Gettysburg Campgrounds offer more than just a place to pitch a tent. They offer a glimpse into history, and tons of fun things to do in the present. In case you’re not familiar with the history behind Gettysburg, it’s important to know that the Battle of Gettysburg was a turning point in the Civil War. It was this Union victory that ended General Robert E. Lee’s second and most ambitious invasion of the North. Often referred to as the “High Water Mark of the Rebellion”, Gettysburg was the Civil War’s bloodiest battle and was also the inspiration for President Abraham Lincoln’s immortal “Gettysburg Address.”
Millions of Civil War history buffs, re-enactors, and patriots visit Gettysburg just to learn more about this historic battle, to tour the battlefields, and to explore our country’s history. Others come just for the camping, fishing, hiking, and outdoor activities. For whatever reason you’re here, there are campgrounds, activities, museums, and shops, educational programs and more that make camping in and around Gettysburg a memorable time.
Before making reservations at any campground, visit their website and look at their rules and regulations regarding campfires, alcohol, pets, and firewood. Some campgrounds allow more than one vehicle at a site for no extra charge, others charge for each additional vehicle – even if you’re towing your car behind your RV.
Many campgrounds require you buy your firewood from them, and don’t allow you to bring in your own wood, nor do they allow you to collect wood in the area, or cut trees (yes, even dead ones) down for wood.
Most of the campsites around Gettysburg have on-site stores, but check to see how close the nearest grocery stores are to ensure you don’t spend a lot of time driving to and fro to pick up forgotten supplies. The term “Full-hookups” means water, electric and sewer connections, but some sites may actually only have water and electric. Some sites allow popup tents, others do not. Ask before you make your reservation so you know what to expect when you arrive.
McMillan Woods Youth Campground – Gettysburg Campgrounds
1195 Baltimore Pike
Gettysburg, PA 17325
If you’re part of a scouting or other organized youth group visiting Gettysburg National Military Park, consider camping at McMillan Woods Youth Campground. The campground is located in the park on West Confederate Avenue. It’s open from early April through the end of October every year. Any organized youth group with adequate adult supervision (minimum of one adult for every 10 youths) is welcome to use the camping area. Camping here is by reservation only and campsites are reserved on a first come, first served basis. Adults who accompany every group must be supervisors such as troop scoutmasters or youth counselors; family members are not permitted to camp with their child’s organization.
There are nine portable toilets and one handicapped unit, two potable water faucets, and a trash receptacle at the campground. There are ten campsites, each with a picnic table and fire ring. Tents and dining canopies are the only shelters permitted. Campers or recreational vehicles are not permitted. Vehicles must remain in the parking lot only at all times! Camp stoves using propane or white gas are permitted. All wood fires must be contained within the fire ring. The park does not provide firewood. Trenching around tents is not allowed. Water provided is for drinking only. There are no shower facilities at the campground.
2030 Fairfield Road
Gettysburg, PA 17325
Toll Free: 1 888 879-2241
Phone: (717) 334-3304
Fax: (717) 334-4421
Gettysburg Campground is probably the premiere, most visited campground near Gettysburg.
Pets are welcome here, and the recreational amenities are astounding. They include a well-equipped game room, mini-golf, shuffleboard, volleyball, horseshoes and a children’s playground. There’s a pool for when the days get hot. If you run out of things to do, check out their activity schedule for planned activities each weekend.
Onsite facilities include: a laundry facility, LP gas, firewood, 2 dump stations, on-site pump-out service, cable TV, free Wi-Fi (most sites), and a country-style store with RV supplies, food, toys, Civil War collectibles, books, jewelry, clothing, and gifts. They also have a snack bar serving breakfast and lunch, as well as an ice cream parlor featuring hand-dipped Hershey’s Ice Cream. In addition, they have a large recreation hall available for use when it is not scheduled for a campground activity.
Downtown Gettysburg –
Nearby, in downtown Gettysburg, you will find Civil War battlefields, museums and exhibits, the Eisenhower Farm, ghost walks, great gift shops and restaurants, and many other great attractions. The campground makes a place to base camp for taking day trips to the Carlisle Car Shows, Hershey, Harpers Ferry, York, Harrisburg, and the Lancaster County Amish country. There are also bus tours to Gettysburg and Washington, DC from the campground. Trip Advisor: Ranked #1 for Specialty Lodging in Gettysburg and the site is AAA Approved.
