Quaint, charming and overlooking the Potomac River, it’s hard to believe that the tiny town of Sharpsburg, MD could have such a tragic history. Sharpsburg was the site of the Battle of Antietam, one of the deciding battles in the Civil War, and the bloodiest day in the annals of the American military, with over 23,000 soldiers left dead, wounded or missing.
Today, Sharpsburg looks much like it does in the 1800s, and the whole downtown is on the National Register of Historic Places. Aside from the battle, Sharpsburg is known as a safe, family-friendly town with a strong community spirit showcased in the many events it hosts throughout the year -- visit in mid-September and you and your pooch can take part in the outdoor events as part of Heritage Fest!
With a population of just over 800, Sharpsburg is a little too small to sustain its own dog park, but you and your buddy are still sure to sniff out something to do! Antietam National Battlefield Park is leashed-dog-friendly, but if military history isn’t your bag, you’ll also find some pawesome hiking options right in town. And if your furry friend needs to run free, don’t fret -- you’ll find plenty of op-paw-tunities for off-leash adventure in the surrounding area!