With reservations made in advance, two-hour guided tours on horseback describing the three-day Battle of Gettysburg and ... More
Artillery Ridge Horseback Tours/Riding Facilities
With reservations made in advance, two-hour guided tours on horseback describing the three-day Battle of Gettysburg and one-hour trail rides are available. Artillery Ridge offers horse facilities, including box stalls and corrals, to use during your stay.
My wife and I went on this tour and very glad we did. Diane and Paul were our guides and were extremely well informed about the batttlegrounds and made this experience an event we will always treasure. We both enjoyed ourselves immensely and would definetly do this again. The price was a lot cheaper but would have been worth any price of admission. Thanks Diane and Paul
The horses were very well cared for. The ranch hands chose each horse for the each person. We were blessed to have a tour guide for this 2 hr. ride that did a wonderful job of describing the battles and landforms... My husband and I highly recommend and would love to come again, and perhaps bring our Boy Scout Troop.
My wife and I booked a two hour tour this ast Monday and the staff the wranglers Diane and Pete were great the horses were very well taken care of and the staff was very helpful with there directions My wife and I have been around horses for years and she has beend riding for a few years and I have never road My first time again was great and we be back the next time we are in Gettysburg
We had a lovely time camping at Artillery Ridge horse camp with our own horses. The stalls were a blessing and allowed us to do a little touring on our own in our vehicle. Everything was clean and private. We are going back again this year.
This is your typical "hillbilly" campground - over developed, poorly developed and way too crowded. It has the feel of a refugee camp - dirty and over used. The trail ride was nice - but that was due to the National Park and not because of Artillery Ridge.
This is the kind of place that little kids love though... Watch out for management issues - such as screwed up reservations etc...but if you get what you pay for, you cant complain...great little kid camp...not so great for anyone over the age of 9.
If you're looking for an informative, entertaining and scenic tour of Gettysburg I would suggest the Segway tour over this tour. The Segway tour will give you a full 2 1/2 hour tour for less money and more information. Although the Artillery Ridge Horseback tour employees are very knowledgeable when it comes to their horses, they tend to forget that they are running a business and it's the customers who pay there bills.
I have been in the hack line industry for years and thought that this would be a nice vacation. The horses were stiff, lame and pushed beyond what they should have been. The equipment was unsafe as my girth was very loose and they yelled at me to not touch it and would not tighten it for me. The wranglers were rude, bossy and very unsociable. They had no concept of customer service. It was also a very unsafe enviornment as they had people walking behind the horse, inbetween them and had the people ride the horses back to their stalls. This is an serious reciepe for an accident. The horse they put me on was inexperienced and could have been very problematic for a beginner. My boyfriend had never been on a horse, and not once did the wranglers give him encouragement or let him know that he was doing good. I spent the entire ride focused on my horse and missed the tour. Althought the concept is great, the reality is awful. Dont waste your time or your money, there are far better tours out there.....
I have been on many trail rides and have riden trails at every location I have traveled to. The hands where very nice and horse were not too bad. My biggest qualm with the tour was that we took a far from scenic ride out and rode the exact same route back to the barn. Also there was a hidden charge, we were charged $14 for a ticket to visit a battlefield minature. Overall too much money and terrible trail.
I did not appreciate the fact that the horse I rode on a 2 hour tour had a front hoof not 'up to par'. I noticed once we got onto the trail and hit gravel my horse would limp. I didn't enjoy my ride because I was very concerned about the welfare of my horse. Also, when she would limp it made for a very uncomfortable ride in the saddle! I mentioned this to one of the wranglers who was very understanding and said she had notified her boss that the horse shouldn't go back out. In our halfway point, the boss decided my stirrups needed to be adjusted. I was quite comfortable with the length and this was certainly not my first time in the saddle. I mentioned to the wrangler who was adjusting my stirrups that they did not need to be adjusted but she said that if 'the boss' said it had to be done then it had to be done. My knees were KILLING me on the way back to the stable because of an adjustment that didn't need to be made! Once our 2 hour ride was over I mentioned to another wrangler that the horse shouldn't have gone out to work at all and she mentioned that ALL horses had to work at least once that day. I would have rather been turned away than to ride a horse that had to be given pain meds before hitting the trail. Thankfully I am a light rider so she didn't suffer because of MY weight but it shouldn't have been allowed at all!
Well, as trail rides go, this wasn't too terrible... but I was rather disappointed with the out-and-back route of this supposed 'battlefield tour'. We were expecting to make the loop across the battlefield and back around by the Round Tops. Found out too late that we had clearly booked the wrong stable for that. Now I know why their web page is so vague in regards to the 'tour' info, and totally lacks any info regarding a ride route.
Artillery Ridge merely offers a ride out across the center of the fields and then back again, on the exact same trail. They also do not have a trained battlefield guide, but instead rely on a pre recorded tape to narrate your 'tour'. And as other reviews have mentioned, the narration doesn't always match up with your actual location (plus several people on our ride had problems with audio equipment that failed to work properly, myself included).
In summary... if all you want is a relatively generic trail ride, then you may not be too disappointed. If you are expecting an actual tour, where you will ride near some key points on the battlefield... or at least have an opportunity to interact with someone who knows a little bit about the history of Gettysburg... then this ride is not for you. I highly recommend that you check into some of the other available historical tours instead (from other stables, or the various options offered via the visitor's center). I feel like my family wasted over $200 on this ride--was expecting something a lot different, considering the high price.
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