This is a family campground offering 260 sites, 124 with water and electric, 116 offering full hookups, and 20 rustic tent sites, accommodating everything from a tent to the largest RVs. Their W/E and W/E/S site are a mix of pull-thru and back-in, that can accommodate literally any size RV. They have a laundry facility, dump station, and a recycling center. If you are new to the camping experience, they also have rustic cabins and full-facility cottages for rent.
Drummerboy Camp Resort – Gettysburg Campgrounds
1300 Hanover Street
Gettysburg, PA 17325
The Drummerboy camping resort offers 95 acres of wooded campgrounds and cabins in Gettysburg PA. They have over 400 sites available for seasonal and short term rental. Pets are welcome here. For the camper who wants more glamping than camping, the resort also has cabins, cottages and lofts to rent. Only four years old, the resort is still quite new. Within minutes of battlefield tours, ghost walks and newly constructed visitor center, they are conveniently located within easy driving to many area attractions in Washington D.C., Baltimore MD., Lancaster and Hershey Pennsylvania. The resort combines the picturesque countryside of Gettysburg and the Civil War Battlefields with modern amenities such as mini-golf, store, game room, golf cart rentals, whirlpool spa, two swimming pools, 250′ water slide and much more.
Roundtop Campground – Gettysburg Campgrounds
180 Knight Road
Gettysburg, PA 17325
Roundtop Campground has a lot to offer all its guests. There are full Hookups available, including cable & 50 amp electric, an Olympic Size Swimming Pool with a separate Kid’s Pool, a Sun Deck, 18-Hole Miniature Golf, Tennis, horseshoes, basketball, Shuffleboard, Wi-Fi Available for an extra charge, and more:
- Two Pavilions
- Clean Restrooms
- Hot Showers
- Laundry Room
- Store and Gift Shop
- Game Room
- Dump Station
- Lodge with Spacious Indoor Hall
- Porches and Sitting Area
- Seasonal Sites Available
- Pets Welcome, On Leash
- Movie Theatre
Granite Hill Camping Resort – Gettysburg Campgrounds
3340 Fairfield Road
Gettysburg, PA 17325
Phone: (717) 642-8749
Toll-Free Reservations: 1 (800) 642-8368
If you dream of camping on an authentic Civil War site, this scenic 150-acre Civil War era farm is the place to do it. The farm has a perfect mix of woodlands, tree-dotted meadows and grassy rolling hills, more than 300 private camping sites, including tent sites, pull-thru RV sites and rustic camping cabins in a wooded setting. They can also accommodate groups and rallies, family reunions, and more. Pets are welcome at the site. All season long, they offer a host of themed weekends and daily activities. Regularly scheduled activities at Granite Hill include games, crafts, hayrides, dances, bonfire socials, nature walks and ghost walks, all under the supervision of a full-time Activities Director.
Camp Gettysburg – Gettysburg Campgrounds
1960 Emmitsburg Road
Gettysburg, PA, 17325
Email: Form located on website
Located in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on the edge of the famous and historical Gettysburg battlefield, this family oriented campsite offers more than 264 sites, with 50 amp Max Electric, and 45’ Max RV length. There are pull through sites, shaded sites, and ten sites available. All sites have fire rings. The bathhouses are climate controlled, and there is an authentic farmhouse lodge, and battlefield reenactment grounds onsite. They do not provide firewood nor allow campers to gather wood onsite. You must purchase firewood at the General Store. There is no outside firewood permitted on the premises. Other amenities include:
- Adjacent to Historic Gettysburg Battlefield
- General Store
- Snack Bar with Hershey’s Hand Dipped Ice Cream
- Laundry Facilities
- Internet Access
- Dump Station and Honey Wagon
- Olympic Size Swimming Pool
- Stocked Lake with Catch & Release Fishing
- Nature Trails
- Beach Volleyball
- Corn Hole
- Planned & Themed Events & Activities
- Outdoor Pavilion
- Modern Cabins
Michaux State Forest – Gettysburg Campgrounds
10099 Lincoln Way
Michaux District Office
Fayetteville, PA 17222
Michaux State Forest encompasses more than 85,500 acres in the South Mountain area of:
- Cumberland County
- Franklin County
- Adams County
Considered Pennsylvania’s “cradle of forestry,” Michaux is the site of the first forestry school, Mont Alto. The forest is named for the French botanist, Andre Michaux, who discovered and named many plants during the 18th century. While there are no developed campgrounds primitive camping is permitted throughout the State Forest. There are numerous designated primitive campsites without developed facilities within the State Forest that can be reserved on a first come, first serve basis. However, primitive backpack camping is allowed throughout the entire forest. Campers are required to obtain a camping permit at no charge. Camping in groups of 10 or more requires a Letter of Authorization from the District Forester. Primitive backpack campers do not need a permit if they stay no more than one night at any campsite.
