Hike Antietam Battlefield - Easy to Moderate 8 Mile

Antietam is an easy to moderate 8 mile hike around this sacred battle field. We travel up rolling fields, along a stream, and among gorgeous farmlands in addition to seeing various monuments along way.

This is a new hike for this group and we just hiked this yesterday, September 14, to get a feel for it and scope the varying trails. I have also added some pics from our hike to give you an idea of what we will encounter.

This is approximately a 3 hour hike and it takes 1 hour to get to Antietam from Baltimore.

There is a $6 charge for cars to park at the visitors center.
Please wear long pants as we may be hiking through some long grass, plenty of water, comfortable shoes, and some snacks. We will stop along the stream to eat our lunch. :)

The Bloodiest One Day Battle in American History
23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or missing after twelve hours of savage combat on September 17, 1862. The Battle of Antietam ended the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia's first invasion into the North and led to Abraham Lincoln's issuance of the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation.

If anyone wants to carpool please meet at the I-70 Park and Ride at 8:30.

Directions are located here:
http://www.nps.gov/anti/planyourvisit/directions.htm

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  • Shawn V.

    Nice meeting everyone ! Perhaps next time everyone comes to Antietam, I can do a BBQ at my place afterwards, weather permitting.

    3 · October 21, 2013

  • Lisa/vetchick

    Great hike with fantastic leaders and excellent company en route! Could not have asked for a more beautiful day and what a fun way to spend it!

    2 · October 21, 2013

  • Jane B.

    Shannon,

    Thank you so much for a GREAT hike! So much fun.

    Looking forward to the next one.

    2 · October 20, 2013

  • Shannon F.

    Thank you to everyone who came out & Greg for leading the second group. Beautiful weather & scenery. Wonderful to see familiar faces & newbies. Will post again in the spring See ya on the trails!

    4 · October 20, 2013

    • Melanie R.

      Thank you for organizing! It was a great day.

      3 · October 20, 2013

  • Chuck V.

    awesome weather + good people = great hike
    Thanks Shannon.........

    2 · October 20, 2013

  • Erika

    This was my first hike. It was great to meet some of you and I look forward to meeting more of you in the future!!!!!!!

    2 · October 20, 2013

  • Dan

    Thank you Shannon for setting this up. Great hike.

    3 · October 20, 2013

  • Shannon F.

    Oh & thx for the Oreos.... Nom nom!!

    1 · October 20, 2013

  • Wendy

    Thx for a wonderful hike!

    1 · October 20, 2013

  • M

    That was a great hike and it really nice meeting all of you! Have a wonderful week!

    1 · October 20, 2013

  • Chris Firewalker G.

    Made good time getting home

    1 · October 20, 2013

  • Denise

    Caught in road closures. I am sorry, but not likely to make it.

    October 20, 2013

  • Lisa

    Running 10 min late

    October 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Shannon. .. sorry I have to cancel at last minute but I aggravated something in my leg yesterday and it's still sore this morning. Paula

    October 20, 2013

  • Patricia C.

    Hi, I'm afraid I have to cancel - sorry not to attend. Have fun!

    October 20, 2013

  • Cary

    I am bringing some Oreo cookies for you, Shannon. :-)

    1 · October 19, 2013

    • Shannon F.

      Wahoo!!!!! Thank you Cary

      October 19, 2013

  • Shannon F.

    Reminder folks: there is a $6 charge to park at the visitors center. Will see u there at 10 or the i70 east park n ride at 815. Can't wait!! :)

    October 19, 2013

  • Paula L.

    Well I have to cancel...my dog is having surgery today so we will be spending the weekend curled up watching movies

    October 17, 2013

  • Shannon F.

    If anyone wants to carpool/caravan please meet at i70 east park and ride NLT 815 to depart by 830. Please be on time.

    October 18, 2013

    • Melanie R.

      In Google Maps type Interstate 70 Park and Ride, Baltimore. The parking lot is near the intersection of I-70 and Security Blvd. I will probably carpool, too.

      1 · October 18, 2013

  • Michele

    Glad shutdown finally over. To the organizer (Shannon?) : is there I can tailor this hike for myself (or others that need it) to be shorter; for example a different loop back to the beginning (or, just turn around and go back the way I came I guess....)? I really want to make one of these hikes and can finally do it this weekend, but I am dealing with a leg injury that is healing and at this time I think 8 miles might be too far for me.

    October 17, 2013

    • Shannon F.

      Hi Michele this is a loop. It may be tricky to get back. I would not recommend doing if u need to turn around. :( if it were an out and back that would be different.

      October 18, 2013

    • Shannon F.

      The trolley trail weds night oct 23 is an up & back easy 2.4 miles. Please see upcoming hikes for this one & details.

      October 18, 2013

  • Erika

    Shutdown is over!!! I hope we are still on

    1 · October 17, 2013

  • Shannon F.

    Hi gang
    I am aware the park is closed as I am currently furloughed myself. We have one week to determine status of this hike so please stay tuned.
    As soon as I know something u will know. Thank you.

    October 14, 2013

  • Bob

    Since the park is closed the hike will be about 10 yards, from the car to the gate. Will we have a break along the way?

    October 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm guessing you'll make a decision the day before based on the latest government situation? I look forward to finally meeting some of the group :)

    October 14, 2013

  • Patricia C.

    Check beforehand if Park is open; as of 10/07 it is closed due to federal shutdown.

    October 7, 2013

  • Chris Firewalker G.

    Who is carpooling

    October 6, 2013

  • Lily

    Hopefully, the government shutdown will be resolved by this meetup. Since this is a national park it may be closed if the stalemate continues. Their website is down for now.

    October 3, 2013

  • Victoria

    I forgot that I already have plans for this morning...

    October 2, 2013

  • Paula L.

    Are dogs allowed to join?

    September 29, 2013

    • Shannon F.

      Yes leashed at all times please. :) also pls check the Antietam website to be sure they are allowed in the park. Thx

      September 29, 2013

    • Paula L.

      In park yes; not in the visitor center and do not leave the dog in the car....per the visitor center. I guess a lot of people have been bring their pets and leaving them in the car?????

      September 30, 2013

  • Jan N.

    Wanting this to be a hike for my hubby and I to enjoy, he is skeptical.lol. Does he have to join to accompany me?

    September 16, 2013

    • Shannon F.

      He can be your +1. :)

      September 17, 2013

    • Jan N.

      Yay! Thanks!

      September 26, 2013

  • Melanie R.

    I've always wanted to do this. Thanks for organizing!

    2 · September 15, 2013

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