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Harpers Ferry Fall Colors Tours | Potomac and Shenandoah River Valleys

As the crystal clear air of late summer and autumn settles over the Shenandoah Valley near Harpers Ferry, WV and the hillsides slowly take on the brilliant fiery tones for which the valley is famous, River and Trail Outfitters begins its fall colors trips by raft, canoe, kayak, hike, and bike. "Thirty years ago, we started telling the motoring public to get off the highways and onto the rivers for a new look at the fall colors, and they have responded in growing numbers," says Lee Baihly, owner of River and Trail Outfitters, located only one hour from Washington DC and Baltimore beltways and minutes from Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.

For assistance with booking call 301-834-9950

Best way to Experience the Harpers Ferry Fall Colors is with River & Trail

Whitewater Rafting

  • Guided entry level trip on 2 rivers through 3 states
  • Raft the scenic water gap right by historic Harpers Ferry
  • Ages 7 and up & 50 lbs

Kayaking & Canoeing

  • Park & Paddle Canoe/Kayak Rentals
  • Beginner Mellow or Whitewater Trips
  • Multi-day trips (Great for groups!)
  • Minimum age varies according to trip

Food & Drink Paddling Tours

  • Boat & Brew Smoketown on Sundays
  • Mellow paddle on the Potomac
  • Plus 3 beginner whitewater rapids!
  • Italian appetizers & beer flight included

Camping & Cabins

  • Group and individual tent/RV sites
  • 5 cozy cabins to choose from
  • Located on the Potomac River and C&O Canal
  • Bath house, playground, boat ramp & more!

Used Kayak Sale

Begins Oct 17, Saturday 9am
  • Knowledgeable & Friendly Staff
  • Single & Tandem Kayaks from Liquid Logic and Aqua Fusion
  • Receive 10% off accessories


  • Bike the colorful and scenic riverside C&O Canal between Harpers Ferry and Brunswick, MD
  • Self guided & guided tours available
  • Shuttles available


  • View the stunning fall colors of Harpers Ferry!
  • Guided & self guided hikes available
  • Hiking shuttles for Appalachian Trail hikers
  • Great for groups!

Team Building

  • Rafting, picnics, biking, climbing wall and more!
  • Come to us or we go to you with "Adventures Delivered"
  • Let us help you create the perfect custom team building day!

Don't Miss Out On Our Fall Colors Whitewater Rafting Tours!

“From the perch of a raft, canoe, kayak or hiking or biking you can concentrate on the golden and scarlet hues of the changing leaves and you don’t have to turn your attention to what’s coming down the road,” says Baihly, owner of River & Trail Outfitters. The high point of our river trip is when the Shenandoah enters the Potomac Water Gap at Harpers Ferry at the culmination of the Shenandoah Valley. While the water reflects the multicolored trees along the bank, far above the river stand the many rock outcroppings and cliffs that jut out of the rust-colored hilltops. “If your eyes are drawn away from this magnificent scenery, they are usually diverted toward the river itself as you and your guide navigate the rapids along the Shenandoah and Potomac.”

Our Fall Colors Whitewater Rafting Trip includes a half day of beautiful surroundings and Class I, II, and III whitewater that requires no previous experience. River and Trail Outfitters provides qualified guides, U.S. Coast Guard approved safety equipment, a riverside picnic, and transportation to and from the river. “If you wish to have a more personal experience in a boat on the river, you can explore the many waterways that are open to a canoe or kayak during the fall,” says Baihly. “Our canoe and kayak rental program maps out the Shenandoah, Potomac, and their tributaries for one- to seven-day paddles.”

Join River and Trail Outfitters on a raft, canoe, or kayak trip for a fresh look at the fall colors from the river’s point of view.

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