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596Ranger-led Spring Hikes/Rides

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  • rotbaron@aol.com
    Apr 1, 2002
      From NPS website....

      Park rangers will be leading a series of hikes and bicycle tours at
      Antietam National Battlefield this spring. Many of these programs will
      take visitors to infrequently seen areas of the battlefield. These
      programs are an excellent way to appreciate the influence of the natural
      environment on the battle and to enjoy the lovely scenery of the
      battlefield. All programs go rain or shine, so visitors should dress for
      the weather. In case of lightning, programs will be canceled. For
      further information, contact 301-432-5124.

      Sunday, March 17 - In the footsteps of the Irish Brigade. 2-to-2 ½-mile
      hike. Starts at visitor center at 1 p.m. Takes visitors to the Roulette
      Farm and then advances to the Sunken Road. Lasts 2-2 ½ hours.

      Sunday, March 24 - The Union approach to Burnside Bridge. 1-1 ½-mile
      hike. Meet at visitor center at 1 p.m. and we will caravan with vehicles
      to parking area on Burnside Bridge Rd. Covers the high ground on the
      Union side of the bridge. Program lasts two hours (including drive to
      Burnside Bridge Rd.).

      Sunday, April 7 - In the footsteps of Lee and Jackson. 2 ½ -3-mile hike.
      Meet at visitor center at 1 p.m. Takes visitors through the West Woods,
      Hauser Ridge and the Reel Farm, following in the footsteps of Robert E.
      Lee and Stonewall Jackson at the battle of Antietam. Lasts 2 ½-3 hours.

      Sunday, April 14 - The noose around Lee's neck. 2 ½-mile hike. Meet at
      parking lot on Route 34 opposite National Cemetery at 1 p.m. Looks at a
      critical, rarely seen segment of the Confederate battle line. Includes
      picturesque vistas on Piper Farm and Sherrick Farm. Lasts 2 ½-3 hours.

      Sunday, April 28 - Sherrick Farm hike. 1 ¾-mile hike. Meet at parking
      lot on Route 34 opposite National Cemetery at 1 p.m. Travels on-trail
      and off-trail to Sherrick farm house and returns to parking area via
      National Cemetery. Includes visit inside historic Sherrick house. Steep
      hills. Lasts 2 ½-3 hours.

      Sunday, May 5 - Full battlefield hike, in two parts. Morning hike covers
      West Woods, the Cornfield, East Woods, Mumma Farm, Roulette Farm and
      Bloody Lane. 3 ½-mile hike starts at 9:30 a.m. at visitor center and
      lasts 3 hours. Afternoon hike covers Sherrick Farm, Burnside Bridge and
      National Cemetery. 2 ½-mile hike lasts 2 ½-3 hours. Meet at parking lot
      on Route 34 opposite National Cemetery at 1:30 p.m.

      Sunday, May 12 - Bike and hike: In Lee's Footsteps. A combination of
      walking and bicycle riding will follow the nimble movements of General
      Robert E. Lee at the battle of Antietam. Meet at visitor center at 9:30
      a.m. Total riding distance is 7 miles. Total walking distance is 1 mile
      through farm fields. Not suitable for small children. Cycling shoes are
      not practical. Tour lasts 3 ½ hours.

      Sunday, May 19 - The Union perimeter on bicycle. 11-mile bicycle ride
      will ramble through lovely countryside past Union headquarters and many
      Union field hospitals. Includes tour inside historic Pry House (Union
      headquarters). Meet at visitor center at 9:30 a.m. Ride is not suitable
      for small children. Some riding on gravel surfaces. Tour lasts 3 ½
      hours.

      Monday, May 27 - Tour the battlefield on bicycle. 9-mile ride follows
      the battlefield tour road. Meet at visitor center at 9:30 a.m. Tour
      lasts 3 ½ hours.

      Sunday, June 9 - Bike and hike: The Confederate perimeter. A combination
      of walking and bicycle riding will take in the scenic ground behind the
      Confederate battle line. The tour will look at the actions of J.E.B.
      Stuart and John Pelham on the northern flank, the ford on the Potomac
      River and A.P. Hill's arrival at Harpers Ferry Road. Meet at visitor
      center at 9:30 a.m. Total riding distance is 14 miles. Total walking
      distance is ¾ mile. Hilly and challenging ride. Not suitable for small
      children. Tour lasts 3 ½ hours.

      Sunday, June 16 -- Tour the battlefield on bicycle. 9-mile ride follows
      the battlefield tour road. Meet at visitor center at 9:30 a.m. Tour
      lasts 3 ½ hours.

      URL is http://www.nps.gov/anti/Press_Rel13.htm

      POSED BY: Tom Shay
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