Permits & Reservations

Camping

The Rohrbach Campground is available for organized youth groups (such as scouts and school groups) only. For more information and to make a reservation, please visit Recreation.gov. Ten sites are available with advance reservation. Each campsite offers a fire ring and picnic tables and space to accommodate a maximum of 30 people. Outdoor restrooms are available at the campground and indoor facilities are located at the Antietam National Cemetery and the Visitor Center. A water spigot is available at the visitor center - please provide your own water containers. When the temperature is above freezing, the rangers also provide a water buffalo on-site at the campground. Map to the Rohrbach Campground, (pdf, 2.7 MB).

Please Note: Scout and organized youth groups only. Family and individual camping is not available at Antietam Battlefield, but you can visit this list of public campgrounds in the area that are open to family and individual camping.

Basic Permit Information

A permit is required to conduct activities including, but not limited to:

  • Organized recreational events
  • Ceremonies
  • Public assemblies/meetings/gatherings/demonstrations/parades/etc. by groups of more than 25 people
  • Sale or distribution of printed material (not solely advertising) by groups of more than 25 people
  • Memorialization
  • Business operations
  • Horseback riding in groups of 6 or more

For more detailed information, see the park Superintendent’s Compendium or 36 CFR Sections 2.50, 2.51, or 2.52 . You can also contact the park Special Use Permit Office at (301) 432-0306 x105 or email them. Current National Park Service policy states that “A permittee may not collect admission, parking, or any other monies associated with a special event on park property.” All permittee monetary transactions must take place outside the park.”

Commercial Filming and Still Photography

Changes to Commercial Filming Permits on Park Land

On January 22, 2021, the US District Court for the District of Columbia issued a decision in Price v. Barr determining the permit and fee requirements applying to commercial filming under 54 USC 100905, 43 CFR Part 5, and 36 CFR Part 5 are unconstitutional. The National Park Service is currently determining how this decision will be implemented.

Following the recent court decision, the National Park Service will not be implementing or enforcing the commercial filming portions of 43 CFR Part 5 until further notice, including accepting applications, issuing permits, enforcing the terms and conditions of permits, issuing citations related to permits, or collecting cost recovery and location fees for commercial filming activities.

As regulations regarding commercial filming permits are being reassessed, those interested in commercial filming activities on land managed by the National Park Service are encouraged to contact the park directly at the permit office number below for more information about filming in the park and to discuss how to minimize potential impacts to visitors and sensitive park resources.

Do I need a permit to film?

Currently, the National Park Service is not issuing commercial filming permits, but is in the process of evaluating how best to regulate filming activities that affect visitors and park resources. All applicable laws and regulations governing activities and public use in parks still apply, including park hours and areas open and closed to the public. Videographers, filmers, producers, directors, and other staff associated with commercial filming are reminded that rules and regulations that apply to all park visitors still apply to filming activities even if no permit is needed for their activity. Check with the park staff for more information on closures, sensitive resources, and other safety tips.

Are filmers still required to pay fees to film in parks?

As of January 22, 2021, the National Park Service is no longer collecting application or location fees, or cost recovery for filming.

Still photography requires a permit when the activity takes place at a location where the public is not typically allowed, when the park would incur costs to monitor the activity, or if the activity uses models, sets, or props. The payment of cost recovery and a location fee is required in addition to the permit application fee.

  • Sets and props include photography equipment other than a camera and tripod. The use of other equipment such as lighting, backdrops, shades, screens, etc. requires a permit.
  • Sets and props also include inanimate objects brought to the area and used to stage a specific scene. Items such as smoke generators or bombs, confetti cannons, snow machines, balloons, etc. that have the potential to be released into the park environment and/or impair the visitor experience are not allowed. A permit is required for any other props, except a small number of items of limited size that can be hand carried to the photography site in one trip and removed promptly when the activity is complete.
  • A model is defined as a person or object that serves as the subject of still photography for the purpose of promoting the sale or use of a product or service. The use of a model requires a permit.

Applying for a Permit

Persons interested in applying for a permit should contact the permit office by email (recommended) or by telephone at 301-432-0306 x105. They can answer questions and provide the application form if required. A non-refundable application fee of $50.00 is required; payment will be arranged using an on-line, government payment system. Allow at least two to three weeks for the review and approval process. Applications for new race type events that begin and/or finish in the park, weddings with more than 50 participants, wedding receptions, or after hours events will not be accepted.

Cost Recovery

Other costs may be incurred by the National Park Service due to a permitted event, including- charges for monitoring the event, traffic and parking control, and other associated costs. A Special Use Permit will include an estimate of these costs and the permittee will be billed for these services after the event. Permit holders must supply all equipment required for their event.

For More Information

Any questions regarding special use permits should be directed to the park’s Permit Office at (301) 432-0306 x105 or email them.

Private Tours

For persons wishing a personalized tour, the Antietam Battlefield Guides can provide you a private tour of the battlefield. The guide service is offered though the park's cooperative association, Eastern National. The standard tour lasts two hours, but many individuals and groups hire guides for longer periods of time. In addition, guides can provide specialty tours. These include tours on particular units or certain areas of the battlefield, as well as other facets of the Maryland Campaign, such as the Siege of Harpers Ferry and the Battles of South Mountain. Tour rates vary depending upon the length of the tour and the size of the group. For more information, please visit www.antietamguides.com. Keep in mind that tour arrangements should be made in advance by calling our museum store at 301-432-4329.


Last updated: February 6, 2021

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