Antietam Creek, Maryland, US
1) Upper: Oak Ridge Dr. to Hwy.68 (Devils Backbone Park)
||I-II (for normal flows)
Located SouthEast of Hagerstown, MD, Antietam Creek is a great Class I-II run through beautiful
natural scenery and the historic Antietam Civil War Battlefield Park.
Put-in (for the 9.7 mile run) is from a lot on southeast side of the Oak Ridge Rd. bridge, just
north of I-70. A shorter put-in (resulting in a run of 6.7 miles) is downstream at Wagaman
Rd which cuts off about 3 miles of moving water and preserves most of the Class II rapids.
Take-out in either case is at Devil's Backbone County Park above the dam.
Alternatively, carry the dam and takeout at the MD 68 bridge.
The creek can be floated further upstream during wet periods. See Maryland and Delaware Canoe
Trails Gertler, Ed, for the upper reaches.
There are four Class II rapids on this run, making it a wee bit more difficult than the lower
section. Strainers are also a problem on this section, particularly near the end. Some bridge
crossings have landowner access issues.
An excellent website about the creek is at Antietam Creek
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Last Updated: 2018-06-19 11:10:49