For this hike (https://www.hikingupward.com/OMH/AntietamBurnsideBridge/images/Map.pdf) we will be doing a 9.2 mile hike that combines a walk through the Antietam National Battlefield (one of the most significant battles of the American Civil War) and its many monuments as well as a hike along Antietam Creek and through the farm fields surrounding the park.
This hike has relatively little elevation gain but we plan to walk a fast pace of 3 - 3.5 miles per hour, so please make sure you're up for it! Please come prepared with the proper clothes, hiking boots, and enough water and food for a hike of over 9 miles.
Afterwards we'll head over to the nearby Antietam Creek Vinyards (https://antietamcreekvineyards.com/) a farm/winery which features wines grown in the region's unique Karst soils. Bring picnic blankets if you want something to sit on, as it's an outdoor only space.
Please remember that this group is an informal group of friends and volunteers initiating trips under the common adventurer model (http://www.ronwatters.com/CADefine.htm). We do expect our members to be familiar with the best practices of hiking – this is not a group for first time hikers and is NOT a group for those seeking hiking instruction.
We're not experts or professionals, nor are we trained hike leaders, nor do we scout out hikes. We plan hikes for fun. You are responsible for your own welfare and safety at all LMH events. We plan hikes for fun. You are responsible for your own welfare and safety at all LMH events. Be sure to choose to attend hikes only within your own physical abilities and hiking knowledge; take maps, suitable clothing, provisions (at least two liters of water plus any food or medical supplies you might require) and equipment, and act responsibly and safely at all times.
Acting responsibly and safely includes always making sure that you stay with a group (we advise using the buddy system) and staying on, or within sight of (if you need to answer the call of nature or avoid an obstacle on the trail), marked trails at all times. If you ever believe you may be lost, follow the advice of the US Forest Service. https://www.fs.fed.us/visit/know-before-you-go/if-you-get-lost
LMH organizers and members shall not be liable for any injuries, loss or damage to persons or property, direct or consequential, arising out of any aspect of LMH activities. By attending this event, you represent that you have read, understand, and agree to the contents of our waiver of liability in the following link.