Hiking the Battlefield
Take the opportunity to better experience the rural landscape of one of America's best preserved battlefields by walking one of Antietam's trails. The trails are gently rolling, but the surface can be slightly uneven, so good walking shoes are recommended. For a safe and enjoyable hike, please stay on the trails. Safety concerns include poison ivy, stinging nettle plants, stinging insects and be sure to watch for groundhog holes. The park is open during daylight hours. Additional information is available for some trails.
Partner Resources that can enhance your Antietam hiking experience
Kids in Parks is an expanding network of family-friendly outdoor adventures called TRACK Trails. Each TRACK Trail features self-guided brochures and signs that turn your visit into a fun and exciting outdoors experience. Best of all, you can earn PRIZES for tracking your adventures! There is a TRACK Trail at Antietam that the entire family can enjoy.
The Civil War Trust has Battle App®guides that will help you unlock American history —from the battlefield or from home. All of the GPS-enabled guides can be downloaded for free from the App Store and Google Play to use on your iPhone, iPad, iPad touch or Android device, or go to their app pages to get started.
We have developed three trail Podcasts with another partner, Civil War Traveler. The Podcasts are audio files that can be downloaded onto an iPod or mp3 player, and then taken to the battlefield for a walking tour. The three trails with podcasts are: the Cornfield Trail, the Union Advance Trail and the Final Attack Trail. The podcasts are located on our partner's website. There you will find detailed instructions and battlefield maps to accompany the audio tours. Your tour guide is Park Ranger Keith Snyder.