Although the name Antietam may derive from an Algonquian phrase meaning “swift-flowing stream,” much of the 41 miles of the creek is really quite placid. It’s a lovely location for beginner paddlers to get experience and confidence. With plenty of access points, the river is also easy to put in and take out small watercraft like canoes and kayaks, even for the casual user.
Certainly, one of the waterway’s major charms is its historical connection, which Brent Walls, our Upper Potomac Riverkeeper, features every year in his Antietam Creek RiverPalooza paddle. Burnside’s Bridge is one of the most popular and important landmarks along the river, because of its importance to the Battle of Antietam. But did you know it’s just one of the arched stone bridges crossing the Antietam; in fact, this river has more arched stone bridges than any other waterway in Maryland. You can learn and see more of these sights by checking in with our friends at River & Trail Outfitters who support us all year long.
And while you are planning your next trip to this beautiful gem, check out our friends at Antietam-Conococheague Watershed Alliance and Sierra Club — Maryland Chapter. They often provide us with pollution reports on which Potomac Riverkeeper Network can take action.