Rohrbach Campground is part of the Antietam National Battlefield. It is a walk-in, primitive camping area available to Scouts and other organized groups. In 2014, the campground will be open from May 23 until October 14. While visiting, the Scouts can go on a 10-mile hike of the battlefield and earn a patch. For patches and the guidebook, contact our museum store at (301) 432-4329. The campground has 10 sites, each of which is provided with a fire ing and picnic tables and space to accommodate a maximum of 30 people.
Campground reservations are made by mail only and are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Campground assignments will be made by Antietam National Battlefield staff. Each site is assessed a $25 charge for either a one- or two-night stay. Extended stays are charged at a rate of $10 per night per campsite. Additionally, all scouts and scout leaders ages seventeen and older are required to pay the park entrance fee of $4 per person to be paid at the Park Visitor Center.
Please--Do not bring firewood--we will provide it. (You may bring clean kindling) The Emerald Ash Borer is an insect and an exotic beetle that is native to Asia. In July 2002, it was discovered feeding on ash trees in southeastern Michigan. Since its discovery, this devastating pest has destroyed more than 5 million ash trees, and the infestation has spread beyond Michigan into Ohio. Additionally, infected ash nursery trees have been found in Maryland and Virginia. Thank you for helping us keep our woodlands free of this pest.
If you are interested in conducting a camporee, please submit your request in writing to: Superintendent, Antietam National Battlefield, P.O. Box 158, Sharpsburg, MD 21782. Upon receipt of your letter, a staff member will contact you. Campground availability for camporees is best during July and August. It is recommended that you make your request at least 6 weeks in advance.
The Reservation ProcessReservation forms can be obtained in three ways:
1) downloadable forms: Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF
3) calling (301) 432-2243
When you print or receive your application, mail the completed form, along with your check made payable to Antietam National Battlefield, to:
Antietam National Battlefield
If there is a vacancy for the date(s) you have requested, your check will be deposited and a reservation will be made. We will then send you a permit verifying your reservation. Your permit will contain your site assignment, relevant camping regulations, and basic information on available programs. Please keep the permit and bring it with you when you come to camp. During your stay, a ranger may visit your site and ask to see your permit. Also, please note that once your check is received, the reservation is nonrefundable, even if you cancel.
If the date(s) you request are unavailable, your check will be returned with another reservation form in case you are interested in reapplying for a different time. Additionally, we will keep your original request on a cancellation list. Should a vacancy arise, we will contact you to see if you are still interested. If you are, we will issue you a permit which you can pick up at the Visitor Center during normal business hours (8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.). Payment (by check) is expected upon receipt of the permit.
Did You Know?
Alexander Gardner's photographs of Antietam were the first ever images to show dead soldiers on the field of battle. A New York Times article about the photographs said it was if the "dead had been laid at our doorsteps." More...