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South Mountain State Battlefield

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Address: 6620 Zittlestown Rd, Middletown, MD 21769-6203
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+1 301-791-4767

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This is indeed a walk back in history. There are great vistas of Frederick County and Washington county. It is a small hike to the Monument and worth the trip. Don't forget to... read more

Reviewed 4 June 2015
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Columbia, MD
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 October 2016

A wonderful trip back in time to revisit our past and learn about the history of this area. This attraction is great for all ages.

1 Thank LordThomMohr
Dousman, Wisconsin
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241 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 November 2015

You should really have a guide to help you understand what happened here. Some of the battlefield is not opened to the general public as it is still in private hands. We were especially interested in where the Iron Brigade fought but that was the area not available. However, what we did get to see (2 gaps), was well preserved... More 

1 Thank Monica58860
Boardman, Ohio
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108 reviews
79 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 August 2015

This state park preserves three separate fights at the "gaps", during which Confederates fought to hold off the approaching Union army. Unfortunately, the three sections here are fragmented and poorly marked. More signs are needed to help visitors locate them AND navigate from one to the other. Crampton's Gap is furthest south. There is a nice parking lot here, some... More 

2 Thank GozerTheTraveller
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Reviewed 4 June 2015

This is indeed a walk back in history. There are great vistas of Frederick County and Washington county. It is a small hike to the Monument and worth the trip. Don't forget to walk through the displays at the entrance.

1 Thank PFO_Travels
Pittsgrove, New Jersey
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36 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2015

Cramptons , Foxs and Turners Gaps ~ These are a must see for any student of the war between the states ( The Battle of South Mountain ) The history the views the trails and the stories are on par with Sharpsburg. The maps do not do this place justice,you want to know how 4000 Confederates held off 12000 Federals... More 

1 Thank Christopher W
Baltimore, MD
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37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 September 2014

We did the State Park Ranger guided tour on the 152nd anniversary of the battle. I have already done all the ranger guided tours at the nearby national parks, so I wanted to see this other battlefield and do the tour. They do not do these tours often, so check the Maryland DNR's website for their schedule. Knowing that these... More 

3 Thank zzyzzx
Dallas, Tx
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 September 2013

This out of the way Maryland park includes the site of one of the most important 1862 Civil War battles- it set the stage for the horrible battle at Antietam a few days later. As the battle occurred in three places along the crest of beautiful South Mountain, this park is long and in different locations. We visited Fox's Gap,... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2013

The southmountain battlefield was at three area Foxes, turners and Cramptons gaps, I found the Foxes gap site and walked into the woods to the memorial to the north soldiers who fought here , its behind the monument to Gen Reno who was killed here. there are some good information boards around here, and a map shows you where the... More 

2 Thank fozzie555
Lynchburg, Virginia
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38 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2013

The Battle of South Mountain was an intrigale part of Lee's 1862 campaign in Maryland. In fact it directly lead to the large battle of Antietam taking place. This is a beautifully maintained state park that features the ruins of several structures, a monument to the battle which is an architectual beauty, and an interpretive trail. For the historician or... More 

2 Thank Mark D

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