Like many outdoor recreation areas in Pennsylvania’s Americana Region, Antietam Lake Park has a long heritage. Just east of Reading, 13.5 are Antietam Lake surrounded by 643 acres of park land, provides a beautiful, serene setting for nature-based recreation. The origins of Antietam Lake date back to 1865 when Reading purchased a dam and gristmill on Antietam Creek, with a waterfall now flowing over the 60-foot high solid rock. The original octagonal brick valve house on a stone foundation set within the lake with a wooden bridge to the shore. The 1880 caretaker’s house is also still on the property.

Medium, Difficult
6 miles

Antietam Lake


230 Angora Rd.
Reading, PA 19606


2 List Rd.
Reading, PA 19606

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