Let’s face it, this has been a challenging year and many of us are especially happy to bid goodbye to winter. Warmer temperatures paired with the greening of the landscape and the sprouting of happy little flowers like daffodils and crocuses can turn many a dour disposition sunny.
A trip to Adams county may be just what the doctor ordered. The area offers a cornucopia of choices for outdoor exploration to shake off those winter blahs.
Explore the Battlefield on Hooves, Wheels, or Foot
For those interested in experiencing the battlefield the way generals of yore did, there’s Gettysburg-based Hickory Hollow Farm. Their horseback tours are rated as the No. 1 outdoor activity in Gettysburg. Guests will join a battlefield tour of 10 or fewer individuals led by a knowledgeable guide.
For a more modern way of traversing the battlefield, try Segway Tours of Gettysburg. The company, which refers to itself as “the original social distancing tour of the battlefield,” focuses on the history of the area. Groups are led by licensed guides.
Cemetery Ridge North takes hikers to the headquarters of Union Gen. George Meade, while Cemetery Ridge South brings pedestrians to the middle of the Union stronghold, with stops at the Pennsylvania Memorial and Little Round Top.
A hike on Big Round Top Trail is not to be missed. The walk takes hikers to the highest point on the Gettysburg battlefield, where five monuments await. These are but a few of the interesting destinations that are accessible by foot.
Hit the Links
Grab a friend and go golfing at The Links at Gettysburg, located several miles from Gettysburg’s historic battlefield. The 18-hole, championship par 71 course features 35-foot rock cliffs, lakes and waterfalls and if you’re lucky, you may see some area wildlife as well.
View Springtime Blossoms
The Adams county countryside is particularly striking in the spring, as thousands of acres of orchards burst into bloom.
Visitors can see springtime blossoms in any number of places, from Orchard Lane, located one mile north of Hollabaugh Bros. Fruit Farm and Market, to Buchanan Valley Road in Ortanna, to Peters Orchards, located in the northernmost part of Adam’s County. The breathtaking beauty of the Adams County countryside during springtime makes a leisurely drive come alive.
Experience the “Crop Hop”
Destination Gettysburg has unveiled a new and unique trail that shines a light on the bounty of Adams County. The Adams County Crop Hop offers visitors a downloadable passport, which takes them on an agricultural excursion designed to excite the senses. Guests can choose from a variety of activities while enjoying Gettysburg’s wide-open spaces. They can pick their own fruits and vegetables, explore farm markets and vineyards and taste some of the delicious libations unique to the area.
Getting out into the fresh air and enjoying everything the Adams County area has to offer is a great way to shoo away cabin fever, while at the same time making memories that will last a lifetime.