2-Day Canoeing & Kayaking Trip Rentals

  • Dates: Apr- Oct
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Price: $130/canoe, $112/kayak
  • Includes: Boats, equipment, shuttle
  • Location: Shenandoah River from Rt 50 – Moulton Park

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2-DAY CANOEING & KAYAKING TRIPS

Novice : Class I-II mellow water, riffles, & ledges

2 Day Canoe & Kayak Camping
Shenandoah River above Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

Canoers will enjoy this novice overnight canoe camping trip on the Shenandoah River. Canoeing and kayaking trips on the Shenandoah River above Harpers Ferry are a perfect getaway for families, couples, and groups.

As you paddle this scenic river, you will find yourself navigating small rapids and ledges as well as paddling through mellow water sections, allowing for relaxation and play. In your canoe or kayak, you will wind your way down river through the scenic Shenandoah Valley, nestled between the rolling Blue Ridge Mountains.

Paddling trips on the Shenandoah often include wildlife sightings of birds such as blue heron, osprey, egrets, and sometimes bald eagles. You can bring your fishing pole or just enjoy watching the fish jump around you. Canoers and kayakers will enjoy the solitude, relaxation, fishing, and sunbathing opportunities along this winding and beautiful stretch of the Shenandoah River.

Other Self-Guided Paddling Tours

For more information on our other trips on the Potomac River, Shenandoah River, and Antietam Creek, check out our kayak and canoe rentals page

CANOE & KAYAK RENTAL INFO

  • 2 Day Rental includes:
    Canoe $130/boat
    *best suited for 2-day due to capacity to carry gear
    boat rental, life vests, paddles, and two way shuttle
    Single Rec Kayak $112/boat
    Groups 10 or more boats receive 10% off when paying collectively
    Non-profits should inquire about weekday specials
    * Add 5% amusement fee + 6% sales tax + $2.50/person user fee
     If fishing: For this trip, both WV and VA fishing licenses are needed. 

    Shenandoah River: Rt 50-Moulton Park Details

    Weekends & Weekdays Difficulty
    When 9:30am depart, 4:00 PM pickup Novice: Class I-II
    Distance/time First day 15 miles / second day 14 5-6.5 hrs. each day
    Age & Weight 7 yrs. old and 50 lbs.
    Camping Camping: River islands around Rt. 7 bridge for groups of 5 or less during dry weather or Watermelon Campground 540-955-4803 (Campground has full facilities.) Customers will need to bring water, food, etc… if camping on river islands. May also need machete for clearing.
    Shuttle Shuttle goes out with our regular morning shuttle and 2-dayers are dropped off after everyone else. Customer cars get parked at our water front property at Millville. Customers will be shuttled back to their cars at the end of the trip.

    Please Note

    River & Trail recommends that people participating in canoe and kayak rentals have basic knowledge of how to steer the craft they are renting through moving water and Class II riffles and ledges. For first timers, we recommend our “park and paddle” program, our beginner kayak lesson, or guided whitewater sit-on-top trip.

  • How to dress for river activities:

    How to dress for river activities:What to wear rafting

    What to bring

    1. dry change of clothes
    2. towel
    3. suntan lotion
    4. glasses strap
    5. water bottle

     

    River and Trail Outfitters Store Supplies:

    • Snacks and drinks
    • Trip Souvenirs such as t-shirts, hats, and patches
    • Items you might forget like suntan lotion, inexpensive river shoes
    • Quality outdoor gear such as kayaks, canoes, and paddling gear
  • Directions To River and Trail Outfitters in Knoxville, Maryland

    Check-in location: 604 Valley Road Knoxville, MD

    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.

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  • What do you need to bring?

    • Forks/Knives/Spoons
    • Cookware
    • Camp Towels
    • Sponge
    • Biodegradable soap for dishes & body
    • Hand Sanitizer or wipes (wash hands before preparing food)
    • Drinking water for everyone (depending on camping, may not be available)
    • Lighter or matches
    • Zip locks
    • Trash bags
    • Quick-dry pants/shorts/swimsuit
    • Water shoes with straps and toe protection
    • Hat with brim
    • Rain gear
    • Warm clothes
    • For weather below 75, avoid cotton and wear wool, non-cotton fleece, polypro, silk, etc…
    • Toilet paper and hand shovel or trowel
    • Headlamp or flashlights (spare batteries & bulb)
    • Sleeping bag, pad, & pillow
    • Tent
    • Cell phone in waterproof case
    • Sunglasses, sun glass strap
    • Sunscreen
    • Plastic bailer (milk jug with bottom cut off)
    • Waterproof bags for gear & food (must have way to secure them to boat)
    • Cam straps to tie bags to boat
    • Machete for clearing brush as needed for river island camping

    Many of the other items we usually have for sale in our Outfitter shop such as: dry bags, waterproof cameras, cam straps, sunglass straps, water shoes, hats, and waterproof boxes.

    Other information:
    – Camping on the Potomac is along the C&O Canal at designated spots.

    – For camping on the Shenandoah, River & Trail recommends Watermelon Park Campground. Primitive camping on a river islands is available for small parties during dry weather.

    – Pack as compactly as you can and remember to strap in all your gear so that in case of flipping, you will not lose it. Canoes are best for overnight trips. Single kayaks can be mixed with canoes and hold some gear.

    Going to the bathroom in the woods:

    • Find a place away from the water and downstream of where you will be camping or swimming.
    • Dig a hole 1 foot deep and no wider than about 6 inches with a hand shovel or stick. Falling in your own hole ruins the outdoor excreting experience.
    • Pack all toilet paper and feminine products out in a ziplock bag.
    • Cover the hole with dirt, pack it loosely so that it biodegrades quickly.

We Look Forward To You Joining Us!

Please Note: Spaces on these popular trips are limited and fill fast. Book Now To Secure Your Spot!