C&O Mile 70 - 85: Shepherdstown & Antietam

Tags on this page: Shepherdstown, Antietam, C&O Canal, Bike Packing, Bike Touring, C&O Canal Lodging

This area’s features are the college town of Shepherdstown WV accessible from the towpath by the Rt 34 bridge.  Here one will find numerous hotels, B&B’s, restaurants, a bike shop, and other services.  The Bavarian Inn is a nice place to stay with great food, although reservations are required, and the Inn fills up quickly. 

In 1862, as the bloodiest single-day battle in American history, the Battle of Antietam, began to unfold in their backyards, some residents of the border town of Sharpsburg, Maryland, took refuge in a nearby rock shelter called Killiansburg Cave 20 yards from the towpath at mile marker 75.7.  There are other similar caves along the towpath with mist of them referred to as Snyder’s Landing Caves.

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1024px-Antietam_National_Battlefield_Memorial_-_Burnside's_Bridge_06 photograph by Piotr Konieczny d
1024px-Antietam_National_Battlefield_Memorial_-_Burnside's_Bridge_06 photograph by Piotr Konieczny d

Shepherdstown; Bridge by Steve Dean
Shepherdstown; Bridge by Steve Dean

1024px-Antietam_National_Battlefield_Memorial_-_Burnside's_Bridge_06 photograph by Piotr Konieczny d
1024px-Antietam_National_Battlefield_Memorial_-_Burnside's_Bridge_06 photograph by Piotr Konieczny d

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If you have time, a visit to nearby Antietam battlefield is a nice diversion of about a 2 mile ride.  Easiest way is north to Snyder’s Landing Road at milepost 77.   Make your way through the town of Sharpsburg and turn left onto Route 65.  The entrance to the Battlefield is about a mile ahead on the right.  Stop at the visitor center and take advantage of their offerings.  The town of Sharpsburg also has B&B’s restaurants and other services

How to use the map: The map below contains points of interest for this section of the trail! Click the upper left hand button to see a menu with a list of all points. Items on this map are grouped by Category or trail, and can be toggled on or off through this menu to get a better picture of  a specific category of options. All items contain their description from the table below, as well as google-maps information as availble. Click on the upper right hand button to view the map in greater detail.

 
 
 

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How to use the table: The table below contains points of interest for this section of the trail! Click on the heading of each section in order to get a sorted list of items (i.e. see all items by Mile on the trail, or all places with Food.) The upper right contains a search bar -- use this to find all items with a specific word (i.e. all 'locks' or all 'attraction'). All items below also exist on the map above, grouped and labeled by type for clarity and convenience.