Battlefield Weekend Hike Series (2 of 3): Antietam National Battlefield!

  • May 25, 2014 · 9:00 AM
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Battlefield Weekend Part 2 of 3

Antietam National Battlefield

A Newbie Friendly, Easy, and Flat History Hike!

This Hike is about 70 miles from both Baltimore and DC

We are once again offering this customized special Battlefield Weekend Series over the memorial holiday. So please join for for three powerful history hikes for a most special holiday weekend! We look forward to seeing you there for this annual event!

Join us for a pleasant trek at Antietam National Battlefield, our 9 mile hike will take us along open fields, woods, and quiet Antietam Creek. Wild turkey, beaver, barred owls, and other wildlife inhabit the stream valley. Cows can often be seen grazing on the other side of the creek. The lovely bucolic countryside belies the carnage that took place along the creek on September 17, 1862. The Battle of Antietam (also known as the Battle of Sharpsburg) took place in three phases over 12 square miles. Down by the creek, Union general Burnside tried to move his army over the bridge and into Sharpsburg. The streamside trail preserves the landscape that saw the death of thousands. Now it is alive with towering oaks and maples, blackberries on the edges, and the scent of pawpaws by the bank.The terrain is gently rolling and the path is very easy to follow. There are numerous trail markers and signs that give a sense of how the battle unfolded."

3,000 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. The Battle of Antietam was part of what is known as the Maryland Campaign of 1862. Find out more about the people, places and events that are part of the campaign that changed America and join us on this informative hike!" Parts Taken From the Antietam National Battelfield Web Site

Hike Pace

This hike will be led at a moderate pace of 2.5 mph

Trail Information

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Antietam, MD
Length: Easy 9 miles
Schedule: Open dawn until dusk, 365 days a year.
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: This is an out and back hike
Skill Level: Easy and Newbie Friendly, but with gently rolling terrain and only a few steep climbs
Trail Surface: Dirt footpaths, gravel paths, mowed grass paths, old farm rods, and paved roads.
Season: Year-round
Land Status: National Battlefield Park
Facilities: The visitor center features restrooms, interpretive displays, a soda machine, and a bookstore. There are picnic table in a grove of trees adjacent to the parking area.

Trail Notes for Leaders

Weather Information
We hike rain or shine.

Our RSVP Policies and Group Etiquette

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Carpool Information

There are 4 Carpool Locations for This Hike!

Savage Station

To carpool from the Baltimore area, you can arrange to meet people at Savage Station. Click here for directions to Savage Station.  Use the comment section to discuss carpooling with other members.

Annapolis Area Carpool
To carpool or caravan from the Annapolis area , you can arrange to meet at the Harbour Center Mall Starbucks. Click here for Annapolis carpool directions for getting to the carpool location.  Use the comment section to discuss carpooling with other members.

D.C. Area Carpool
To carpool or caravan from the metro DC area, you can arrange to meet at the Centerville Park and Ride. Click here for informationand directions to the Centerville location.  Use the comment section to discuss carpooling with other members.

Franklintown (Security Blvd. I-70 Park and Ride)
There is an additional carpool location for this hike. Click here for directions to where we meet for this carpool.

If you can drive or want to carpool from additional locations, please post your location in the comment section below. For those who need a ride, reach out to the drivers. Make friends, and support the environment - by just offering a ride!

Directions to the Trailhead

Click Here for Directions to Where We Meet for this Special Event

Hike Meetup Time is at 9:00 a.m.

Carpool meetup time from Savage is 7:30 a.m.

Carpool Time from Centerville is 7:30 a.m.

Meetup for Carpool from Annapolis is 7:00 a.m.

I-70 Park and Ride (Security Blvd) Meetup Time is 7:00 a.m.

Park Fee

There is a park entrance fee of $4.00 per person which is paid upon entry to the park is good for three days admission. They Honor the Golden Age and Golden Access Passports!

Please remember we are a social hiking group that values fellowship and camaraderie and practice good hike etiquette. We take breaks as necessary and have at least one guide in the front in addition to a "sweeper" in the back which means that no hiker is left behind. If you get upset because someone has to rest at the top of a hill etc. then please find another group! We are very supportive, encouraging, and focus on safety while getting or staying fit on the trail and practicing Leave No Trace outdoor ethics.

Please note that our holiday and holiday weekend hikes are not refundable due to too many people backing out of the hike at the last minute before the refund cut-off. Sorry, but this is the only way to help make sure that there is a good turnout and our leaders not offer to lead a hike on their holiday in vein...or we will be all become burned enough that we will no longer offer them. Since we have made holiday hikes non-refundable it has boosted attendance rate significantly and often have perfect attendance. Thanks so much for your understanding and I look forward to seeing you out on the trail soon.

Fido is Welcome On This Hike!

Let's have good times and see you there!

Bill:[masked]

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  • Kellie C.

    Thank you very much Bill (and Virginia) for leading this hike.

    1 · May 26

  • Bill P.

    Nice hike! It has a great mixture of monuments along with preserved farmsteads and miles of woodlands and meadows trails. Antietam Creek was very full and beautiful. We ran into a group from the Hiking Around Baltimore Meetup and it was great to see the easy going camaraderie between these two groups of hikers.

    I invited Virginia Peters, a future MidAtlantic leader, to take over as leader of our hike half way through. No one got lost. Seriously, she was extraordinarily conscientious and was particularly alert and helpful to a hiker who was experiencing some difficulty. Virginia will be a great leader!

    3 · May 25

    • Virginia P.

      Thanks Bill. It really was a beautiful hike. I especially enjoyed the section along the creek.

      1 · May 26

  • Jaz

    Anyone to leave from NOVA?

    May 23

    • A former member
      A former member

      I am, going from Springfield near Annandale.

      May 24

    • Jaz

      Hi, Veronica. I had to cancel due to a family emergency. Thanks.

      May 24

  • Judy G

    If I do not want to do the full 9 miles, are there places to easily turn around. Also how long will the hike last?

    May 24

  • Bill P.

    I need a ride. I can either meet where I live in Silver Spring or can meet at locations near I-270, which is on the route to Antietam from Northern Virginia. Call me if you can help.
    [masked]

    May 21

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