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Water to Wine – Kayak to Big Cork

  • Dates: Jun 9, Jul 28, Aug 12, Sep 1 
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Price: $84
  • Includes: Guide, equipment, wine tasting, cheese plate, shuttle
  • Location: Brunswick, MD

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Join River & Trail on one of our staff’s favorite paddles.  Starting less than a mile downstream of beautiful Harper’s Ferry, you’ll start the day with a postcard view.  First timers never fear, your guides are here!  Experienced guides will paddle with you and help you navigate the twists and turns of this breathtaking and peaceful 5.5 mile stretch.  Kayaking this beginner whitewater stretch includes mellow water interspersed with three sets of rapids.

Big Cork Vineyards

You’ll land your boats at the Brunswick Family Campground where you will have the opportunity to change before you caravan along with your guide and fellow paddlers to Big Cork Vineyards. Nestled on 100 rolling acres, surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, you’ll feel like you’ve walked into Napa Valley when you visit their 10,000 square foot tasting room with cloud-like ceilings and sleek interior design.

Quench your thirst and appetite with a wine tasting tour and cheese plate!  Afterwards, soak in the peaceful scenery and live music, and put your feet up with a purchased bottle of wine.

Check out this fun-filled video which shows the kayaking portion of the trip!

 

*Only single kayaks available to rent on this trip as the put-in requires carrying the boats down a steep gravel hill.  Shoes with good traction are required! Flip flops are not advised.

 Tour Information

  • Pricing

    • The price of $84/person + tax is all-inclusive
      *Add 5% amusement fee + $2.50 user fee/person

    Includes

    • Single kayak
    • Guide
    • Shuttle service
    • All equipment
    • Wine tasting & light tour
    • Cheese plate to share
    • Parking
      Add 5% amusement fee + $2.50 user fee/person
    • For the river trip: Be sure and bring a sack lunch/snack in a waterproof, compressible bag, and plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated.
    • Other snacks are available for an additional fee at Big Cork.

    Dates 

    Saturday, June 9
    Saturday, July 28
    Sunday, August 12
    Saturday, September 1  Labor Day Weekend

    *other trip dates are available for groups of 15 or more

  •  Water to Wine: Kayak to Big Cork Itinerary

    9:30   am Check in at the Brunswick Family Campground
    10:00 am Shuttle to Potoma Wayside
    10:30 am Kayaks on the water
    1:00   pm  Arrive at the campground
    1:15   pm  Car caravan to Big Cork for tour and tasting
    1:40  pm  Arrive at Big Cork
    1:45  pm  Gather the group at Big Cork and introduce to tour leader
    2:00-2:45pm Tour, tasting, and cheese plate provided

    *Trip departure, length, etc….  may vary according to current water levels and group size. Please plan accordingly.

  • 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 (at least 32 ounces)
    6. packed lunch or snack

    River and Trail Outfitters Store Supplies: (located in Knoxville, MD). Some supplies located in Brunswick, MD at the campground store.

    • 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 the Meeting Location at Brunswick Family Campground

    Brunswick Campground is 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.

    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.

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