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. Park Grounds are open daylight hours.

Beautiful array and variety of wildflowers!

As of August 2016, the Burnside Bridge at the southern end of the trail loop is closed for repairs. The closure began in October 2015. Press reports say that the bridge will reopen in the fall of 2016, but check on the status of the bridge at the visitor center before setting out.

There is beautiful, varied terrain. The trails were well kept, with very scenic views. The only drawback was the neccesary checking of the map at every intersection. Some more trail markings would suffice. But overall it was a great run!

Shady, creek-following short hike. Maintained trail, no major hills. Great loop to burn some energy off the dog!

scenic driving
Saturday, February 27, 2016

Great place to learn about history

Good number of paw paw trees line the trail, enjoy them as a nice snack, right off the tree.

A nice walk through one of the few wooded trails at Antietam. Saw deer and lots of different birds. About half the trail is along Antietam creek.

Nice park. I enjoyed the lookout tower and the walk itself. But it is sad to think of the great loss of life and all for nothing.