Antietam Battlefield

The Civil War battle of Antietam (known as Sharpsburg in the South) witnessed the bloodiest day in American history - 23,000 Union and Confederate casualties after just 12 hours of fighting (see http://www.nps.gov/anti/index.htm). The Union's turning back the Confederates here emboldened Abraham Lincoln to issue the Emancipation Proclamation four months later. We'll make a loop along the Union Advance, Snavely Ford, and Final Attack trails. The park entrance fee is $4/person, or free if you have someone (like me!) in your car with a pass. A half-hour presentation on the battle begins at the Visitor's Center at 10 AM. We'll meet before (i.e., at 9:45) and after (i.e., at 10:30) the presentation in front of the visitor's center. Lunch at the Blue Moon Cafe in nearby Shepherdstown, WV after the hike is optional (but highly recommended).

Dogs: Allowed, leashed

Distance: 5 miles

Guest Expert: Park Ranger

Leader: Ken Meyercord, (571)[masked]

Directions: From the beltway, in Maryland take I-270 north towards Frederick, MD; in Virginia take Rt. 267 (Dulles Toll Road) west to Leesburg, then Rt. 15 north to Frederick. At Frederick, take I-70 west toward Hagerstown and exit onto Alternate Rt. 40 West (Exit 49) toward Middletown. Continue through Middletown, over South Mountain to Boonsboro. Turn left onto Rt. 34 to Sharpsburg, then right onto Rt. 65  in Sharpsburg and the park will be on your right a mile on (Alternatively, but less interestingly, you can stay on I-70 from Frederick to Hagerstown, then take Rt. 65 south (Exit 29) which will take you to the park.). For a scenic loop, return to the DC area via the Virginia side of the Potomac. (As the drive is a long one, I encourage you to arrange to carpool through the comments.)

 

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  • Bonnie S.

    Ken, I had already seen movie so arrived a few minutes before 10:00. couldn't find group so I decided to go on my own...sorry I appeared as a "no show". still hoping we cross paths! it's a beautiful day for a hike!

    April 19

  • Shannon

    My starting point is Vienna. I'd love company on the ride. I'm happy to be either a driver or a passenger. Are any others interested in meeting at the Vienna metro and coordinating rides?

    April 18

    • Shannon

      Hi, Ken, if it's not too late to catch you, I can head to Reston. I'm in Oakton and can come up Hunter Mill Road.

      April 19

    • Ken

      I'll meet you at the corner of Weihle and Sunset Hills. There's a Park and Ride on Susnet Hills. Give me a call (571)[masked]

      April 19

  • Thelma S.

    I am away.

    April 18

  • Ken

    I can offer a ride from the Shady Grove Metro station (Red Line).

    March 28

    • Ken

      Sounds fine. We'll coordinate as the date approaches.

      1 · March 28

    • Cheryl (.

      Sorry, I won't be able to go this Saturday.

      April 14

  • Thelma S.

    love to go but, I will be away for a week.

    April 13

  • Thelma S.

    I will be away that week, road trip to Texas

    March 31

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