Maryland Civil War Trails

When the Civil War broke out in 1861 and divided the nation, Maryland found itself on the conflict's pivotal border between North and South, and braced itself for war. Civil War Trails are exciting driving tours through scenic landscapes to discover places where strategic decisions, brutal conflicts and decisive victories took place. The trails also explore the compassion of ordinary citizens who tended the war wounded, eye witness accounts and anecdotes from communities engulfed by war. Follow Maryland's Civil War Trails to learn of a struggle that still haunts the nation today. Along the way, visit vibrant destinations with local art, culture, dining, shopping and opportunities for adventure. Click on the Trails button to select a route or explore Civil War cities and towns.