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Antietam to Harper's Ferry


First Ride the awesome Antietam Battlefield:


Then ride 17 miles on pretty Harper's Ferry Road from Antietam to Historic Harper's Ferry:



This 17 mile ride begins at the great Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg, Maryland and ends in Harper's Ferry, West Virginia.

Ride Map


The Antietam National Battlefield (map) is every bit the equal of Gettysburg. The ride through the park is beautiful and a huge contrast to what happened here. From the Park's website: "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."



The displays in the Visitor's Center are very well done.

Items recovered from battlefield


The Dunker Church was the Northern Army's first objective.

Dunker Church


Northern troops marched through the cornfield on their way to the Dunker Church. Many did not make it.

The Cornfield


Southern troops lined up along the fence to repel the Northerners.

The Cornfield


Fighting then shifted to this sunken road. It earned the infamous name "Bloody Lane."

The Sunken Road (Bloody Lane)


The last major offensive involved Northern troops under General Burnside trying to cross this bridge which now bears his name.

Burnside Bridge


Budget a few hours for this remarkable Park.

Once done at Antietam, follow beautiful Harper's Ferry Road along the Potomac River to Harper's Ferry (map).

Antietam to Harper's Ferry, WV


Historic Harper's Ferry has a nice Old Town and a National Historic Park. John Brown tried to start a slave revolt and fought his last stand in the blockhouse below.

John Brown's Fort

Take some time to explore the streets of the Old Town and visit some park sites shown on the Google Map and the Park map. The combination of Antietam and Harper's Ferry make for a great day on the way to/from Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway.