SBPA Battlefield Tour spots filling up – reserve yours now

The September 19 tours of the Shepherdstown Battlefield, sponsored by the Shepherdstown Battlefield Preservation Association and including a guided wading of the Potomac at Boteler’s Ford, are filling up fast.

Reservations are required.

Make a reservation now by visiting


2:30 Wading – Please arrive at 132 Trough Bend Lane between 2 & 2:15 PM

3:30 Wading – Please arrive at 132 Trough Bend Lane between 3 & 3:15 PM

DIRECTIONS TO 132 Trough Bend Lane
From Shepherdstown: 
Leave Shepherdstown by driving east on German St. Continue over the RR tracks and past the Day Care Center. German St. then becomes River Road. After climbing a hill & descending to the river, the road is parallel to the Potomac River. Drive about 0.8 miles to Trough Rd. Turn right onto Trough Rd and continue 1.1 miles to Trough Bend Lane. Turn left onto Trough Bend Lane; 132 is the first house on the right.

From Harper’s Ferry: 
From the intersection of W. Washington St. and Rt. 340, drive on Rt. 340 South 1.7 miles and turn right onto Rt. 230 North towards Shepherdstown. Take Rt. 230 North 7 miles. There will be a STOP sign where Rt. 230 merges with Flowing Springs Rd.; just after the STOP sign turn right onto Trough Rd. Continue on Trough Rd. 1.5 miles to another STOP sign. Turn right and turn left immediately; this is still Trough Rd. Continue 0.6 miles and turn right onto Trough Bend Lane; 132 is the first house on the right.

Park your vehicle on Trough Bend Lane and you will be driven to the Maryland side of the Potomac to begin the tour.

The river at the ford is usually about 2-2 1/2  feet deep and the river bottom is relatively smooth. You will probably need bug spray, foot wear for the river and hiking boots on the trail. The tour will last about 1 ½ – 2 hours and will end near 132 Trough Bend Lane where you will be able to recover and relax with hamburgers, hot dogs, beer, wine and soft drinks.

Home Phone: (304) 876-7029 
Cell Phone: (917) 747-5748

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