Antietam to WV Ride
First Ride the awesome Antietam
Then ride to Mingo, West Virginia:
This is a great day on a bike. Highlights
Antietam National Battlefield (map),
Harper's Ferry Road, Harper's Ferry, Old WV Route 55, Seneca Roads, and
WV Route 250.
This ride starts with a 9.2 mile Antietam
Battlefield Ride. 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.
Antietam battlefield Map
Antietam Battlefield Tour
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
The displays in the Visitor's Center are
very well done.
Items recovered from battlefield
The Dunker Church was the Northern Army's
Northern troops marched through the
cornfield on their way to the Dunker Church. Many did not make it.
Southern troops lined up along the fence
to repel the Northerners.
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.
Budget a few hours for this remarkable
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 start on the way to West Virginia.
Leave Harper's Ferry and cross the
Shenandoah River to Virginia. Turn right on VA Route 671 (Harper's
ferry Rd.) Turn right on Route 9 and cross back into West Virginia.
Re-cross the Shenandoah River and turn south on Route 340. Follow
Route 340, Route 7, and I-81 to Strasburg, VA.
Turn west on U.S. 48 (Corridor H) and ride
through George Washington National Forest and into West Virginia.
Old WV Route 55
Just after you
cross the West Virginia State Line, stop for lunch at the
Kac-Ka-Pon Restaurant in Wardensville, WV. The restaurant is
known for its pie!
Kac-Ka-Pon Restaurant Pie
Just after Wardensville, bear right onto
Old WV Route 55. This road twists
and turns beside the newer and straighter U.S. Route 48.
VA Route 55
Old VA Route 55 crossing under Route 48
- Photo by Dave Hallock
Turn south on U.S. 220 in Moorefield and
follow it and Route 28 south into the
Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area. Continue south to the great
Seneca Rocks Scenic View.
Seneca Rocks - Photo by Dave Hallock
Ride a short distance south to Yokum's
Store. Stop and grab a drink while enjoying this fine view.
Alternatively, sit on the deck of the
Front Porch Restaurant and have a slice of pie and a drink.
Ride south on Route 28 all the way to U.S.
250. Turn right on Route 250 and enjoy a superb ride with great
twists and views.
Turn left on Route 219 and follow it south
to the hotel.