The bloodiest day in American history: 23,000 soldiers killed, wounded or missing after twelve hours of savage combat on September 17, 1862 in western Maryland. The Battle of Antietam ended the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia's first invasion into the North and led Abraham Lincoln to issue the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation.
The visitor center is going through an 18-month rehabilitation that will affect the availability of some amenities and exhibits. A staffed temporary visitor center, with a bookstore and amenities, will be open from mid-2021 until summer 2022. Ranger programs are currently suspended, but will be advertised at the visitor center as they become available. Start a visit to Antietam at the visitor center, where you can get a map, learn about the different ways to visit the park, and then take the 8.5 mile self-guided auto tour or take a self-guided hike on the 13 miles of maintained interpretive trails, all designed to help visitors learn more about this important moment in the Civil War.
This pass is only valid for entrance fees at Antietam National Battlefield.
All visitors 16 years of age and older are required to pay an entrance fee at Antietam National Battlefield. Please be prepared to show your physical pass or digital pass on your mobile device inside Antietam's Visitor Center.
Print out or download the pass on your mobile device in advance of your visit. Connectivity may be limited, and the pass must be available to show at all times when visiting Antietam National Battlefield.
Passes are non-transferrable, non-refundable, not replaceable if lost or stolen, and are void if altered or reproduced.
The visitor center is open every day from 9 am to 4 pm, except for Thanksgiving Day, December 25th and January 1st.