Antietam National Battlefield

Antietam National Battlefield

Antietam National Battlefield
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8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
About
The Bloodiest One Day Battle in American History: 23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or missing after twelve hours of savage combat on September 17, 1862. The Battle of Antietam ended the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia's first invasion into the North and led to Abraham Lincoln's issuance of the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. Antietam National Battlefield is located in western Maryland, 10 miles south of Hagerstown in Washington County. The best place to start your visit is at the park visitor center. The GPS address for the visitor center is 5831 Dunker Church Road, Sharpsburg, Maryland, 21782. We have brochures, museum exhibits, a film, a museum store, and park rangers and volunteers on duty to help you get oriented. The battlefield is approximately 3,000 acres that you can explore in your car or by walking. Operating Hours & Seasons: Open All Year, The Visitor Center is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Park Grounds are open daylight hours. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day The park has an entrance fee of $5.00 Per Person (age 16 or older; 15 and under FREE) or $10.00 Per Vehicle.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • Traveller
    New York City, New York3,245 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome New Visitor Center
    I visited the Antietam National Battlefield for the second time. The new Visitor Center which just opened is very well done. There is a small museum on the Battle of Antietam and an excellent 27-minute film. There is also a bookstore and gift shop. I did the self-guided driving tour and focused on Dunker Church, the Cornfield, the Sunken Lane, Burnside Bridge, Antietam National Cemetery. Given the new Visitor Center, it was definitely worth going back.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 4 August 2023
  • maggie311_99
    York, Pennsylvania155 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    New visitors center an excellent commemorative for these grounds.
    The revamped and redesigned Visitors Center has opened recently. It was worth the wait. Wonderful interactive exhibits while not diminishing the gravity and loss that occurred on this battlefield. Highly recommend you take the time to watch the film in the auditorium. Succinct but well done overview of the battles at this site. The battlefield itself is well marked for a driving tour. The staff at the Center is welcoming and will take time to answer questions and give guidance. You also may find supplemental guide volunteers at some of the sites like at Bloody Lane. My only heads up for visitors is that there are not a lot of places to eat in the immediate vicinity.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 September 2023
  • lisatravels
    63 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent New Visitor Center - Well Maintained Park
    I am a nature lover with a National Park Pass who was inclined to avoid a NP focussed on the Civil War. I went as I had learned that there was a new visitor center and it was a relatively short detour on a trip to see family. The visitor center is very impressive and the film well done. It provided an understanding of the battle in terms of national and international politics and in terms of the regional geography. I also attended the ranger talk in the upstairs room which I also recommend as the ranger could answer questions and could point out features through the 180 degree views through the glass walls. Definitely recommend going upstairs to check out this room even if there's no ranger talk. Trigger warning : the film shows black and white photos of the dead and the ranger had photos he shared of the dead also. It was in the 90s so I drove around some of the sights, but didn't do too much outside. I did do the West Woods hike as the ranger recommended it as a shaded walk. Also, made sure to see the Burnside Bridge - make sure you watch the video first. On a Saturday in August many stops had volunteer interpreters. Tips: 1. For whatever reason there are roadsides directing you to the Burnside Bridge that direct you the wrong way. 2. Follow the map the park provides. Only restrooms are at the visitor center and you are out of luck if they are closed. 3. There is no picnic area. 4. I didn't see any restaurants in Sharpsburg. Sheperdstown, WV - 12 miles away - has a lovely historical downtown with restaurants and shops. It can get crowded.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 7 September 2023
  • gram777
    New Jersey434 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Recommended For American History
    We watched the epic movie "Gettysburg" with Jeff Daniels & Martin Sheen (GREAT MOVIE,) and this battle was mentioned. We decided to visit & it was worth the trip for the ride thru tour, which does not take too long.) Very touching. Unfortunate for me: The restrooms and main building (gift shop, movie, etc) were closed for renovations :(
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 September 2023
  • Surfpuck
    Long Beach, New York41 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth your time.
