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Washington County, Maryland is known for its remarkable national parks that document our nation’s Civil War history and offer world-class hiking and biking trails. So strap on your hiking boots and get ready to explore some of the East Coast’s most scenic parks. Here’s your guide to the best national parks in Hagerstown and Washington County, Maryland.

Antietam National Battlefield and Antietam National Cemetery

History buffs might want to check out Antietam National Battlefield and Antietam National Cemetery in Sharpsburg, the site of the pivotal Civil War battle that killed or injured as many as 23,100 soldiers in 1862. Today, visitors can tour the gravestones of the victims of one of the bloodiest battles on American soil. The park has a museum and visitor center (currently under renovation, but facilities for these amenities are in place) and families can drive or walk the battlefield.

Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park

The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park is home to one of the most famous transportation routes in the country which carried coal, timber and agricultural products. The 184-mile-long canal was actively used from 1831 to 1924, but today the canal and its surroundings have been turned into a nationally registered historic park for public enjoyment. Visitors can hike 84 of the park’s 182 miles in Washington County, the park’s epicenter. For a unique and authentic lock keeping experience, stay at Lock House 49, directly on the towpath! Venture off the beaten path to find restaurants, hotels and provisions in our canal towns of Hancock, Sharpsburg and Williamsport.

Late May morning at Harpers Ferry

Appalachian National Scenic Trail

The world famous Appalachians The National Scenic Trail stretches 2,185 miles from northern Georgia to Maine. In Maryland, the trail is 41 miles and passes many important stops like C&O Channel Towpath and High Rock Overlook where visitors can hang glide. From the highest elevations, hikers can see spectacular views of the valley below. Whether you’re visiting for the day or hiking Maryland’s 41 miles, you’ll be treated to some of the most scenic spots and best wildlife viewing along the way.

Harper’s Ferry National Historical Park

Located in Maryland and West Virginia, Harper’s Ferry National Historical Park is a charming 4,000 acre park with a rich history. The area is home to a well-preserved farmhouse where the war’s most prolific abolitionist, John Brown, staged his raid on Harper’s Ferry at Kennedy Farm. Visitors can walk or cycle the area to see breathtaking scenery of rivers, forested hills and historic buildings. Around the park, patrons will find staff dressed in Civil War-era clothing and re-enact various traditions and rituals. The Maryland Heights Overlook in the city of Harper’s Ferry is an iconic sight and is only found in the Washington County Park portion.

Potomac National Heritage Scenic Trail

The Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail is a 710-mile route made up of several trails, including the C&O Canal, Mount Vernon Trail, Laurel Highlands hiking trails, and many others. Throughout most of the park, trails parallel the famous Potomac River where George Washington explored. Outdoor enthusiasts can follow in the footsteps of the late president by hiking, biking or paddling the same routes. Visitors can kayak or canoe the 355-mile long river that goes to the Chesapeake Bay. During snowy winters, you can go cross-country skiing at the park.