on the marked trail! My friend and I were yacking, went off course, got a bit lost, and decided to hack on the road. A big NO NO! A park ranger was on us within minutes, and redirected us back to the trail.

                        Have fun!
                        While it is true that you can't ride on the park roads, you can ride on the public roads that also go through the park. We didn't get a chance to do it when we were there a few years ago, but one of the employees at the horse camp told us about it.
                        Lapeer ... a small drinking town with a farming problem.
                        Proud Closet Canterer!