    Our government doesn’t always get things right but they sure have here. The new visitors center is excellent with a very good film, bookshop, museum and viewing area. The staff was very helpful and patient. There is a very easy to follow tour trail with all the important stops clearly marked and easy to follow. I bought the CD at the bookshop and it was very good giving directions and then clear explanations at every stop. This is a very, very good way to spend a day.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 19 September 2023
  • Liz J
    Lancaster, Pennsylvania103 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Somber experience, very well presented
    The visitor Center has a very informative theater experience. And the exhibit area is a must to get the history and background information before you set off on a self guided tour of the Battlefield. The tour is well laid out and easy to follow, you can scan their QR code and listen to Park Rangers explain each stop. The experience led to lengthy conversations about the Civil War, slavery and its lasting affects on our Country. Well worth the visit and Kudos to the National Park service for a thought provoking and informative presentation of our history.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 September 2023
  • Heidi W
    Waldorf, Maryland38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just as good a 2nd time
    The new Visitor’s Center is very well done. The 27 minute intro film is a must. Exhibits are informative. Rangers & docents were friendly and helpful. The auto tour that I purchased for the $10 single person entry fee was great! A QR code that you use on your phone that takes you to the 10 most important spots on the battlefield. You can stop & start it if you want to take pictures or explore each spot a little more. Much better than a CD in my opinion. With the visitor center and the auto tour, spending approx. 5-10 minutes at each spot expect to spend about 2.5 to 3.0 hours total. Enjoyable and historical. Glad I went.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 28 October 2023
  • Mama Travels
    239 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Day Well-Spent
    We came during the last fee-free day of the year (Veterans Day) and it was a good way to introduce the children to a part of history that saw a great number of casualties, and hopefully instill in them to appreciate the freedoms they have today as it came at such a great cost. We started out at the visitor center where the introductory film helped us see the big picture and introduced us to facts we didn't know before about this particular battle. It may our outing to the Burnside Bridge more meaningful and we appreciated the Sunken Lands more as wer visualized where the Confederates would have been and where the Union Army would be approaching. We also hung around to catch the last ranger talk for the day and he did a great job rehasing what was in the movie and adding some more details which really make history come alive. It is definitely a day well spend and a great way to honor veterans who have served in America's wars.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 November 2023
  • Wayne B
    Midlothian, Virginia238 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well preserved and beautiful battlefield
    Beautiful Park. We visited nearby Harpers Ferry and then drove here the next morning. The NPS staff were friendly and professional. We did a self guided driving tour as the winds in the open fields were bone chilling. The park has many markers and signs to keep the driving tour easy to follow. Tons of trails -so we'll be back in warmer weather. So much history and in a pretty setting. May those who fought and died rest in peace.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 February 2024
  • Laura S
    Brownstown, Pennsylvania124 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Driving Tour
    Touring these battlefields by car was a great way to spend some time during our family girls weekend. If you like to read plaques, there is A LOT to read. We had young children with us so that wasn't in the cards for our group. We attended the ranger talk at the visitor center before doing the tour. It was about 25 minutes and informative. We didn't do the movie because the kids lost attention span. My daughter loved climbing the tower at the 2nd to last tour stop.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 May 2024
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sloomis31
Bristol, WI1,031 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Antietam is much more manageable than Gettysburg but no less significant. You can get disoriented quite easily so a trip to the visitor center is a must. From there and freshly equipped with a map and a downloadable audio tour, set off on your battlefield excursion. The iconic Dunker Church is surprisingly within sight of the parking lot so spend time learning about the building and how it played a part in the conflict. Then drive down to the cornfield where carnage reigned during the first phase of the battle. After a scenic drive down rolling hills, you come to the bloody lane and the Irish Monument. Walking that area gives you goosebumps. Then be sure to see the famous Burnside Bridge. It is a hike down to the bridge (and back up) but viewing it from both sides and seeing the witness tree on the embankment is both thrilling and chilling. While we only spent two hours here Antietam and the outlying area deserve an entire day.
Written 2 September 2021
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Dan H
Akron, OH31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
We stopped for a day at Antietam Battlefield on July 5th. It is just an hour south of Gettysburg. I would highly recommend visiting Antietam also if you are visiting Gettysburg. The visitor center is being rebuilt, so there is a small temporary visitor center until the new one is complete. The brochure for the auto tour is really all you need, along with the posted statues and memorials that tell the story of the battle. I would recommend reading about the battle prior to visiting the battlefield, that makes it more real when you actually see where the fighting took place.
