Gettysburg National Military Park offers the Big Round Top Loop Trails for hikers who wish to see much of the park by foot. Most visitors to Gettysburg elect to use the 40+ miles of paved road in the park to drive to the various points of interest within the park.
Bicycles are welcome at Gettysburg National Military Park, but are restricted to paved roads. Riding bicycles on walking trails is prohibited. The park advises cyclists to please be aware of the crowded conditions during the summer months, as well as the weekends during spring and autumn.
Gettysburg National Military Park offers mutiple ways to tour the park. The self-guided auto tour provides information for automobiles touring of the park. There are numbered stops along the tour route, and visitors may park their cars and take their time viewing the monuments and field exhibits as they drive from site to site.
Gettysburg National Military Park offers free ranger guided programs that serve to educate visitors on the rich history and cultural legacy of the park. Programs vary, but are most frequent during the summer months and on weekends. Visitors to the park are advised to check in at the visitor center for which programs will run during their stay.
In addition the free tours offered by park rangers, visitors may wish to hire a Licensed Battlefield Guide. These individuals will drive your personal vehicle around the park as part of an extremely informative two hour tour. Guides are assigned to vehicles on a first come, first served basis beginning at 8:00 am each day. Guides may be reserved up to seven days prior to your visit by calling 1-877-874-2478. A car reservation for 1-6 people is $45.00.
The Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center is a world class American Civil War museum which houses one of the largest collections of civil war relics and artifacts in the world. The museum is free of charge, and these historical collections are available for public viewing during regular hours. Regular hours are 8am-5pm September through May, and 8am-6pm June through August.
Soldier's National Cemetary is across from the Visitor Center and is the resting place for the Union Soldiers who perished in the Battle of Gettysburg. President Abraham Lincoln delivered his famous Gettysburg Address at this site on November 19, 1863.