Gettysburg Auto Tour - Photo Companion Part 3

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Thanks for visiting our blog about the auto tour around the Gettysburg battlefield.  We are enjoying this process and hope you are too. This is part three of the series; if you missed the other parts, check them out.  Part 1 and Part 2.
In this part, we will cover the area around Little Round Top up to near the Trostle Barn. We hope you are enjoying it, let us know what you think by leaving us a comment and visit our Facebook page. And check out our companion books to this series of posts here.

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Auto Tour Stop 8 - Little Round Top -

I love Little Round Top honestly, but since I am here all the time, I avoid it at certain times of the year. I like my pictures without people and haze. That isn't to say I don't go up for sunsets; it is usually during the week. Secret Spot - If you go just past the crest of LRT and are heading down the hill, there is a trail off to your left. It is a bit lower but still a beautiful view, and if you want pictures without people, this is a great spot. Little Round Top is one of the most popular locations on the battlefield. And I believe you need to stop here if you've never been to the battlefield.

Welcome to Little Round Top.
Welcome to Little Round Top.
View North from Little Round Top
View North from Little Round Top


The field overview is super, but don't forget to walk around the area a little.

Red Buds falling after a spring rain on Little Round Top
Red Buds falling after a spring rain on Little Round Top

Another popular location on Little Round Top is the 20th Maine area which is on the back side of LRT. The scene below was shot in spring with the red buds blooming. The one below is the flank marker for the 20th Maine.

Path around the backside of Little Round top in spring with sun rays lighting the path.
Path around the backside of Little Round top in spring with sun rays lighting the path.
20th Maine left flank marker
20th Maine left flank marker

As you leave LRT, go over the crest and start going down the hill there is a path off to the left. Not a ton down that path but it is a different perspective out on the field. The next two are from down that path. First is a monument to the 155th PA and second is just a lone tree on the path.

Below Little Round Top Summit the 155th PA Monument stands watching a storm roll in.
Below Little Round Top Summit the 155th PA Monument stands watching a storm roll in.
Storm over a lone tree on the north slope of Little Round Top.
Storm over a lone tree on the north slope of Little Round Top.

Once down LRT the parks auto tour takes you out to the The Wheatfield. But if you can take a trip down to Devils Den (It is a very tight curvy road so be very careful).  But Devils Den is a really neat place to visit. If you can get down there, it is an excellent place to wander around. Kids love it, but be careful there are fall hazards. Below are a few photos of Devils Den, the first is a view of Little Round Top from Devils Den.

View of Little Round Top from atop Devils Den
View of Little Round Top from atop Devils Den
Devils Den in Black and White
Devils Den in Black and White
View of the Big Oak at the top of Devils Den.
View of the Big Oak at the top of Devils Den.

Check out our full black and white gallery of Devils Den images here.

Devils Den isn't necessarily the best spot for sunsets, certain times of the year is it is pretty good. Like this fairytale shot my wife loves...

Fairytale sunset at Devils Den in Gettysburg
Fairtale sunset in Devils Den

Auto Tour Stop 9 - The Wheatfield -

This area saw some bloody fighting during the battle. From a photographic point of view, it has its pluses and minuses. Two roads flank it; sometimes, there is a lot of traffic. But there are a few good angles you have to get creative. If you don't go to Devils Den and stay on the parks auto tour (Get a virtual map here) you'll turn onto Ayres ave which brings you along side The Wheatfield the first image here.

Pano of sunset at The Wheatfield in Gettysburg.
Pano of sunset at The Wheatfield

Once around the bend from where the above image was taken you get a great view of Little and Big Round Top with Devils Den to the right.

Little Round Top from Houck's Ridge in Gettysburg National Military Park

Another popular spot along the auto tour is near what is called The Loop and it is the Irish Brigade Monument.

Irish Brigade at Gettysburg collage.
Irish Brigade at Gettysburg collage.

Auto Tour Stop 10 - The Peach Orchard -

This location was where the Union line turned and headed toward The Wheatfield and Devils Den. Continuing around from the Wheatfield area we come up to the Peach Orchard learn more here. The area around the Peach Orchard is a popular place for sunsets.  From here you have a pretty good view in both direction, toward the Confederate line as well as back toward the Union line. Although there is a section covered by trees it is still a pretty nice spot.

Stormy Orchard in Gettysburg
Stormy Orchard in Gettysburg
Long exposure storm over the Peach Orchard in Gettysburg.
Long exposure storm over the Peach Orchard
Monument to Battery F, Pennsylvania Light Artillery
Monument to Battery F, Pennsylvania Light Artillery

Auto Tour Stop 11 - Plum Run -

After leaving the Peach Orchard the auto tour takes you by Excelsior field and one of the best and probably the second most popular spots on the battlefield. The monument to the 73rd New York Volunteers Infantry Regiment “Fourth Excelsior” “2nd Fire Zouaves”. This is a great spot to get the sunsets because you can keep the Emmitsburg Road out of the image and get a great big sky! The first is during a summer storm that rolled through and the second is during the Sahara Dust storms that we had in South Central Pa.

73rd New York Infantry “Fourth Excelsior” “2nd Fire Zouaves”
73rd New York Infantry “Fourth Excelsior” “2nd Fire Zouaves” during a summer storm.
73rd New York Infantry “Fourth Excelsior” “2nd Fire Zouaves”
73rd New York Infantry “Fourth Excelsior” “2nd Fire Zouaves” during sunset

Before leaving The Fire Zouaves area turn around and you can see the Trostle Barn. Here is an image of the barn at sunrise.

Trostle Farm Sunrise
Trostle Farm Sunrise
Trostle Barn in Gettysburg National Military Park
Trostle Barn at Gettysburg National Military Park
Close up of the Trostle Barn from 2004

When you get to the barn there is a dirt path off to the west of the barn that is part of the horse trails around Gettysburg. You can walk these just step aside when the horses come by. Here are a few from down that path.

Orchard near the Trostle Barn in Gettysburg

Trostle Barn during the winter in Gettysburg National Military Park.
Trostle Barn in the fall view looking South.

When you leave the Trostle Barn and Auto Tour Stop 11 just on the other side of the woods is a great view from a distance of the Pennsylvania Monument (the largest on the field). Here is an image captured during a storm, this is a five minute exposure of the storm which is what gives the cloud a unique motion. Check out the full panoramic that was captured during the same storm here. Next time we will pick up the tour at the Pa Monument. I'm hoping you are enjoying this visual tour of the battlefield.

Five Minute exposure of a storm over the Pennsylvania monument in Gettysburg National Military Park.
Long exposure storm over the PA Monument.

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