Sachs Covered Bridge

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Key Info

Waterworks Road

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Sightseeing, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.6scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 0.0Food Scene
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Measuring 100 feet long, Sachs Covered Bridge (or Sauck's Bridge) is a popular place for a photo-op. Reportedly built by local architect David Stoner in 1852, this car-free bridge – which sits above Marsh Creek – is surrounded by lush trees and features a red exterior. It was frequently used by Union and Confederate troops during the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863.

Although a few travelers warn that this bridge is a little challenging to find, many say seeing it is more than worth the effort. According to several visitors, the bridge's romantic atmosphere during the day makes it well-suited for couples. If you're more interested in paranormal activity, vacationers suggest visiting at night on your own or while on a ghost tour with a reputable company like Ghostly Images of Gettysburg or After Dark Investigations.

Sachs Covered Bridge is free to visit 24 hours a day, but two- to three-hour ghost tours that include a stop at the bridge generally cost at least $24 per adult. There are no amenities available on-site. The structure sits 3 miles northwest of the Eisenhower National Historic Site and 4 miles southwest of central Gettysburg. You'll find the bridge just off of Pumping Station Road connecting Waterworks Road. Parking can be limited during the warmer months, so consider arriving early. Check out the Pennsylvania Tourism Office's website and Destination Gettysburg's website for additional information.

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#1 Gettysburg National Military Park

Bordering the southern end of downtown Gettysburg, the roughly 6,000-acre Gettysburg National Military Park is a must for history buffs, especially those with an interest in the Civil War. It was here that Confederate troops clashed with Union soldiers for three days in July 1863, resulting in a decisive victory for the North. But this key win for the Union came at a cost: More than 51,000 soldiers on both sides died, were wounded, went missing or were captured, making this conflict the bloodiest battle of the war.

Today, Gettysburg National Military Park welcomes visitors keen on learning more about the Civil War through exhibits, ranger programs, guided tours and special events. Some of the park's most noteworthy sights are as follows:

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