3-Day Overnight Canoeing and Kayaking Trip
- Dates: Apr- Oct
- Duration: 3 days
- Price: $160/canoe, $147/single kayak
- Includes: Boats, Life Vests, Paddles, Shuttle
- Location: Potomac River – Brunswick Family Campground to River Bend Regional Park
3 Day Paddling Trip Rentals
Brunswick Family Campground to River Bend Regional Park
Enjoy paddling the Potomac River on our three day canoeing or single kayaking trip only 1 hour from DC and Baltimore beltways. It’s the closest overnight trip to the Maryland Suburbs and Northern Virginia. The Potomac River flows broad and deep, flanked by the C&O Canal National Park on one side and the foothills of Short Hill Mountain on the other. On this mostly mellow paddle, occasional riffles and Class II rapids interrupt long pools of fish-jumping waters. Heron and osprey feed here and bald eagles are sited more and more frequently. Highlights include Catoctin Creek and Monocacy Aqueduct. Prior experience canoeing is recommended for this trip. Camping takes place at primitive hiker-biker campgrounds on the C&O Canal.
CANOE & KAYAK RENTAL INFO
Potomac River: Brunswick Family Campground- River Bend Regional Park
Canoeing the Potomac River: Details When 9:30am arrival / depart, 4 PM pickup Distance/time 40 miles Difficulty Novice / Class I-II Suggested age 7 yrs. Old and must weigh at least 50 lbs. with experienced paddlers Camping C&O Canal National Park hiker-biker campgrounds Shuttle: Customers check-in at Brunswick Family Campground and put-in there. Shuttle pick-up on day three and transport customers back to their cars.
CANOE & KAYAK RENTAL PRICING
3 Day Rental Includes Canoe $160/boat *best suited for multi-day due to capacity to carry gear boat rental, life vests, paddles, and two way shuttle. Single Rec Kayak $147/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 per person user fee
If fishing: For this trip, a Maryland or Virginia fishing license is necessary.
How to dress for river activities:
What to bring
- dry change of clothes
- suntan lotion
- glasses strap
- 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
Check-in: Brunswick Family Campground located approximately 15 minutes from Harpers Ferry, WV and approximately 25 minutes from Frederick, MD.
The closest mapable address is: 100 S. Maple Ave Brunswick, MD 21716. This address will take you to a railroad parking lot. Once you are at this MARC train station parking area, go over 2 sets of railroad tracks and down a mini-hill to the stop sign (t-intersection). Turn left onto the gravel road and continue about 3/4 mile(this is the C&O Canal). Campground is on the right.
Hikers/Bikers on the C&O Canal towpath: The campground is located between mileposts 54 and 55.
Directions from DC/Baltimore area to Brunswick Campground:
Take 270N to 70W, or 70W to Frederick. At Frederick, take exit #52 to 340 W. Go approximately 9 miles and take the “Petersville” 180 exit. Turn left onto 180 W(Jefferson Pike). Go 1.7 miles, turn left onto MD-79 W/Petersville Rd. Go approximately 2 miles to a stop light.
Continue straight through the stop light to the bottom of the hill where you will enter a traffic circle. Take the 4th turnoff (sign says “to A street” and Marc Train). Bear right immediately onto Maple Ave to the stop light, go straight through. Once you are at the MARC train station parking area, go over 2 sets of railroad tracks and down a mini-hill to the stop sign (t-intersection). Turn left onto the gravel road and continue about 3/4 mile(this is the C&O Canal). Campground is on the right.
Directions from Northern Virginia:
Take 7 West (or 267 W the Greenway toll road) to route 9 West. Go 5-6 miles and turn right onto VA-287 N/Berlin Turnpike. Go 6.6 miles, turn left onto W. Broad Way. After 120 feet, turn right again onto VA-287 N/Berlin Turnpike. Go 2-3 miles, cross the Potomac River Bridge into Maryland. Enter the traffic circle and take the 2nd turnoff (sign says “to A street” and Marc Train). Bear right immediately onto Maple Ave to the stop light, go straight through. Once you are at the MARC train station parking area, go over 2 sets of railroad tracks and down a mini-hill to the stop sign (t-intersection). Turn left onto the gravel road and continue about 3/4 mile(this is the C&O Canal). Campground is on the right.
Directions from Harpers Ferry area and River & Trail Outfitters:
Take 340 N/E for 4-5 miles from Harpers Ferry into Maryland. Take the 180 to 478 exit to Knoxville Brunswick. Go 1/2 mile and turn right onto MD-478 E/Knoxville Rd (not an intersection). Go 2.3 miles and turn right at the stop light onto S Maple Ave. Once you are at the MARC train station parking area, go over 2 sets of railroad tracks and down a mini-hill to the stop sign (t-intersection). Turn left onto the gravel road and continue about 3/4 mile(this is the C&O Canal). Campground is on the right
The C&O Canal National Park offers this map. We also have a more detailed waterproof map available for purchase at our check-in location.
What do you need to bring?
- Camp towels
- 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
- Cell phone in waterproof case if you choose
- Sunglasses, sunglass strap
- 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
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.
– Camping on the Potomac is along the C&O Canal at designated spots.
– 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.
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