Gettysburg National Military Park encompasses a total area of almost 4,000 acres of land in the town and borough of Gettysburg, in Adams County, Pennsylvania, approximately 50 miles northwest of Baltimore. There are several routes that you can use to get to the park. If you are traveling from east to west, follow US 30, and you will get to park relatively easily. Alternatively, if you are driving from North to South, follow US 15.
Gettysburg National Military Park has a lot of historical significance to the United States for several reasons. For starters, the great Civil War battle was fought here July 1-3, 1863. The battle was one of the goriest in the great Civil War and led to the death, wounding, or capture of about 51,000 soldiers. The war was also pivotal because the Confederate invasion of the North was repulsed here.
Additionally, President Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address at the site where he dedicated the Gettysburg National Cemetery on November 19, 1863. This military park was established in February of 1895 and was much later handed for administration and management to the War Department, (along with the cemetery) on August 1933. Much later, the park was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1966.
Besides the historical significance of the park, the Gettysburg National Military Park is also popular for several recreational activities including bicycling, camping, guided tours, auto tour, and interpretive programs. The amenities available at the park include self-guided tours, a picnic area, youth group campsites, restrooms, bicycle trail, museum, visitor center, and the Cyclorama Center.
You can bring your dog to the Gettysburg National Military Park, but some rules must be adhered to. First, you are not allowed to bring your dog into Soldiers' National Cemetery, the visitor center, and museum, or to any other park building. Most other places are open to you and your pooch, but it is essential to confirm before venturing into park spaces. You are also expected to keep your pooch restrained at all times and clean up after your dog as well.