The Maryland Forest Trail That Holds A Long Forgotten Secret Of The Civil War
Did you know that Maryland is home to a little known woodland cave? It’s so much more than a hidden gem, too. This unique spot was actually used as a hiding place for soldiers and civilians during the Civil War. Read on to learn the history of this place, and consider visiting for yourself.
Head to Sharpsburg to find Killiansburg Cave. It's located along the C & O Canal, near mile marker 75.7.
The cave is nestled on a hill about 100 feet from the towpath. It's easy to miss, so keep your eyes peeled.
It may seem like an ordinary cave but it's actually full of history. It's said that as the nearby Battle of Antietam began in 1862, local residents fled the area. Nearby caves were often a resting point along the way, including Killiansburg Cave.
It wasn't uncommon to find runaway soldiers hiding away in local caves as well. Some likely visited this spot.
You can visit the towpath, campsite, and cave year-round. Spring is especially great as it's less crowded, and wildflowers begin to pop up in unexpected places.
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