Area and Directions

Rich in Civil War history, our bed and breakfast sits in the foothills of  Elk Ridge Mountain. This ridge was once used as the Signal Corps Station during the Battle of Antietam in 1862. Elk Ridge is surrounded by beauty: the Potomac River to the south and Antietam Battlefield to the west. On a clear day, you can see for miles. This explains why Elk Ridge played such an important role as a signal station in the Civil War.

“Their signal stations on the …Ridge commanded a view of our every movement. We could not make a maneuver in front or rear that was not instantly revealed to their keen look-outs…” (Gardner’s Photographic Sketch Book of the War, Philp & Solomons, 1865-66).

Mark D. Sabatke does the best job describing our area in his book, Discovering the C&O Canal and Adjacent Potomac River, p. 97. “This section is notable for its many river curves and beautiful scenic vistas…the Killiansburg Cave is located about mile 75.7. On September 16-18, 1862, hundreds of Sharpsburg citizens came here to seek refuge under these cliffs from the Battle of Antietam. The cave entrance is visible from the C&O Canal towpath. Sharpsburg’s Antietam National Battlefield is considered one of the finest examples of a Civil War battlefield and one of the best preserved battlefields in the nation…Special events are scheduled throughout the year at the battlefield…Three national parks and 2 state parks are within 12 miles of Sharpsburg.”

As the seasons change, there is abundant color and interesting texture throughout the woods of Red Hill. Spring brings mountain laurel blooms along with redbuds and dogwood. Autumn is our favorite month as the hills change to brilliant reds, orange and yellows. Summer brings a cool canopy of shade and winter has a mind of its own with limbs of the trees setting the backdrop for beautiful view of the valley.

Our location is perfect for outdoor adventure, walks through history or simply time to enjoy local art, cuisine and culture.  Bicycles rentals are available in nearby Shepherdstown at Pedal & Paddle.

Peddle & Paddle

Come explore the many attractions that surround the Inn at Red Hill. Most activities listed below can be arranged in advance or during your stay at the inn. Call or email for details.

So much history – Antietam tour was really fun, but of course the highlight was our bike trip to Harper’s Ferry.” Sal, Mooresville, NC

For Your Convenience

Shuttle service is available for cyclists from Snyder’s Landing (Mile 76.6 on C&O Canal Towpath)

Links to our local favorites:

Big Cork Vineyards  

Pedal & Paddle
Antietam National Battlefield
Local History Tours of our Area
Pry House Field Hospital Museum
Newcomer House – Civil War Heritage Area Exhibit and Visitor Center
Antietam Battlefield Hiking Trails
Antietam Battlefield Biking Tour
C&O Canal
C&O Canal Biking Trail
Connecting C&O Canal Trail to Great Allegheny Passage
Harper’s Ferry National Historic Park
South Mountain State Park/Appalachian Trail
Explore the Appalachian Trail in Maryland
Washington Monument State Park
Crystal Grottoes Caverns
River and Trail Outfitters
River Riders
Turn the Page – Nora Roberts’ Bookstore Cafe/Gifts Inn Boonsboro
Outlet Shopping
The Pottery at Searchwell
Antiques in Hagerstown – 30 Minute Drive
Hudson House Antiques, Funkstown
Elk Mountain Trails
Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races

For your dining pleasure:

Dan’s Restaurant & Taphouse
Just Across the River in nearby Shepherdstown, WVA-Press Room, Yellow Brick Bank are just a few.
Old South Mountain Inn

Red Heifer Winery  40 Minute Drive  301-824-5210      Email:

Red Heifer Winery

In an hour you can visit:
Knob Hall Winery
Whitetail Ski Resort

Events and Activities:

Courtesy of Hagerstown CVB:

Antietam Highlands Wine Tours


For More Information:

Red Heifer Winery – Kevin & Yvonne Ford: (301) 824-5210

Road Runner Transportation – Chocolate & Wine Tour – Burma Miles: 301-573-1930

Maryland Wineries Association, Maryland Wine Passport: 410-252-9463

(Hagerstown, MD) The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention & Visitors Bureau announces the following new offerings of wine and special ways to taste them from the Antietam Highlands Wine Trail, during the month of February.

1) One of our Wineries, Red Heifer, will be releasing a new wine this weekend. They will be premiering a 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon that has been aged in French-Oak barrels. For Valentine’s Day visitors can enjoy a wine tasting, a discussion with their winemaker about the new wine, and keep the souvenir glass for $10 per person.

