THING TO DO

Explore the Battlefield at Antietam

A cannon sits on the battlefield.
While visiting the battlefield, you will notice several tablets, markers, monuments and cannons that dot the landscape.

NPS

Experience the Park

Visit one of the best preserved battlefields in the country. The historic landscape provides great opportunities to see and understand how terrain affected the soldier's experience during the twelve hours of combat on September 17, 1862. From the Dunker Church to Bloody Lane, from the Burnside Bridge to the National Cemetery, Antietam is a place to reflect on the sacrifices made during our Nation's greatest struggle.

Take a Hike

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.

Things to Do

When you arrive, if you have one to two hours:

  • Explore the museum exhibits in the visitor center.
  • View the 26-minute introductory film. Narrated by James Earl Jones, the film is shown on the hour and the half hour.
  • Join a Park Ranger for a battlefield talk.
  • Browse the Museum Store.
  • Take the self-guided 8 1/2 mile auto tour through the battlefield. The tour has 11 stops and begins at the Dunker Church.
If you have more time, two to four hours, add the following:
  • Buy an audio CD or join a Park Ranger for a more detailed auto tour.
  • Join a Park Ranger for additional battlefield talks and walks. Talks are conducted daily by park rangers. During the summer season Ranger programs are expanded and scheduled more often. Check at the Visitor Center for a daily schedule.
  • Take a self-guided hike on the Bloody Lane, Cornfield, Final Attack, Union Advance, Antietam Remembered, Sherrick Farm or Snavely Ford Trails.
  • Stop by the Pry House Field Hospital Museum
  • Go on a battlefield scavenger hunt that you can complete while touring the battlefield and answering questions.
Details

Pets Must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet long, at all times when in the park, regardless of pet obedience OR proximity of owner.

Three Day Pass 
$5.00 Per Person (age 16 or older; 15 and under FREE) 
$10.00 Per Vehicle

Annual Pass to Antietam Battlefield
$30.00
Valid for one year from month of purchase for Antietam National Battlefield only. Admits pass holder and passengers in a single private vehicle.

America The Beautiful Pass
$80.00
National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass – This pass is available to the general public and provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity Fee for a year, beginning from the date of sale. The pass admits the pass holder/s and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas and pass holder + 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults, at per person fee areas.

 
Military Passes
Free
This is a free pass to active duty military personal and their dependents. In order to qualify for the pass, the military member must present a valid Department of Defense, CAC Card. Dependents must present a valid Department of Defense ID (DD Form 1173) that identifies the dependent and his or her sponsor. Some members of the Military Reserve might not be eligible.

The Visitor Center address is 5831 Dunker Church Road, Sharpsburg, MD 21782

Traveling East on Interstate 70:

Exit 29A onto Rt. 65 south. Ten miles south on the left is the Visitor Center.

Traveling West on Interstate 70 from the Baltimore/Washington area:

Exit 29 onto Rt. 65 South towards Sharpsburg. Travel about 10 miles south to the Park Visitor Center entrance which will be on your left side.

Optional Route: Exit 49 onto Alternate Rt. 40 West towards Middletown. Continue through Middletown, over South Mountain to Boonsboro. Turn left onto Rt. 34 to Sharpsburg. When you enter town, turn right (north) onto Rt. 65 and the Park Visitor Center will be on your right a mile north of Sharpsburg.

Traveling North-South on Interstate 81:

Exit 1, Rt. 68, six miles east to Rt. 65. Turn RIGHT at light on Rt. 65. Five miles south on the left is the Visitor Center.

APPROXIMATE DISTANCES FROM ANTIETAM NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD:

Baltimore 65 miles

Washington 70 miles

Frederick, MD 23 miles

Hagerstown, MD 10 miles

Harpers Ferry National Historic Park 17 miles

Gettysburg National Battlefield 60 miles

Manassas National Battlefield 65 miles

Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day

Special Programs

Memorial Day Commemoration (Monday of Memorial Day Weekend at the National Cemetery)

Independence Day Commemoration (First Saturday in July)

Anniversary of the Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg), September 17

The Memorial Illumination (First Saturday in December)

The Visitor Center is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Park Grounds are open daylight hours.

Phone (301) 432-5124

Accessibility Information

Antietam Battlefield is committed to making the Park accessible to individuals with mobility, hearing or vision impairments.

Physical and Program Features at the Battlefield

Parking - Accessible (Note, sidewalk leading to the visitor center inclines 5° for 50 feet)

Visitor Center - Accessible: ·

  • Bookstore - cd tours for purchase, hire a private guide to go in your vehicle, literature, souvenirs, music for sale ·
  • Museum - enter using steps or elevator, various fonts on displays ·
  • Theater –captioned 27 minute orientation film, designated seating, unrestricted seats available, audio description available. ·
  • Observation Room, use steps from lobby or ramp from outside sidewalk; ·
  • Restrooms, touch free faucets and flushing, towel or hot air drying, (large turn around stall)

Tour Roads - Accessible (Use your own vehicle, 8½ miles in length with 11 stops, Burnside Bridge, stop 9 requires short sidewalk &a few ½ size steps. Wheelchair access use designated parking. Audio tour and private guides available (301.432.4329)

Historic Structures

  • Dunker Church - not accessible but viewable from doorway
  • Pry House Field Hospital Museum - accessible, use Authorized Vehicle Parking area up a hill. Open seasonally, call (301) 695-1864 for more information
  • Newcomer House, Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area visitor center –accessible, Open seasonally, call 301-432-6402 for more information

Interpretive Programs - Ranger talks are stationary or short walks. Sign Interpreters are provided with a 72 hour advance notice

Entrance Fee - No admission fee for individuals who qualify or possess the National Access Passport.

Visitor feedback on their tour of Antietam is the best way we can improve our accessibility services. Your comments and Suggestion are welcome.

You may wish to learn about the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Access Pass.

Last updated: May 22, 2017