Walking in the footsteps of soldiers across one of the Civil War’s most iconic structures can be an unforgettable experience. Doing so with your son, granddaughter or nephew can help instill a lifelong passion for history.
Join the Civil War Trust for this 1.5 mile hike as the story of Burnside and his bridge unfolds. Choose your side, outflank the enemy, and learn about the what worked and what didn’t as outnumbered soldiers defended the bridge from a seemingly impregnable height. Kids will even get to don hats and uniforms. And be ready for a special surprise during the event!
The event is free to all who bring a kid with them (ideal ages are 6-17, but all are welcome), but normal Park admission fees apply. Please go to the National Park Service visitor center to pay this fee before the event.
Tour Meeting Location
Park at overflow parking just past Auto Tour Stop 8, Burnside Bridge. Click here for a map.
Schedule: Saturday, April 7
Assemble / choose your side / distribute uniforms
Welcome / introduction to Antietam
School of the Soldier / Tour down to Burnside Bridge
The Attack and Defense of Burnside Bridge (with a special surprise!)
Fighting, photos and folklore
Return to vehicles
This event is FREE and open to all who brings someone from another generation.
Guardians must accompany the child they brought to the event.
Registration is required.
Please wear appropriate footwear and be prepared for inclement weather.