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Address: 5831 Dunker Church Rd., Sharpsburg, MD 21782
Phone Number:
+1 301-432-5124
08:00 - 17:30
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 17:30
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

The Bloodiest One Day Battle in American History: 23,000 soldiers were...

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.

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Walking through history. The Rangers were extremely helpful an we intend to come back in warmer weather and spend more time.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Walking through history. The Rangers were extremely helpful an we intend to come back in warmer weather and spend more time.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

When visiting here, you cannot help but think of the sacrifices made by those who fought here for their beliefs. It is a haunting place that brings you back in time whether you walk any or all of the trails, or take the auto tour with the help of the guide. You will immerse yourself in the days in September... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It's an excellent national park, absolutely worth the visit. My two cents: Do your absolute best to take at least one of the very well-marked walking (hiking) trails around the park. If you ask the NPS staff at the front desk (where you pay the fee, but then again you really should get the annual pass) they will give you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Learn about the "bloodiest 1 day battle in American history" at this historic battlefield. There is a well rounded national park center with a view of the battlefield, displays, movie, gift shop, and helpful rangers. We really enjoyed our visit.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The park is set up to be driven, but if you are patient, there are walking trails that connect everything. Beautiful rolling hills, grassy fields, and lots of history. I paid $5 for the day. My ticket was good for three days. And I was treated to what ended up being a private history lesson by one of the park... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I took the car and followed the route. An stunning experience. The route is set up incredibly well. So crazy to read about the battle movements, and then to glance over the fields and hills. You can almost see the troops moving around you. Absolutely a must-see. Easy to get to, doesn't cost a thing, plenty of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

I took a day trip to this national park. The history is undeniable, and the Parks department has done a fantastic job of keeping the history of the battlefield. Walking the ground and seeing the monuments to both the Union and Confederacy is a great learning experience. Standing on the edge of the Cornfield, or on the sunken road, you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

The size and scope of the battlefield is well presented. This is a large, well preserved area. Much to see and ponder. Easy access and a great visitor center

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

Although I am not a history buff, thoroughly enjoyed the visit to the battlefield. Definitely recommend the ranger 30 minute talk before walking and driving the grounds. It will provide you a great overview of the battle (informative for me with no knowledge and entertaining for my husband who is a civil war buff). I would then suggest walking from... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

A great experience whether you're a history buff or not, you can still feel the weight ave significance of the battle in the air. The visitor center has a nice small museum, staff is incredibly helpful & friendly, and park ranger talks are included with admission ( which is very low .) The self guided auto tour was my favorite... More 

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