Antietam Creek Aqueduct (and Big Cork Winery) 3-21-21
Updated: May 20, 2021
Another great part of the C&O canal for a quiet walk!
Antietam Creek Aqueduct
Boomer is lovin' going on DC day trips!
I love that we can bring Boomer on some of our trips. This is a flat and easy walk on the canal so it's ideal to bring him. Super quiet and a great, country drive, west from Frederick, MD, to get to this stretch of the canal.
The last couple of weekends we've found these stretches of the canal with aqueducts and have enjoyed walking these parts of the canal. We came across a lot of people out biking so if you prefer to bike instead of walk, this is a good place to do it. When we are out walking in places like this I always remind myself that this whole area is sacred ground. Just three miles upstream, Antietam Creek passes through the town of Sharpsburg, MD, where 23,000 Union and Confederate troops were killed, wounded or unaccounted for on September 17, 1862, during a single day of fighting. Some say Antietam Creek “ran red with blood” that day. I always say a silent prayer walking around Civil War areas for the many men that lost their lives.
Eat, Drink & Be Merry
We came across Big Cork Winery down the road from the aqueduct and decided to try it. We really liked it! It was a beautiful day and we had a picnic on the grounds overlooking a valley. We tried one of the winery's special bottles called, "Russian Kiss" and liked it so much we bought another bottle to take home. It was somewhat sweet but refreshing on a warm day.
If you enjoy easy walks or bike rides with flat terrain, this part of the canal is a good one. Stop by Big Cork afterwards for a picnic!
Our typical "picnic" aka charcuterie board!
Entrance to Big Cork Winery
Big Cork has a lot of grapes growing!