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Antietam Burnside Bridge, Sharpsburg MD

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4.4 mls N/A
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Elev. Gain:
3.0 hours plus a half hour for lunch
450 ft
Antietam National Battlefield
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Parking on Rodman Ave and Boonsboro Pike/US34. 39.46213, -77.73607

On September 17, 1862, at what is now the Antietam National Battlefield near Sharpsburg MD, Union and Confederate armies fought each other resulting in over 23,000 casualties. There were three primary engagements that day that would become know as The Cornfield, Bloody Lane, and The Burnside or Lower Bridge.

This hike is a figure 8 loop that crosses the Burnside Bridge and follows the hauntingly beautiful Antietam Creek where so many soldiers lost their lives or were injured during one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War.

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Burnside Bridge
Antietam Burnside Bridge Hike Comments
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By: Sean Rating: Date of Hike: Friday, October 14, 2016
Note that as of this writing Burnside Bridge is closed for extensive restoration. So, you can't cross as specified in the last part of this hike. I just doubled back on the first part -- almost the same distance. Also, because of fencing, you can't access the path at mile 1.1 leading up from the bridge, but you can detour up the road through the parking lot and connect with the Snavely Ford trail on the other side (follow the "overlook" sign). A nice hike, the walk along Antietam Creek is very pleasant. Parking is very limited at the described parking spot and was almost full on a weekday. If it's full, just drive in, park in one of the larger lots, and do the hike from there.

By: Dohoon Rating: Date of Hike: Friday, June 8, 2012
Overall it was a good hike. Relatively easy hike so it's a good hike for the whole family. Trail is relatively well maintained and the park has a lot of history. If you are looking for more of a mountain and nature type of hike, this is not one of them.

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