Voted one of the top 60 paddling streams in North America by Canoe & Kayak Magazine editors, Antietam Creek is the perfect venue for recreational kayaking. A scenic stream graced with stone arch bridges, Antietam offers wildlife sightings of blue heron, ducks, turtles, and beavers. Beyond its natural beauty, you will float under Burnside Bridge on Antietam Battlefield, one of the most famous sites in Civil War History. Our qualified instructor will give historical interpretation at this site and entertain you with the turbulent tales of this war so crucial to our nation’s history. Paddling the riffles and ledges of this beginner whitewater stretch will keep you guessing what lies around the next bend.
To prepare you for your trip, brunch will be served at the historic Newcomer House in Sharpsburg, Maryland.
Natoma Reed-Vargason, owner of Cookie’s Cooking Company, is committed to using the highest quality ingredients supplied by local growers, allowing her the opportunity to create a market inspired menu that’s spontaneous, local and seasonal.
The price of $99/person + tax is all-inclusive. Kayak rentals, guide, all equipment, brunch & tip, parking are included.
June 18 (Father’s Day)
September 17 (Anniversary of Antietam)
11:00 am Meet the group at Newcomer House
11:15 pm Brunch
12:15 pm Put on the water
3:30-4 pm Take off the water and shuttle back to cars
*Trip length may vary according to current water levels. Please plan accordingly.
*Two person canoes may be substituted for kayaks at certain creek levels.
*Specify in the “Additional Requirements” what boat you would like to use. How many:
*Other dates are available for groups of 15 or more
What to bring
The Newcomer House is where the Antietam Creek Kayak & Brunch will meet to park, have brunch, and then walk across the street to launch at the Rt. 34 bridge. It is located 5.3 miles from The Rt. 40 and Rt. 34 intersection in Boonsboro, MD, just after the hard-to-notice Antietam Creek Bridge. It is about 4.6 miles from the Rt 34 bridge that crosses from Shepherdstown, WV into Maryland. There is also a large white historic barn across the street, catty-corner to this location.
Good lodging for the night before or after this trip can be found close by at the Inn Boonsboro (high dollar) which belongs to the famous author, Nora Roberts. The Bavarian Inn in Shepherdstown, WV or the Thomas Shepherd Inn Bed & Breakfast are other lovely choices.
The Newcomer House was built in the 1830s alongside the Boonsboro Pike (Route 34) near Middle Bridge across Antietam Creek outside Sharpsburg. It is within Antietam National Battlefield. The farmhouse and 2.5 acres were purchased from a private inn-holder by the NPS in 2007. The 2,000-square-foot house is in good condition. Repairs made by the previous owner, who used the house as a small private museum, met the Department of the Interior’s standards. The house is adjacent to a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee and also near the Pry House. It witnessed the Battle of Antietam on Sept. 17, 1862. The house can be seen in historic photographs taken immediately following the battle. Washington County is part of the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area, and the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area.
Paddlers will not be disappointed with brunch selections prepared with farm fresh eggs, fresh seasonal fruit, salad greens, tomatoes, eggplant, cucumber, beets, summer squash, herbs handpicked from our own gardens and locally raised beef, chicken, pork or lamb from farms owners who have embraced environmentally sound methods. Enjoy the opportunity to dine alfresco. Please let us know of any food allergies or special dietary needs at least 3 days ahead of time.
Example of last year’s menu:
2017 menu TBD
Sunday May 29th (Memorial Day Weekend)
Sunday, June 19th (Father’s Day)
Sunday, July 3rd (Fourth of July Weekend)
Sunday, August 7
Sunday, September 11
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