Hiking the Battlefield

Map of Antietam hiking trails

National Park Service

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.

Antietam Remembered - 1/4 mile loop with paved walkway
This trail loops to significant landmarks and monuments near the visitor center, including the historic Dunker Church and the Maryland State Monument.

Bloody Lane Trail - 1.6 mile loop
This trail starts at the visitor center and winds through the historic Mumma and Roulette Farms, following in the footsteps of Union soldiers as they advanced toward the Sunken Road where you can explore the Confederate position in what has been known since the battle as Bloody Lane.

Cornfield Trail - 1.25 mile loop
This trail starts and ends at Auto Tour Stop 4 -The Cornfield. The trail covers most of the area where the early morning action of battle took place. There were more casualties in and around the Cornfield than anywhere else on the battlefield.

Final Attack Trail - 1.7 mile loop
This trail starts at Auto Tour Stop 8. After capturing the Bridge, over 8,000 Union soldiers crossed Antietam Creek. They marched across the fields where the trail is located for the final advance to drive the Confederate Army from Maryland, only to be turned back by A.P. Hill's final Confederate counterattack.

Sherrick Farm Trail - 1.3 mile one way
This trail starts at the intersection of the park tour road and State Rt. 34. It meanders through farm fields and woodlots typical of Antietam. The trail ends at the famous Burnside Bridge. The hike is hilly and please use extra caution crossing modern Burnside Bridge Road.

Snavely Ford Trail - 1.8 mile loop
This trail starts at Auto Tour Stop 8. The Snavely Ford Trail follows Antietam Creek for much of its length. The hike is mostly flat and shady except for one uphill climb at the end of the trail.

Three Farms Trail - 1.6 mile one way
This trail connects the north end trails to the south end trails (see map for reference). It also takes you to some of the quietest and most beautiful areas of the park. The trail connects to the Bloody Lane Trail in the north and the Sherrick Farm Trail in the south. For groups or others with more than one vehicle, a great option is to have one car at the visitor center and a second at the Burnside Bridge and walk from one end of the battlefield to the other.

Tidball Trail - .3 miles one way
Trail starts at the historic Newcomer House and takes you to one of the best overlooks on the battlefield and explores the area where the Union 5th Corps crossed the Middle Bridge over Antietam Creek.

Union Advance Trail - 1 mile loop
This trail starts at Auto Tour Stop 8. This trail crosses Burnside Bridge and makes a loop on the east side of Antietam Creek. The hike explores the area where the Confederates defended the Burnside Bridge, and then crosses over the creek to where the Union Ninth Corps made their advances to capture the bridge.

West Woods Trail - .9 mile loop
This trail starts and ends at Auto Tour Stop 5 and will take you to some of the key spots associated with the fighting in the West Woods. It is just under a mile in length and is mostly shaded.

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.

Last updated: July 15, 2023

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