Leesburg VA to Antietam National Battlefield MD + ADD NEW ROUTE
in 45 Miles
By "Eagle One" GWRRA Virginia Chapter Y, Blue Ridge Wings of Leesburg, VA
on August 1, 2007
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There are many different ways to get from Leesburg to the Antietam National Battlefield in Maryland. The best way to understand my directions is to refer to the Google map above or load the GPS coordinates (GDB file) into your GPS device.
You are heading to the Antietam National Battlefield, where it is easy to imagine one of the bloodiest Civil War battles taking place as the Blue and the Grey advanced and retreat among the hills, valleys, dales, and rivers. The back country roads of Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland make this a magnificent ride because of changing scenery alternating between farm and ranch land, the horse country, and the scenic riverside along the Shenandoah River. This is a special ride enjoyed by all. Start early in the morning.
The road starts from Leesburg, VA and heads away from the city dwelling deeper and deeper into the back country roads of Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland, snaking along with the Shenandoah River and traversing the ranches and farms. The road narrow more and more on this route, twisting and turning, up and down hills, revealing the countryside and vista at every point.
Leesburg is a fine starting city. Soon tho', you are in the boonies, so tank up with gas before staring out on this short distance ride. The ride is about 1 1/2 hours because it is slow going, and spectacular. Once at the Antietam National Battlefield, you'll have a visitors' center with bathrooms, a theater, small museum, and small gift shop. You'll want to see the movie to give you the thrust of the battle before you cruise the grounds. Plan on spending about 1 hour in the visitors' center. You'll want to tour the battlefield by bike, which takes about one hour. Be sure to climb the tower and to visit the bridge. Leaving the battlefield, head east to the Red Byrd Restaurant in Keedysville MD for lunch. Any small paved road south is a good bet returning to Leesburg.
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