Miles of scenic trails, cozy pet-friendly lodging and a vibrant downtown await you and your four-legged travel companion. Check out some of our favorite stops for a “paw-some” adventure in Gettysburg!
Grab your pup’s leash and head out to Gettysburg National Military Park, where you can walk in the footsteps of the soldiers who fought here more than 160 years ago. Take an easy stroll along paved roads beside beautifully crafted monuments or venture out to wooded trails where you might spot some critters.
While the entire battlefield is worth exploring, two monuments in particular are must-sees for dog lovers. The 11th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment Monument on Doubleday Avenue pays homage to Sallie, a brave dog that accompanied soldiers to battle and kept watch over the wounded. If you’re a fan of big dogs, you have to visit the Irish Brigade Monument on Sickles Avenue, which features a life-sized Irish wolfhound.
Along with local eateries, tasting rooms and museums, Downtown Gettysburg has dozens of boutiques and shops that are within walking distance to each other, and many of them gladly welcome dogs.
Take a historic downtown walking tour with a licensed town guide and bring your furry travel companion along. Signs of the 1863 battle still linger throughout town, and if you walk with a professional guide, you won’t miss a thing. If you want to see the spooky side of Gettysburg, try a nighttime ghost tour.
If your pup is ready to burn some energy, you’ll want to visit Gettysburg Rec Park on Long Lane, less than a mile from Lincoln Square. There’s a fenced-in dog park with two separate areas for big and small dogs where you can let your canine run loose. This public borough park includes playgrounds, restrooms and ball fields, plus trails for walking, biking and running. On Saturdays in April through October, this park is home to Adams County Farmers Market, where you can get fresh produce and meet the people who grow it.
We know the battlefield is Gettysburg’s best-known attraction, but you’d be missing out if you didn’t expand your visit to the countryside that surrounds it. The rolling hills and fertile soil of Adams County are home to multi-generational family farms growing delicious food and offering fun outdoor activities.
Explore those farms and more on our Adams County Crop Hop trail. It is your guide to farms, markets and agricultural excursions.
After a fun-filled day of exploring Gettysburg, you need a place to curl up for the night. Don’t worry—we have several pet-friendly hotels, campgrounds and bed & breakfasts that will accommodate you during your next stay.