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Hike 30: Antietam National Battlefield


The battlefield is characterized by mostly natural, treeless surface paths touching farmland, woods, and rolling hills. On September 17, 1862, 23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded, or missing during the Battle of Antietam, following the bloodiest single day of the Civil War. The battle 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. Parking is available at Antietam National Battlefield Visitor Center at 5831 Dunker Church Road, Sharpsburg, MD 21782. Find more information at: The yellow highlight is used to illustrate the recommended route (7.9 miles, 800' ascent). Directions for recommended route: (1) Left at flagpole at Visitor Center. (2) Left to cross Dunker Church Rd; Right at Dunker Church. (3) Left onto West Woods Trail. (4) Right onto grassy shoulder along MD-65 Sharpsburg Pike. (5) Right onto grassy shoulder along Starke Ave; pass West Woods post on right and do NOT take left turn. (6) Cross then Left onto grassy shoulder along Dunker Church Rd/Cornfield Trail. (7) Right to continue on Cornfield Trail. (8) Right onto Mansfield Ave. (9) Right onto Smoketown Rd. (10) Left onto Mumma Farm Lane; Left onto driveway with restricted entry sign; Right behind house; Left onto Bloody Lane Trail and pass Stop 1. (11) Continue on Bloody Lane Trail as Mumma/Roulette Farm Education Trail goes left. (12) Left onto grassy shoulder along Bloody Lane; continue Left to tower; continue onto Richardson Ave. (13) Cross MD-34 onto Rodman Ave; immediate Left onto Sherrick Farm Trail; Right to continue on Sherrick Farm Trail. (14) Cross then left onto Burnside Bridge Road; Right at Sherrick Farm Trail and continue. (15) Right to cross Burnside Bridge. (16) Immediate left up Burnside Bridge; stop at view. (17) Continue down Old Burnside Bridge Road. (18) Right onto Rodman Ave at stop sign. (19) Cross MD-34 onto Richardson Ave; bear Left at tower onto grassy shoulder along Bloody Lane; Right at Bloody Lane Trail post. (20) Left to stay on Bloody Lane Trail; cross to Visitor Center. Through volunteer efforts, education and advocacy, the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) maintains and protects a section of the Appalachian Trail, in addition to the Tuscarora and other nearby trails and trail lands, in the Mid-Atlantic region for the enjoyment of present and future hikers. Visit to learn more about our mission and find volunteer opportunities. PATC expressly disclaims responsibility for the condition or location of trails, features, or facilities shown on this map, or for occurrences on them, at any time whatsoever. Reasonable efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy of this map, but users are requested to report map corrections and trail information to This map was originally published as part of a printed guidebook, comprised of 70 numbered hikes, crafted for the 2015 ATC Biennial Conference.

Price: $ 0.99 USD

Vendor: Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, Inc.

Category: Trails

Activities: Hiking

Published: 2015-July

Language: English

Size: 12.8 MB

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