Harpers Ferry Bike Rental

  • Dates: March – November
  • Duration: Half-day & Full day 
  • Price: From $21
  • Includes: Bike, Helmet
  • Location: Brunswick, MD

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Bike rentals are available from Brunswick, Maryland (near Harpers Ferry, WV ) where riders can pick up their bikes and ride directly to the C&O Canal, the 185 mile path bordering the Potomac River from Georgetown to Cumberland. The scenery along this gentle terrain, tree-lined path is fantastic, and there is ample room for cruising while good riverside picnic spots abound. Shady biking conditions and wading locations along the Potomac River make this trip a great option for those hot summer days. In the fall this tree-lined trail becomes radiant with the colors of changing leaves.

If you just want to rent bikes and get the family out of the house for the weekend, we have the bikes and the trail for you.

NOTICE:  The footbridge into Harpers Ferry is currently closed due to damage caused by a train derailment in December.  Bikers will not be able to get into Harpers Ferry from the C&O Canal until the footbridge reopens.  We encourage bikers to explore other areas of interest:
Locks 35 & 36 (just beyond Harpers Ferry) for a glimpse into Civil War and C&O Canal history.
Catoctin Aqueduct(3 miles one-way toward Washington, DC).

Rental Information

  • Canal Cruiser Bike Rental Pricing

    • Half Day $21  (4 hours or less)
    • Full Day  $31
      Add 5% amusement fee + 6% sales tax + $2.50 user fee/bike


    • Bike
    • Helmet
    • Information sheet detailing historical sights
    • Required age: 12

    Group Discounts

    10-19 people  $2 off/person
    20-39 people $3 off/person
    40+ people    $4 off/person
    *Shuttles are also available upon request
    *Bike guide for groups $165/day

    Add On Rentals:

    • Big Tow Gear Trailer
      • For use with mountain bikes   $15/day
    • Trail-a-bike
      • For small children (6 years+) to peddle behind an adult
      • $9 + regular bike rental
    • Topeak Baby Seat
      • For small children under 48 lbs.  (only 1 in stock)
        $9 + regular bike rental

    Add 5% amusement fee + 6% sales tax + $2.50 user fee

    March- November

    Maximum weight for bikes:
    300 lbs.

  • Check-in is through River and Trail’s main office in Knoxville MD, directions will be given to the bike pick-up location in Brunswick (10 minutes drive).
    Return time is any time before sunset.

    Suggested Itinerary:

    Bike for 5.8 miles to Harpers Ferry
    Lock up your bike beneath the foot bridge that crosses over the Potomac River Bridge and into the historic renovated Civil War town of Harpers Ferry.
    River & Trail provides bike locks for this purpose based on availability when requested in advance.




    On cooler days:
    Sneakers or biking shoes, wool or thermal socks, fleece shirts/jackets, wind breakers, gloves, biking pants, optional wicking under garments (long johns, not cotton) and hat.

    On warmer days:
    Sneakers or biking shoes, shorts, t-shirts, baseball style hat or visor. For biking, watch for lose shoe laces and wide bottom pants.

    Suggested items to bring:
    Sunglasses, chapstick, sunscreen, bottled water, snacks (granola bar, etc.), phone, backpack to carry items in

     Directions To River and Trail Outfitters in Knoxville, Maryland

    Check-in location:  604 Valley Road Knoxville, MD

    There we’ll give you directions to our bike barn about 10 min. away where you’ll unlock your bikes & ride to the Canal.

    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.

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!