Snavely Ford Trail, Antietam National Battlefield Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"A pleasant circuit walk along the surprisingly wild Antietam Creek, one of three fronts in the Battle of Antietam, the bloodiest day of the Civil War. Wild turkey, beaver, barred owls, and other wildlife inhabit the stream valley. Cows can often be seen grazing on the other side of the creek. The lovely bucolic countryside belies the carnage that took place along the creek on September 17, 1862. The Battle of Antietam (also known as the Battle of Sharpsburg) took place in three phases over 12 square miles.
Down by the creek, Union general Burnside tried to move his army over the bridge and into Sharpsburg. The streamside trail preserves the landscape that saw the death of thousands. Now it is alive with towering oaks and maples, blackberries on the edges, and the scent of pawpaws by the bank. Special considerations: The creek is stocked with trout in spring; licenses are available at a store near the park. The rest of the battlefield and the charming town of Sharpsburg make a fine conclusion to the hike. A hiking ritual: Stop at Nutters in Sharpsburg for ice cream."