Bring your own horse for a horseback riding vacation at Artillery Ridge Campground.
Horses for Your Horseback Riding Vacation
Artillery Ridge Campground is the horse headquarters for Gettysburg. The campground is adjacent to the battlefield, with one of the trails just across the road. It has well-built, well-maintained box stalls. Shavings are provided, but you are expected to muck out. If you don’t, they charge a $20 cleaning fee. They also have about a dozen spacious open paddocks. Overnight prices are between $15-25, depending on whether you want a stall or paddock and if you are staying at the campground. You’ll need to show proof of negative results for a Coggins test.
The campground also has a stable of well-trained trail horses they use for rides in the battlefield. There’s a one-hour scenic trail ride with no historical elements for $40 or a two-hour historic tour for $75. Groups of six or more can arrange for a two-hour ride with a licensed guide for $150 or a four-hour ride for $300. They campground needs 3-4 weeks to set that up.
The trails are maintained by volunteers of the Gettysburg Equestrian Historical Society (GEHS), which works closely with the NPS. If not for them, the trails would close, since the NPS can’t afford the upkeep. Several times a year, they hold a guided, 4-hour, fund-raising ride. There’s a discount if you stay at the campground that weekend.
The trails are very rocky, so unless your horse has very well-conditioned hoofs, they need to be shod or have protective boots. The trails are wide and the trail maps are quite good. You will have to cross public roads several times, but the traffic moves slowly through the park and stops for horses. Riders are not allowed to go faster than a walk, and going off the trails is completely forbidden. Don’t even think about trying to gallop across the battlefield.