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Paddle & Pickle

  • Dates:  Jul 15, Sep 9
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Price: $79
  • Includes: Equipment, river guide, fermentation instruction & food
  • Location: Brunswick, MD

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Join River & Trail on one of our NEW Food & Drink tours! Starting less than a mile downstream of beautiful Harpers Ferry, you’ll commence 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 3 sets of rapids.

You’ll land your boats at the Brunswick Family Campground where you will have the opportunity to change into fresh clothes and eat a light bag lunch (that you provide) before starting the fermented fun! The Sweet Farm will be joining us at the Brunswick Family Campground to host a hands-on class in an open air pavilion which will teach you how to make a delicious fermented treat. Read below to see what we will be making throughout the year!

*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 $79/person is all-inclusive
      • Single kayak
      • Guide
      • Shuttle service
      • All equipment
      • Fermentation instruction & food
        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.


    Tours Dates

    Sunday, July 15th—
    Perfect Pickles: Summer Brining and Fermenting

    Few things are more refreshing on a hot summer day than a cool, crunchy pickle. And it’s even more satisfying (and healthier!) when you make it yourself! While cucumbers make the most popular pickles, all sorts of summer vegetables are perfect for pickling. From green tomatoes to hot peppers,  zucchini to green beans, your summer garden is full of potential pickles. Rachel Armistead, co-founder of the Sweet Farm, will guide you through the process of brining and fermenting, and show you how to turn the summer bounty into delicious, probiotic pickles. Attendees will leave with a how-to guide, a quart of handmade pickles, and the confidence and know-how to continue fermenting all summer long!

    Sunday, September 9th—Women on the Water
    Kimchi and me: Kimchi for Every Palate

    When most people think of kimchi, they think of a super spicy, bright red mix of strange vegetables buried in the ground. Which is why many people view the traditional Korean ferment suspiciously. But kimchi is a wonderful and varied ferment that can be made exactly how you like it. In this class, Rachel Armistead of The Sweet Farm will talk about all the different ways you can make and flavor your kimchi. And you’ll get to make your own batch to take home, just the way you like it!

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

  • Paddle & Pickle Itinerary

    9:30   am Check in at the Brunswick Family Campground
    10:00 am Shuttle to Potoma-Wayside
    1:00   pm  Arrive at the campground
    1:30   pm  Start class in the pavilion
    3:30  pm Class end

    *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 items are available from our Brunswick 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 approx 15 minutes from Harpers Ferry, WV and approx 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.

We Look Forward To You Joining Us!

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