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Explore everything from historic Baltimore to famed Civil War battle sites like Monocacy National Battlefield and Antietam National Battlefield – all managed by the National Park Service.
Start your tour of Colonial America’s battlefield sites in Maryland’s largest and most historic city, Baltimore.
From Baltimore, hop on Interstate 70 and head west to the Monocacy National Battlefield – just an hour out of town in Frederick. Operated by the National Park Service, the site commemorates the Battle of Monocacy Junction – known as “The Battle That Saved Washington DC” – fought in 1864 during the American Civil War. Covering 1,647 acres, the battlefield features walking paths like the Worthington Farm Trails, Thomas Farm Trails, and Gambrill Mill Trail – plus an auto tour and the Monocacy National Battlefield Visitor Center.
Still in Charm City, continue your exploration of Maryland historic sites with visits to Federal Hill Park, the gravesite of famed author Edgar Allen Poe, and the legendary Fort McHenry National Monument.
From there, travel 18 miles northwest to the pet-friendly South Mountain State Battlefield in Middletown – a site observing the Battle of South Mountain. Fought in 1862 during the Civil War, South Mountain was Maryland’s first major Civil War scrape. Found on the National Register of Historic Places, the South Mountain State Battlefield features the Washington Monument State Park, and reenactments of the Battle of South Mountain. South Mountain is also intersected by the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.
Just 10 miles southwest of South Mountain, the Antietam National Battlefield is located in Sharpsburg – covering 3,230 acres of western Maryland along Antietam Creek. The site commemorates the Civil War Battle of Antietam, fought in 1862, and features the Antietam National Cemetery, the Pry House Field Hospital Museum, and the famed Bloody Lane at Antietam. Be sure to explore the Antietam National Battlefield Visitor Center, and take a stroll past the scenic Burnside's Bridge.
Continue your tour of Colonial America’s famed battlefields in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington D.C.