2) Valentine’s Day Chocolate & Wine Trail Tour including Big Cork in Rohrersville! 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. Stops include Red Heifer Winery in Smithsburg, MD, Orchid Cellar Mead Winery in Middletown, Distillery Lane Ciderworks in Jefferson along with newly opened Big Cork Winery. Lunch stop at Dan’s Restaurant & Taphouse in Boonsboro. Every couple receives a rose & box of chocolates! Only 14 spaces available. Pick up locations in Frederick, MD and Hagerstown, MD. Call Road Runner Transportation at (301) 573-1930 to reserve your seats. $89/person. Or visit their website at

3) Venture out on your own into Maryland Wine Country with the Passport Experience.

This winter, grab a map, gas up the car and set out onto the wine trails to explore the state’s rich culture, museums, attractions and history while learning more about the wines that represent each region.

The Passport Experience is a series of events taking place on each of Maryland’s six unique wine trails over two weekends; February 21-22 and February 28-March 1 from 12:00- 5:00 pm. The Passport Experience pass is $25.00 per person and includes exclusive access to all of the participating wineries on any of the six Maryland wine trails, “behind-the-scene” experiences at each winery, a commemorative wine glass, 10% off all wine purchased over the two weekends and discounts at participating attractions, hotels, restaurants and shopping centers. For passes, more information or a list of all the participating wineries, log onto

One of the six participating trails in Maryland include: Antietam Highlands Wine Trail (Frederick, Washington counties). The Antietam Highlands Trail includes the world-renowned Antietam National Battlefield, and several other Civil War battlefields and sites. The South Mountain climbs to 2,140 feet, high above the Potomac River, and valleys below. The area includes five national parks, 10 state parks, and more than 30 museums. Wineries include Big Cork Winery, Distillery Lane Ciderworks, Knob Hall Winery, Orchid Cellar Winery and Red Heifer Winery.

Big Cork, Red Heifer and Knob Hall are members of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau is a 501(c)6 nonprofit organization whose mission is to help attract visitors to Hagerstown and Washington County. The CVB helps to create vibrant growth for the local economy by promoting, developing and expanding the local visitor industry. For more information about Hagerstown-Washington County see:


Betsy DeVore, CTA

Director of Marketing & Digital Communications

Hagerstown-Washington County Convention & Visitors Bureau

16 Public Square | Hagerstown, MD 21740

Main: 301-791-3246, ext. 14 | Direct: 301-745-5772

Valley Craft Network November 22-23, 2014

Over The Mountain Studio Tour  –    Save the Date:  Celebrating our 25th year – 2014 Summer Preview Show and Sale:  July 4-5,6, 2014.  War Memorial Building, Shepherdstown, WVa.  All tour members under one roof.

Mountain Heritage Arts & Crafts Show – June & September, 2014.  Dates to be announced.  Check website for specific dates.
Nora Roberts Book Signing– These take place at Turn the Page Bookstore, Boonsboro, MD
Shepherdstown Music and Dance Schedule
-Shepherdstown is just 12 minutes from the Inn at Red Hill
West Virgina Division of Culture and History Events
Contemporary American Theater Festival at Shepherd University
Full Circle Theater Company

Helpful links for additional information
Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau
Visit Shepherdstown – Great site for shops, fly fishing tours, bike rentals and great food. Shepherdstown is a quick 15 minute drive over the river from our bed and breakfast.
Keedysville, Maryland

Herald Mail – Become a Civil War smarty

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As you approach our hill, drive slowly and watch for deer, especially at dusk.

From Washington DC (1.5 Hours) take I-495 to I-270 North to I-70 Junction in Frederick

From Baltimore, MD (1.5 Hours) take I-70 West to Frederick

From Frederick

Take I-70 West to US-340 W via Exit 52 toward Charles Town/Leesburg (15 Miles).

Merge onto MD-67/Rohrersville Road (6.6 Miles).

Turn Left onto Trego Rd. Trego Rd. is .5 miles past Townsend Rd. (2 Miles)

Trego Rd. turns into Mt. Briar Rd.

Take the 1st Left onto Porterstown Rd. and drive all the way to the top of the hill (.8 Miles)

Red Hill Road will be at the top on the right. Turn right and go .4 Miles.

4936 Red Hill Rd. is on the left. Pull in the first driveway where you see the sign for our bed and breakfast.

From Pittsburgh and Points West

Take I-76 (Pennsylvania Turnpike) to I-70 East

Take the MD-65 exit, Exit 23A, toward Sharpsburg

Turn Right onto MD-65 S/Sharpsburg Pike. (10.4 Miles)

Turn Left onto E Main St/MD-34. Continue to follow MD-34. (1.5 Miles)

Turn Right onto Porterstown Rd. and climb all the way to the top of the hill. (2.1 Miles)

Red Hill Road will be on your left. Turn left and drive .4 Miles.

4936 Red Hill Road will be on your left. Pull in the first driveway where you see the sign for our bed and breakfast.