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Trip List by Keystone_Traveler

Historic adventure around Antietam National Battlefield and beyond

12 Aug 2007  Parents of four active boys. Combining history with action
2.5 of 5 stars based on 3 votes

Action packed day hopping the Potomac River between Antietam NB and Harpers Ferry

  • Category: Perfect weekend
  • 1. Stay the night at a Rustic Retreats property in either Sharpsburg or Keedysville, MD
    http://www.rusticretreats.net

    Rental properties consist of historically restored houses in Sharpsburg, MD and neighboring Keedysville, MD. Clipps Mill and the Wash House are located in Sharpsburg. Howserz Misteke is located in Keedysville. Very unique and very cool. The kids (and you) will love it.

  • 2. Breakfast at the Red Byrd Restaurant in Keedysville

    Great breakfasts with the locals.

  • 3. Tour the Antietam National Battlefield on your bicycles
    http://www.nps.gov/anti/

    Stop in the visitor center to get a map. The northern portion of the park does not have many difficult climbs; good for younger family members. The southern half of the park has steeper hills making riding much more difficult. Better to hike or drive this portion. One gets a better appreciation of the park by biking or hiking. Check the visitor center for daily activities such as cannon firing demonstrations. This is hallowed ground so make sure kids are respectful while still having fun. In addition to the park's historic significance, the park vistas and surrounding countryside are very scenic.

  • 4. Dinner at the Cracker Barrel

    Sure its a chain restaurant, but there's not much around suitable for kids. You could always go to the Red Byrd but you were there for breakfast. Cracker Barrel has decent food, they serve breakfast all day, and its only about 10 miles north of Sharpsburg near Hagerstown (at the Route 65 exit off I-70). There's a Food Lion supermarket a mile or two south of the Cracker Barrel for those inclined to cook, and to pick up lunch foods and snacks.

  • 5. Dessert at Nutter's Ice Cream in Sharpsburg, MD

    Classic ice cream parlor atmosphere in a great small town. Located at 100 E. Main Street in Sharpsburg. Mingle with the locals. Huge scoops of delicious ice cream. Don't get there too late; they close at 9:00 pm. Worth the calories.

  • 6. Bike along the C&O Canal National Historical Park towpath
    http://www.nps.gov/choh/

    Great level path that winds along the Potomac River. Plan your trip according to your family members endurance. Take your time and enjoy the scenery. Great put-in points near Sharpsburg are at Snyder's Landing Boat Ramp at the end of Snyder's Landing Road going west out of Sharpsburg, or at the end of Miller's Sawmill Road southwest of Sharpsburg.

  • 7. Explore historic Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
    http://www.nps.gov/hafe/

    Skip the visitor center and head right into town. Sure parking is a challenge, but depending when you go parking spots in town can be found. We visited on a Monday afternoon in August and easily found a parking space. Harpers Ferry is a very cool town. Even our teenagers loved this town. It's very unique and there's a lot to see. Great place to explore and have fun. Lots of options for eats and snacks. Watch the trains go by.