Greenbriar State Park – Gettysburg Campgrounds
Greenbrier State Park
21843 National Pike
Boonsboro, MD 21713-9535
Greenbrier is a multi-use park providing many kinds of recreation as well as camping. The Appalachian Trail passes through the park. The 42-acre man-made lake and beach draw many visitors who enjoy swimming, canoeing, hiking, picnicking, fishing and hunting. A connector trail to The Appalachian Trail is located in the park. Camping, boat launch, boat rental, camp store, flat water canoeing, hiking trails, picnic area, playground, swimming May-September (lifeguards Memorial Day to Labor Day), mountain biking and hunting are just some of the activities available at this park. (All persons 15 years old or younger are required to wear helmets while cycling in Maryland.)
There are 165 campsites with conveniently located central bathhouses with hot showers. Each campsite is equipped with a table, fire ring and parking area. Fires must be kept inside the fire rings. Dump station available. Forty sites have electric hookups. Seniors Citizens with a valid Golden Age Pass receive a half price discount on camping when staying Sunday through Thursday.
Harrisburg East Campground – Gettysburg Campgrounds
1134 Highspire Rd
Harrisburg, PA 17111
This campground has both 30 and 50 amp service, level gravel sites and paved access roads. There is TV and WiFi available if you’re in an RV, or set up your tent among their shady pine groves. Showers and laundry are located behind the office and a 25’x50′ outdoor heated pool with a depth of 9ft open is open mid May through the 1st week of October. Pets are welcome here. The majority of their campsites are tree shaded and pull thru, all have a picnic table and fire ring. The sites are large enough to accommodate multiple slides. There is a separate tenting area with community water and electric source and fire rings. Trees are suitable for hammocks. The restrooms and showers are newly renovated.
- Dump station
- Basketball Court
- Volleyball Court
- They do carry some RV supplies. Walmart, Camping World, Bass Pro Shop, Etnoyer’s RV supplies are just minutes away
Little Bennett Campground – Gettysburg Campgrounds
23705 Frederick Rd,
Clarksburg, MD 20871-9713
Little Bennett Campground is Montgomery County’s only campground. It offers 30 amp and 50 amp electric hook-ups on beautiful, wooded sites. Enjoy miles of hiking, biking and trails throughout 3,700 acres of forests and meadows. There are 91 wooded campsites from which to choose, 3 yurts, and a variety of weekend activities available in season for all age groups and interests.
Each of Little Bennett’s campsites offers a tranquil setting with standard campsite amenities including: a two-vehicle gravel parking area, picnic table, campfire ring, and lantern post. Each of the 66 tent sites have a tent pad. Twenty-five site are available with 30-amp or 50-amp electrical hookups. Their campsites do not offer a “full hook up” for RVs but they do have the electric hookups, community water spigots, and a dump station. Bathhouses with sinks, showers, toilet facilities and drinking fountains are located within walking distance of each site. Water spigots are randomly located throughout each camping loop. The central dump station is situated adjacent to the Campground Entrance Gate.
Hershey RV Resort and Camping – Gettysburg Campgrounds
493 S Mt Pleasant Rd
Lebanon, PA 17042
Email: Form on website
Come for the camping, stay for the chocolate. This campground/resort is located on 200 acres of rolling farmland in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country. There are 320 sites, for RVers and tent campers. The Hershey RV Camping preserve is enclosed in a natural valley of grassy fields, sloping down to a small fishing lake. Six miles away is Hershey’s Chocolate World (rides and live entertainment), ZooAmerica, plus many golf courses and 3 major outlet centers. Nearby our Thousand Trails Pennsylvania Dutch Country RV campground are also Amish settlements and the Indian Echo Caverns. Pets are welcome here. The amenities are seemingly endless:
- Pickleball Court
- Store on site
Things to See and Do Around Gettysburg Campgrounds
The park offers a full complement of summer ranger programs (mid-June through mid-August), battlefield walks, ranger-led battle walks, evening campfire programs, and special events on weekends with living history groups and band concerts.
