South Mountain—Sharpsburg Tour

Ride 33-miles through the hills of Maryland beginning and ending in historic Boonsboro. This tour is from a series of tours in Washington County, encompassing hundreds of miles of paved roads.

  • Begin in the town of Boonsboro, MD.
  • Head south and climb up South Mountain, a spur of the Blue Ridge chain, to the War Correspondents’ Arch at Gathland State Park. This park was once the mountain home of George Alfred Townsend, a Civil War journalist.
  • Ride back up the valley to the town of Keedysville, where water is available.
  • Travel to Sharpsburg, MD to Antietam National Battlefield, the site of the bloodiest day of the Civil War.
  • Leave the battlefield, and pass the University of Maryland Experimental Farm and the Washington County Agricultural Education Center and Rural Heritage Museum.
  • End in Shafer Memorial Park.

For turn-by-turn directions and other itineraries throughout the region, visit and a map for bike tours and routes in Washington County.

Last updated: August 6, 2018

Park footer

Contact Info

Mailing Address:

Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail
c/o Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park
142 W. Potomac St.

Williamsport, MD 21795


This phone will reach the main line for the C&O Canal National Historical Park.

Contact Us