View History From Horseback
Tour Civil War battlefields and 200-year-old plantations.
September 22, 2008
It was the turning point of the Civil War and the bloodiest battle ever fought on American soil. Beginning on the first day of July 1863 and lasting for three days, the Battle of Gettysburg ended with Gen. George Pickett's unsuccessful charge against the center of the Union forces.
The Pennsylvania battlefield is one of the Middle Atlantic states' most popular tourist attractions. Exploring the sites on foot is memorable, but riders can experience an even greater perspective horseback. And thanks to the Artillery Ridge Campgrounds, you can see Gettysburg on your own horse.
Artillery Ridge Campgrounds offers stalls, corrals, campsites with electricity and water hookups, tent areas and log cabins. Camping fees include use of hot showers, wireless Internet, a swimming pool, games, playground, laundry, fishing ponds and free admission to the Battlefield Diorama.
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Artillery Ridge's knowledgeable guides lead two-hour mounted tours that include the route Pickett's charge took. No gait faster than walking is permitted on the 23 miles of trails, but rigorous riding is beside the point of going to Gettysburg. Nor do you need to be a Civil War buff to come away with a profound sense of the sweep of the event and a personal understanding of what the soldiers on both sides faced during this signal point of our history.
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