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US Army Heritage Trail near Carlisle

A recreation of redoubt #10 is open to the public to explore. It has two artillery field pieces and two mortars, as well as a bombproof and rifle parapets.
I spent part of Saturday walking the U.S. Army Heritage Trail, whcih is located near Ridgeway Hall at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center just south of Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The weather was glorious, soldiers were playing flag football on the parade grounds, and there were a fair number of tourists out strolling in the sunshine. Unfortunately, none the buildings along the trail were open due to the weekend (all were padlocked), so I will have to go back sometime when they are open for public view.

The Hagerstown Pike (“Antietam Road”) display along the U.S. Army Heritage Trail. The Civil War cannon attracted the attention of my grandson.
The trail is finished and open to the public. Made up of a powerized gravel surface, it tends to be a little dusty as you walk. What is unfinished are the monuments, markers, and interpretive displays. In fact, an Army engineering unit was just beginning to prepare a new static display, which looked like it was going to be a modern Desert Storm-type mobile forward base. Other bases already constructed include a World War II “village,” a Civil War winter encampment, a French and Indian War village and blockhouse, a Viet Nam firebase, and others.

A typical French and Indian War frontier blockhouse.
The trail is well worth a morning’s stroll. The nearby Ridgeway Hall has other displays on U.S. Army heritage, as well as housing the extensive library that used to be at Carlisle Barracks at the U.S, Army War College.

Perhaps the highlight of the entire Heritage Trail is the rather large recreation of a World War I U.S. Army trench system and the corresponding German underground pill box.

This is the only monument yet erected to an army unit. There may be more in the future along the trail.