Written 6 July 2022
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lisatravels
blacksburg63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
I am a nature lover with a National Park Pass who was inclined to avoid a NP focussed on the Civil War. I went as I had learned that there was a new visitor center and it was a relatively short detour on a trip to see family. The visitor center is very impressive and the film well done. It provided an understanding of the battle in terms of national and international politics and in terms of the regional geography. I also attended the ranger talk in the upstairs room which I also recommend as the ranger could answer questions and could point out features through the 180 degree views through the glass walls. Definitely recommend going upstairs to check out this room even if there's no ranger talk. Trigger warning : the film shows black and white photos of the dead and the ranger had photos he shared of the dead also. It was in the 90s so I drove around some of the sights, but didn't do too much outside. I did do the West Woods hike as the ranger recommended it as a shaded walk. Also, made sure to see the Burnside Bridge - make sure you watch the video first. On a Saturday in August many stops had volunteer interpreters. Tips: 1. For whatever reason there are roadsides directing you to the Burnside Bridge that direct you the wrong way. 2. Follow the map the park provides. Only restrooms are at the visitor center and you are out of luck if they are closed. 3. There is no picnic area. 4. I didn't see any restaurants in Sharpsburg. Sheperdstown, WV - 12 miles away - has a lovely historical downtown with restaurants and shops. It can get crowded.
Written 7 September 2023
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The_Wanderer1992
Columbia, MD2,538 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
I was bored and wanted something to do for the day, so I suggested to my husband that we go visit this National Battlefield. My husband who is not a fan of war reluctantly agreed. We started at the visitor center where we got a map and souvenirs and then took off on the 11 stop drive that brought us to a few farms, a church, a stop at a cemetery, a bridge, a tree as old as the Civil War, and a drive by some cornfields and woods. There are several plaques to read along the way. It was a nice, peaceful drive and a decent way to spend a few hours.
Written 20 September 2020
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Pamela P
Martinsburg, WV83 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Take a day and spend here to be immersed in history! Stop at the Visitor Center, take the guided tour, do a self tour, drive, walk...many options! Stop along the way to see the monuments and read the informational sign. Don't miss Burnside Bridge. There is a park fee but if you have National Park Pass, this park is included.
Written 1 March 2020
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KalNJ
Delaware145 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
We had a great visit, interesting, informative, and lots of fun. The NPS app walked us through a self-guided tour which I highly recommend if you can’t, or don’t want to, hire your own guide. The path is well marked, and the directions are easy to follow.

I highly recommend going to the visitor center and asking a park ranger for some information, what to be on the lookout for, etc.
Written 17 May 2022
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Eddy D
Citrus Hills, FL25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Great park to visit. Not very crowded compared to Gettysburg or some of the DC metro parks. Beautiful scenery. Visitors Center is currently makeshift as main one is under renovation. Be advised Sharpsburg is a very small town, the cell signal is weak, and the closest gas station is roughly 4 miles away. But the park itself is highly recommended!
Written 5 August 2021
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Kristin291
Milford, PA45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
This must see drive through tour was amazing. You go to the visitor center, that is being rebuilt, and you get a map that helps you have a general idea of where the stops are. The stops are indicated with number circles and there is parking at every stop. Honestly we could have sent all day there going through walking trails. The driving tour with getting out at every stop for a small look around took us about 3 and 1/2 hours. Well worth it and will definitely be going again in a couple years when the kids get older.
Written 6 September 2022
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Mama Travels
239 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
We came during the last fee-free day of the year (Veterans Day) and it was a good way to introduce the children to a part of history that saw a great number of casualties, and hopefully instill in them to appreciate the freedoms they have today as it came at such a great cost.
We started out at the visitor center where the introductory film helped us see the big picture and introduced us to facts we didn't know before about this particular battle. It may our outing to the Burnside Bridge more meaningful and we appreciated the Sunken Lands more as wer visualized where the Confederates would have been and where the Union Army would be approaching. We also hung around to catch the last ranger talk for the day and he did a great job rehasing what was in the movie and adding some more details which really make history come alive. It is definitely a day well spend and a great way to honor veterans who have served in America's wars.
Written 12 November 2023
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Fletch1946
Fair Haven, NJ974 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
We spent about four hours at the Battlefield. We could have spent many more. Entrance fee was $20 per car. That bought you an orientation film that covered the run up to the battle, the battle and the aftermath, a 30 minute talk by a Ranger (John was ours and he was great) a driving tour of the battlefield with 11 stops where you could get cell-phone talks by rangers. Very worth while
Written 27 August 2021
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