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Maryland whitewater, Antietam Creek

Washington county, Highway 68 to Potomac River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-II     11 miles
  The put-in location is a short drive from Hagerstown-Martinsburg, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The Highway 68 to Potomac River stretch of Antietam Creek in Maryland is 11 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class I-II section. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Maryland is often easier than elsewhere, so you'd better keep in mind that lots of rivers in this state are good for beginners.
    There are so many stretches to paddle in this river system, the Highway 68 to Potomac River stretch is just one of many. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but do
book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way around here you'll find a large number of good places. The beautiful scenery of Maryland and the water flowing gracefully down Antietam Creek make the trip here worthwhile. A good workout and just being out on the river for a while are sure to keep you coming back for more. You  
can enjoy this section more if you take your time, so why not pack your camp stove too.

Briefly about the general area:
There is a splendid hiking trail near Antietam Creek called the Snavelys Ford Trail, and a journey to Antietam Creek wouldn't be complete without taking a look at Sharpsburg Spring. Greenbrier State Park is a wonderful place, and a wooded region close by is East Woods. A river like this is too good to miss. At Antietam Creek you always meet someone from Keedysville. Near Antietam Creek you discover the Appalachian National Scenic Trail which is a perfect hiking trail.

Antietam Creek, Highway 68 to Potomac River road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Antietam Creek.
 Whitewater Near Antietam Creek:
Antietam Creek, Washington County, 3 miles away
      Class I-II - 11 miles long (Highway 68 to Potomac River)
Antietam Creek, Washington County, 7 miles away
      Class I-II - 7 miles long (Oak Bridge to Highway 68)
Potomac River, Jefferson WV Washington MD County, 8 miles away
      Class II+ - 2.5 miles long (Harpers Ferry - Dam #3 to Route 340)
Whitewater Outfitter - River & Trail Outfitters, Frederick County, 8 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Beaver Creek, Washington County, 8 miles away
      Class I(II) - 4.5 miles long (Beaver Creek Park N Ride (I-70) to Alternate Route 40)
Potomac River, Frederick/ Washington County, 8 miles away
      Class I-II - 13.5 miles long (Sandy Hook to Point of Rocks)
Whitewater Outfitter - BTI Whitewater, Loudoun County, 9 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Shenandoah River, Grant Jefferson Loudon County, 11 miles away
      Class II-III - 7 miles long (Millville to Harpers Ferry)
Catoctin Creek, Frederick County, 12 miles away
      Class I-II - 28.8 miles long (US 40 to Potomac River)
Shenandoah River, Jefferson County, 13 miles away
      Class I-II - 3.7 miles long (West Virginia 9 to Millville)
 Ski Areas Near Antietam Creek:
Ski Liberty, Pennsylvania , 29 miles away, 620 foot drop, 8 lifts, 16 runs
Ski Roundtop, Pennsylvania , 65 miles away, 600 foot drop, 11 lifts, 15 runs
Tussey Mountain, Pennsylvania , 69 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Blue Knob, Pennsylvania , 72 miles away, 1072 foot drop, 7 lifts, 34 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 80 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Massanutten, Virginia , 91 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
 Hotels Near Antietam Creek:
Antietam Overlook Farm, Keedysville , 2 miles away
Bavarian Inn & Lodge, Shepherdstown , 6 miles away
Sleep Inn & Suites Hagerstown, Hagerstown , 7 miles away
Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, Shepherdstown , 7 miles away
Quality Inn Shepherdstown, Shepherdstown , 7 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Antietam Creek:
Horseshoe Recreation Area - Monongahela National Forest, Elkins, 3 miles away
Antietam Creek Campground, Washington County, 3 miles away
Horseshoe Bend Campground, Washington County, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Antietam Creek:
Snavelys Ford Trail, Washington , 2 miles away
Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Washington , 8 miles away
Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Sussex , 8 miles away
Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Bennington , 8 miles away
Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Jefferson , 8 miles away
 Public Lands Near Antietam Creek:
Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Harpers Ferry - WV , 8 miles away
Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, McLean - VA , 8 miles away
Greenbrier State Park, West Virginia , 8 miles away
Sky Meadows State Park, Virginia , 31 miles away
Seneca Creek State Park, Maryland , 34 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Antietam Creek:
Cress Creek, Shepherdstown , 6 miles away
Beaver Creek Country Club, Hagerstown , 8 miles away
Black Rock Golf Course, Hagerstown , 8 miles away

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