Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and the surrounding countryside offer plenty of opportunities to get out and explore the great outdoors while following safe travel practices and social distancing guidelines. Check out this list and plan your road trip to Gettysburg!
Orchards cover more than 20,000 acres of land in Adams County, PA providing beautiful scenery and a bounty of delicious fruit. Pick-your-own produce at Hollabaugh Bros. Inc. Fruit Farm and Market or Boyer Nurseries & Orchards. Depending on the season, you can pick cherries, strawberries, blueberries and of course, apples. Fruit hits different when it’s plucked straight from the tree.
2. Battlefield Tour
Scoot around Gettysburg National Military Park in a colorful little electric car or get an overhead view from a double decker bus. Battlefield tours come in many open-air varieties – you’re sure to find one for you. Also consider touring by bicycle, Segway, scooter, horseback, carriage and by foot. Most tours include an option to have a Licensed Battlefield Guide lead the way so you can soak in the history of the hallowed grounds, or you can privately enjoy the experience with only the members of your family or group.
3. Hike, Swim or Kayak at a Local Park
Gettysburg is surrounded by several beautiful state parks and forests perfect for swimming, biking, hiking, fishing, kayaking, picnicking and disc golfing – just to name a few. Pick a park and plan a day of outdoor adventures and fun. Local parks include:
- Strawberry Hill – 11 miles from downtown Gettysburg
- Michaux State Forest – 14 miles from downtown Gettysburg
- Caledonia State Park – 15 miles from downtown Gettysburg
- Pine Grove Furnace State Park – 17 miles from downtown Gettysburg
- Codorus State Park – 17 miles from downtown Gettysburg
- Mont Alto State Park – 21 miles from downtown Gettysburg
- Cunningham Falls State Park – 23 miles from downtown Gettysburg
- Gifford Pinchot State Park – 28 miles from downtown Gettysburg
- Kings Gap Environmental Education Center – 29 miles from downtown Gettysburg
4. Go Camping
There’s nothing quite like a camping trip to bring the family together. Gettysburg’s campgrounds offer cabin, RV, camper and tent camping with a variety of amenities including swimming pools, miniature golf, hand dipped ice cream, nature trails, living history and more. Don’t forget your camping essentials: blankets, pillows, fire starter, mountain pie makers, yard games, bug spray, cleaning wipes, hand sanitizer, masks and all the ingredients for ooey gooey s’mores!
6. Orvis Hill Country Shooting Grounds
Orvis Hill Country is one of the area’s newest outdoor activities. Nestled in the rolling hills of Blue Ridge Summit, this beautiful 15-station course is updated with new traps and cages across its 500 acres. Whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned hunter, Orvis welcomes you for an afternoon of outdoor pursuits.
As we move forward, defining what the “new normal” looks like together, Destination Gettysburg wants to assure our new and returning visitors that we stand committed to the safety of our travelers, residents and community as our first priority. For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 mandates in Gettysburg, please visit our Safe Travel page. Note: Masks are required in all public places.