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Harpers Ferry Canoeing

River and Trail Outfitters provides quality canoes and the widest variety of rental trips in the area on the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers as well as the Antietam Creek. For novice boaters there are scenic mellow water trips. For more experienced boaters there are a variety of whitewater runs in and around Harpers Ferry only one hour from Washington DC on the Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia border. For those people who have enjoyed the beauty and challenge of white water rafting, to canoe or kayak affords a more personal experience with your boat, your companion, and the river.

For your maximum enjoyment, we recommend that at least one person in each boat has basic paddling and steering skills. You can expect some riffles and rapids on all of our trips and rentals-rivers are not lakes and moving water requires attentive paddling. Lessons providing basic instruction are suggested for first timers and those looking to improve their canoeing and kayaking skills. Certified guides are also available for those wanting a guided tour.

Mellow Potomac Kayak & Canoe Rentals – Novice

  • Relaxing paddle with half & full day options
  • All equipment & shuttle provided
  • Bald Eagle, Blue Heron & other wildlife sitings
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$46-$70/boat

Kayak & Canoe Rentals

varies
  • Novice and beginner whitewater options
  • All equipment & shuttle provided
  • Bald Eagle, Blue Heron & other wildlife sitings
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$29 and up

Canoe / Kayak While the Sun Sets & the Full Moon Rises

2-3 hrs
  • Experience the quiet and solitude of the evening river
  • Witness great blue herons and wild birds feeding
  • final trip Sep 9!
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$55

Paddle To The Sweetshine

11am-6pm
  • Sep 30, Picnic & live music
  • Guided tour on the scenic Shenandoah
  • Tour the plantation
  • Sip handcrafted cordials and cellos
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    $80

    Paddle to Tarara Winery (with Live Music and Tasty BBQ)

    5-6 hrs
    • Kayak or canoe to Tarara Winery
    • Includes a $15 food voucher
    • Enjoy a lakeside concert
    • Aug 19, Sep 2
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    $99

    Park & Paddle – Quick Paddling Adventures

    up to 3 hrs
    • No shuttle required
    • Up to 3 hrs of paddling
    • Try a variety of kayaks & canoes
    • Add mellow tubing for just $10
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    $29

    3-Day Overnight Canoeing and Kayaking Rentals

    3 days
    • Class I-II riffles and ledges
    • Includes equipment & shuttle
    • Bald Eagle, Blue Heron & other wildlife sitings
    • Camp in C&O Canal National Park
    $147-160/boat

    2-Day Canoeing & Kayaking Trip Rentals

    2 Day
    • Class I-II riffles and ledges
    • Includes equipment & shuttle
    • Bald Eagle, Blue Heron & other wildlife sitings
    • Camp at riverside campground or river islands
    from $65/person

    George Washington and the Potomac River

    Join River and Trail Outfitters on this historical excursion in an area rich in revolutionary, colonial, and Civil War history with Harpers Ferry National Park, Antietam Battlefield, and the C&O Canal National Park close at hand
    $75

    Fall Colors Old Potowmack Canal Tour

    Join River and Trail Outfitters on this historical excursion in an area rich in revolutionary, colonial, and Civil War history with Harpers Ferry National Park, Antietam Battlefield, and the C&O Canal National Park close at hand
    $75

    Indian Summer on the Potomac River

    Explore the site of the last Indian village in this region, the stone remains of 300-year-old fish traps, and river ferry landings that date back…

    75$

    Ball’s Bluff Canoe and Hike History Tour

    TBD

    On Ball’s Bluff Revisited Anniversary Canoe Trip river tour, participants canoe into, and then hike across, the Ball’s Bluff battlefield where thousands of troops from…

    $75

    CANOE RENTALS

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    Canoe Rentals:

    Rentals and shuttles on the scenic rivers of Maryland and West Virginia. Enjoy canoeing on the Potomac River and Antietam Creek near Harpers Ferry.

     

     

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    Quick Canoe Adventures
    Not much time? Enjoy our park & paddle trips on a serene section of the Shenandoah.

     

     

    CANOE TRIPS/TOURS

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    Paw Paw Bends Overnight Canoe Trip & Gourmet Food
    Spend two nights camping, 1½ days of paddling among beautiful spring blooms or fall foliage and enjoy several riverside gourmet meals while you kick back & relax OR participate in the cooking!

     

     

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    Paddle & Wine Canoe Tours
    More than just canoeing on our Paddle and Wine or Paddle Wine & Concert Tour.

     

     

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    Boat & Brewery Canoe Tours
    What better way to spend a Saturday than boating to the brewery? Enjoy a scenic paddle on the Monocacy River near Frederick, Maryland and then kick back and enjoy a great selection of beers and appetizers at Barley & Hops

     

     

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    Paddle To The Sweet Shine

    • Gentle float down the Scenic Shenandoah between the Blue Ridge Mountains
    • Fully guided tour with plenty of chances to see a variety of wildlife
    • Visit the Historical Bloomery Plantation Distlillery
    • Sip handcrafted cordials and cellos made from fruit grow on the plantation

     

     

     

     

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    Canoe History Tours
    Groups of 15 or more can canoe back in time on John Phillip’s history tours

     

     

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    River Quest Field School 
    Study the health of the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers, major tributaries on the watershed system for the Chesapeake Bay. Experiments include macro-invertebrate study, collection of bugs, water tests, and search for reptilian dwellers. Fulfills school requirements.

     

     

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    Sunset / Full Moon Canoe Float
    Enjoy paddling by the light of the setting sun and rising moon while experiencing the serenity and wildlife of the evening river.

     

     

    CANOE LESSONS

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    Canoe Lessons for Groups
    Groups are our specialty! Guided trips, lessons, merit badges, lake demonstrations, and shuttles to other rivers are available.

     

     

    CANOE DEMOS

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    Canoe Demos & Retail Sales
    Visit our shop featuring We-no-nah and Mohawk canoes. We also sell paddling gear and accessories as well as offer special orders and the opportunity to try before you buy!

     

     

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    Private Shuttles
    Have your own equipment and just need a shuttle? Canoe the Potomac, Shenandoah, and Antietam Creek with us.

     

     

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    Combo Canoeing Deals – Save
    Add any of our other adventures to your itinerary and SAVE!

     

     

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    Canoeing Gift Certificates
    Give the gift of an experience that won’t be forgotten!

     

     

     

     

    "Thanks a bunch for teaching all us girl scouts how to canoe. We all had lots of fun. We will always remember what you told us for years to follow…I can't imagine any of us going home and not asking for a boat of our own… you made our learning so much fun. We can't thank you enough."
    Andrea Lefever & crew