Plan Your Visit
If you have one to two hours:
- Explore the museum exhibits in the visitor center.
- View the 26-minute introductory film "Antietam Visit" which is shown on the hour and the half- hour, except from noon to 1:00 p.m.
- Join a Park Ranger for a battlefield talk.
- Browse the Museum Store.
- Take the self-guided 8 1/2 mile auto tour through the battlefield. The tour has 11 stops and begins at the Dunker Church.
If you have more time, two to four hours, add the following:
- See the one-hour "Antietam Documentary" shown every day in the visitor center from noon to 1:00 p.m.
- Buy an audio tape/CD or join a Park Ranger for a more detailed auto tour.
- Join a Park Ranger for additional battlefield talks and walks.
- Take a self-guided hike on the Cornfield, Final Attack, Union Advance, Antietam Remembered, Sherrick Farm or Snavely Ford Trails.
- Stop by the Pry House Field Hospital Musuem (Check at the visitor center for hours)
Traveling East on Interstate 70:
Exit 29A onto Rt. 65 south. Ten miles south on the left is the Visitor Center.
Traveling West on Interstate 70 from the Baltimore/Washington area:
Exit 29 onto Rt. 65 South towards Sharpsburg. Travel about 10 miles south to the Park Visitor Center entrance which will be on your left side.
Optional Route: Exit 49 onto Alternate Rt. 40 West towards Middletown. Continue through Middletown, over South Mountain to Boonsboro. Turn left onto Rt. 34 to Sharpsburg. When you enter town, turn right (north) onto Rt. 65 and the Park Visitor Center will be on your right a mile north of Sharpsburg.
Traveling North-South on Interstate 81:
Exit 1, Rt. 68, six miles east to Rt. 65. Turn RIGHT at light on Rt. 65. Five miles south on the left is the Visitor Center.
APPROXIMATE DISTANCES FROM ANTIETAM NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD:
Baltimore 65 miles
Washington 70 miles
Frederick, MD 23 miles
Hagerstown, MD 10 miles
Harpers Ferry National Historic Park 17 miles
Gettysburg National Battlefield 60 miles
Manassas National Battlefield 65 miles
Operating Hours & Seasons
Open All Year
Jan. 2008-May 8, 2008 8:30AM-5:00 PM
May 9-May 29, 2008 8:30AM-6:00PM
May 30-Sept. 20, 2008 8:00AM-7:00PM
Sept. 21-Oct. 3, 2008 8:30AM - 6:00 PM
Oct. 4, 2008-Feb. 2009 8:30AM - 5:00 PM
Phone (301) 432-5124
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day
Memorial Day Commemoration, Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend
Independence Day Commemoration (First Saturday in July)
Anniversary of the Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg), September 17
The Memorial Illumination on the 1st Saturday in December.
Fees & Reservations
Three Day Pass
- $4.00 Per Person
- $6.00 Per Family
Annual Pass to Antietam Battlefield
Antietam Partner Membership
By joining us as an Antietam Partner you help support Battlefield projects and programs. Seventy percent of each $80 pass sold goes directly back to Antietam National Battlefield. In return, you receive year-round benefits including an America The Beautiful Pass (valid for one full year at all National Parks) as well as discounts on all purchases at the Antietam Museum Store, free standard shipping on on-line purchases, and discounts at other park stores.
We Honor the Golden Age and Golden Access Passports.
Things To Do
Audiovisual Program: "Antietam Visit," an award-winning film, is shown on the hour. This 26-minute movie recreates the battle as well as President Abraham Lincoln's visit to the Union commander General George B. McClellan. Every day at 12:00 noon a new one hour documentary about the battle of Antietam narrated by James Earl Jones is shown in the visitor center theater.
Tours: The best way to view the battlefield is to take the self-guided driving tour. The tour road is 8½ miles long with 11 stops. Most visitors drive the route, but walking and biking are encouraged. Audiotape or CD programs, which enhance the self-guided tour, may be purchased from the bookstore.
For persons wishing a personalized tour, our non-profit partners, the Antietam Battlefield Guides, will provide you with a guide who will drive your personal vehicle around the park. Our guides have been tested and are experienced and knowledgeable; they also serve as park volunteers. The standard tour lasts two and one-half hours, but many individuals and groups hire guides for longer periods of time. In addition, guides can provide specialty tours. These include tours on particular units or certain areas of the battlefield, as well as other facets of the Maryland Campaign, such as the Siege of Harpers Ferry and the Battles of South Mountain. Tour rates vary depending upon the length of the tour and the size of the group.
Interpretive Programs: Talks are conducted daily by park rangers. During the summer season Ranger programs are expanded and scheduled more often. Check at the Visitor Center for a daily schedule.
Be sure to visit the new Pry House Field Hospital Museum. This new museum is located in the historic Pry House which served as Union Commander General George B. McClellan's headquarters during the battle. The museum is sponsored by the National Museum of Civil War Medicine and is open daily 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
History & Culture
The majority of historic information about the Battle of Antietam is in this section of our web site. The table below lists categories and links to many specific topics that our park visitors frequently ask questions about. The information that you are interested in can also be found in our navigation above, to the left, the site index, or just do a search.
Nature & Science
Antietam National Battlefield is well known for its role in American history. Established in 1890 to commemorate the single bloodiest day of the American Civil War (23,110 casualties), the park attracts an estimate of 205,000 visitors each year. The battlefield, located in the Great Valley region of the Appalachian Ridge and Valley province, encompasses over 3,250 acres of farmland, pastures, woodlots and limestone forests.
In 1992, the Antietam National Battlefield General Management Plan was approved, outlining goals for restoring the battlefield to its 1862 appearance. The plan includes projects such as replanting of historic woodlots and orchards, re-establishing original fencelines, lanes and trails, as well as maintaining the integrity of the historic farmsteads.
The areas in natural cover at the battlefield offer a haven for many different species of plants and animals, and also provide a number of secondary benefits including water and air quality enhancement, ground-water recharge, storm flow moderation, and recreational enjoyment.