In planning your visit to Gettysburg National Military Park, please keep in mind that the park Museum and Visitor Center is a privately owned facility, operated by the Gettysburg Foundation. For reasons of security, backpacks, daypacks, large handbags, packages or other medium to large sized containers are prohibited in this building and cannot be left unattended outside of it. All persons entering are subject to search. Please lock your valuables in the trunk of your vehicle and out of sight while in the park.
This was the home and farm of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Located adjacent to the Gettysburg Battlefield, the farm served the President as a weekend retreat and a meeting place for world leaders. It served as a backdrop for efforts to reduce Cold War tensions.
The Gettysburg Lincoln Train Museum, was built in 1969, within walking distance of the location where Abraham Lincoln gave his
Gettysburg Address, dedicating the hallowed ground of one of thebloodiest and most decisive battles of the American Civil War.
As a young attorney in the early 1850’s, Abraham Lincoln started dealing with railroad cases. By the middle of the decade he would be considered one of the most successful and sought after practitioners of railroad law. The railroad played an important role, both during the war and during Lincoln’s presidency. The museum houses a toy train collection that features over 1000 trains and dioramas illustrating the railroad’s role during the Civil War. Step onto the “Lincoln Train Ride,” board the simulated Presidential Train with President Lincoln as he travels to Gettysburg to dedicate the National Cemetery.
At least 7,600 soldiers died during the battle of Gettysburg, but, remarkably, only one civilian— Jennie Wade, 20 years-old—also suffered that fate when a bullet pierced through two doors of her family’s home when she was baking biscuits, killing her instantly. Authentically furnished from cellar to attic, the Jennie Wade House is a shrine to Jennie and to life during the American Civil War. The Jennie Wade House features guides in period attire who are well-versed in the history of the home. Artifacts from that fatal day in 1863 are on display as well, including the artillery shell that punctured the roof of the house and a floorboard with Jennie’s blood still on it.
The museum is located in the same stone house that General Robert E. Lee occupied during the battle of Gettysburg in the summer of 1863. Visit and see historical artifacts that tell the stories of the people who that fought the battle.
This features the area’s only complete wax collection of American Presidents and their first ladies. See what our Presidents really looked like and hear the words attributed to them as if they came from the very lips of the figures themselves.
Take your kids, or yourself, to the 1860’s vintage house turned museum. There are fun and developmentally appropriate activities for children ages 3 to 8, but adults of any age will enjoy the activities as well.
Exhibits include early picking, packing, and shipping of fruit, pest management, commercial fruit processing equipment, early orchard photographs, a recreated 1880’s farm kitchen, and a General Store. Bring the family for orchard bus tours, contests, wagon rides, live entertainment and more. Hundreds of crafters sell handmade items, and wonderful apple foods are also available.
The restaurant takes pride in terrific home-cooking, great service, and hospitality.
The winery first began operation in 1976. Nestled against the South Mountains, they have an ideal climate for growing grapes that, in turn, make many quality wines to enjoy.
See the Arlington National Cemetery; Smithsonian Institution; White House; Capitol; Ford’s Theatre; Supreme Court; Library of Congress; Washington National Cathedral; Iwo Jima, Jefferson, Lincoln, Vietnam and Korean War Memorials; Washington Monument; FDR Memorial; and World War II Memorial.
Knowledgeable guides will take you on your choice of several evening tours through sections of town that were bloody battlefields decades ago.
York County, Pennsylvania is promoted as the “Factory Tour Capital of the World”. See how some of America’s favorite products are still being made, from Harley-Davidson motorcycles to Hershey chocolates to Hanover and Utz pretzels to Bluett Brothers stringed instruments. Check individual company websites for tour times and, in some instances, fees.
A talented cast of actors, technicians, and special effects recreate the Battle of Gettysburg as you tour the Battlefield from the famous Double Decker buses.
The Battle of Gettysburg was one of the most famous and influential battles of the Civil War. Every summer, hundreds or thousands of enactors gather here just to take part in the annual Gettysburg Civil War Reenactment.
These are one of the world’s largest presentations of collector car, truck and motorcycle entertainment, and the preferred auto show destination for enthusiasts and collector car hobbyists worldwide!