The Billy Yank Trail is a 10 mile hike, which takes approximately 6 hours to complete. The trail snakes through historic landmarks and monuments relating to the Battle of Gettysburg. The trail has no access to water along the way so bring plenty of water.
This trail was set up by the local Boy Scouts of America Council and is meant to be a historical experience. Booklets are available in the visitor's center for about $2. The booklet contains historic information, directions and spaces for information that can be filled in at each stop, for scouts who wish to earn the patches and medal that go with the trail system.
Unfortunately, while the booklet holds directions it does not offer a map of the trails.
This trail goes along with the Johny Reb Trail, Eisenhower Farm, Gettysburg Guided Tour, and the Visitors Center.
Gettysburg National Military Park is located in Adams County, Pennsylvania. The museum and visitor center is located at 1195 Baltimore Pike (Route 97) with a back entrance from the Taneytown Road (State Rt. 134). From North or South, follow US 15 to Gettysburg and watch for signs to direct you to the National Park Service Museum and Visitor Center. The signs are near the exit at Rt. 97. Go north on Route 97 and look for the visitor center entrance, which will be on your left at the stoplight. From East or West, drive into Gettysburg on US Rt. 30, turn South on Baltimore Street (Rt. 97), and follow signs to the entrance of the visitor center, which will be on your right at the stoplight.
Parking lots at the Gettysburg Museum and Visitor Center. Lots 1 and 2 are closest to the building with handicapped spaces available. The main entrance is from the Baltimore Pike, Rt. 97.
Visitor Information: 717-334-1124, extension 8023.
Gettysburg National Military Park
1195 Baltimore Pike, Suite 100
Gettysburg, PA 17325-2804