River & Trail Outfitters is located in Knoxville, Maryland, just 3 miles east of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia and minutes from Virginia. Join us for whitewater rafting on the final stretches of the Shenandoah River as it tumbles into the Potomac, carving a spectacular 6.5-mile watercourse through the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Both river rafting trips offer Class I-III whitewater, made up of some mellow water, permitting splashing and floating, multiple riffles and ledges, and challenging rapids such as “Bull Falls” and “White Horse.” During periods of low water the trip is exclusively on the Potomac river, coursing through a majestic water gap — with a view Thomas Jefferson wrote was worth a voyage across the Atlantic.
Classification | Class I-III Whitewater Rafting
River & Trail Outfitters has been running rafting trips at Harpers Ferry, WV for 43 years, longer than any other company in the area. Experienced guides lead your trip, showing you the best route through the rapids while entertaining you with tales from the river. As you float by Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, we’ll educate you on important events that occurred in the area and lead up to the Civil War.
Picnic on the River
Weather permitting, on most trips, River & Trail offers the exclusive opportunity to maximize your experience on the river… we pack up our picnic lunch for the morning trips or dinner for the afternoon trips, and allow you to soak up some sun, while enjoying your picnic right on the river!
From kids to active seniors, get ready to have some fun on this Harpers Ferry whitewater rafting adventure!
NOTE: This trip is generally a beginner level whitewater rafting trip, however, trip length and difficulty vary according to water levels.
Your Tour Details…
Minimum Age: 7 years and 50 lbs
** Groups must pay collectively to receive discounts
Bring your own picnic option for groups: $8 off (must be applied to entire party)
* Weekday afternoons normally do not include the picnic. Wetsuits are available for spring or fall trips with notice
Directions to the Knoxville, Maryland location near Harper’s Ferry
How to dress for river activities:
What to bring:
|Directions To River and Trail Outfitters in Knoxville, Maryland|
We need your help!
Please carpool whenever possible. Space is limited and it saves the earth’s resources.
From the Baltimore area:
Take I-70W to Frederick. Take Exit 52 onto 340W for 16 miles. Turn right on Valley Road at the yellow flashing lights just before the Potomac River Bridge. We are immediately on the left.
From the Washington D.C area.:
Take I-270N to Frederick. Merge with I-70W toward Hagerstown. Move to far right lane immediately. Take Exit 52 onto 340W toward Charles Town. Follow 340 for 16 miles. Turn right on Valley Road at the yellow flashing lights just before the Potomac River Bridge. We are immediately on the left.
From the Northern Virginia area:
Take the Greenway to Route 7W or get directly on Route 7W (Leesburg Pike) past Leesburg. Exit onto Route 9W toward Charles Town. Approximately 2 miles after the small town of Hillsboro, turn right onto Route 671. At the T-intersection turn right onto 340 and cross the Potomac River Bridge. Turn left at the first Maryland intersection (yellow flashing lights just past bridge) onto Valley Road. We are immediately on the left.
From the Harpers Ferry WV area:
Take 340 N, go approximately 3 miles past Harpers Ferry, crossing over the Shenandoah and Potomac River bridges into Maryland. Just after the Potomac River Bridge, turn left at the yellow flashing lights onto Valley Road. We are immediately on the left.
GROUPS ARRIVING IN BUSES:
When you arrive at River & Trail, continue 1/2 mile past it to the top of the hill to find turn arounds in the developments on the right. DO NOT TURN AROUND IN ANY OF THE SMALL DRIVEWAYS BEFORE THIS. This many cause an accident or a ditched bus!
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|Weekends & Holidays||9am & 2pm||9am & 2:30pm||9am & 2pm||10am, 11am or 1pm|
|Weekdays||10am, 11am or 1pm||10am & 2:45pm||10am, 11am or 1pm||10am, 11am or 1pm|
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groups of 10 or more
So you say you’re going whitewater rafting and you don’t know what to do!
Here are some answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions at River and Trail Outfitters. Just follow these simple hints on these Whitewater FAQs to keep warm and have fun! Notice I did not say DRY.
*Minimum chest size for a Type V PFD is 24 inches. Maximum chest size is 54 inches. Minimum weight for River and Trail Trips is 50bs.
Answer: Turn onto Keep Tryst Road from U.S. 340, the flashing yellow lights just on the Maryland side of the Potomac River Bridge. Turn onto Sandy Hook Road from Keep Tryst. After you pass through a long row of houses on the right, Sandy Hook Md, you are on Harpers Ferry Road. Do not park in the school bus turn-around at the end of Sandy Hook. There is parking near the C & O Canal access points just after the bridge.
Cotton wicks the heat away from you when it gets wet and will cause you to become hypothermic. Wear wool, or PolyProtm — these will keep the heat in. Sweats are most definitely out, until after you get back to dry land.
Being prepared is the best way to keep warm. Check to see what the water and air temperatures are. If you add the air temp, adjusted for wind chill, and the water temp together and they equal less than 100 degrees Fahrenheit, you are in prime hypothermia conditions. You can get current weather, water level, and water temperatures from the National Weather Service. Our Outfitter Store will be happy to rent you a wetsuit when the weather conditions call for it , but please reserve them in advance (sometimes they are even included, so check your specific tour). You must also wear shoes.
What People Are Saying…
"I would like to express my sincere thanks to everyone who made our raft trip the best time of our life... my brother and I enjoyed everything about the trip. You are a nice and friendly bunch of people."
Patty and Paul Voelker