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Harpers Ferry Bike Rentals, Shuttles & Tours

Get Convenient bike rentals and shuttles for the C&O Canal and Harpers Ferry at Brunswick family campground

Bike rentals & shuttles for the C&O Canal near harpers ferry, WV

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 aboundShady 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.

Trip Info

CIVIL WAR OR NATURAL HISTORY GUIDED BIKE TOURS of Harpers Ferry 

Explore an area rich in our nation’s history, while visiting historical sites such as old locks and Harpers Ferry by bike. This guided bike tour takes place on the C&O Canal, the 185 mile path bordering the Potomac River, stretching from Georgetown to Cumberland. The scenery along this gentle terrain, tree-lined path is fantastic, and provides a spectacular setting for a tour along our nation’s river. 

Guided tours FOR GROUPS OF 8 OR MORE

 

C&O Canal Explorer Mobile App

Check out this useful mobile app by the non-profit C&O Canal Trust for exploring the C&O Canal Towpath!

Trip Details

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

Includes

  • 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:

  • Trail-a-bike
    • For small children (6 years+) to peddle behind an adult
    • $15 + regular bike rental
  • Baby Bike trailer
    • For small children under 50 lbs.  (limited stock)
    • $25 + regular bike rental
    • each trailer fits 2 children under 50 lbs.

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

Season:
March- November

Maximum weight for bikes:
300 lbs.

Shuttles for bikers along the C&O Canal  are available for groups and individual bikers, to shuttle people, bikes, and gear.  

  • Reservations should be made in advance to assure availability.  There is limited availability during the summer season, particularly on weekends. 
  • For more information or to set up a shuttle, fill out our shuttle request form here
  • If your shuttle is less than a week away, call 301-834-9950.

Guided Civil War or Natural History Bicycle Tour 

$40/person
Add 5% amusement tax+ $2.50 user fee/person

Bring your own water & sack lunch

Group Tour Includes:

  • Bike
  • Helmet
  • Informative & excellent guide

Groups of 10-19: $2.00 off/person when paying collectively
Groups of 20-39: $3.00 off/person when paying collectively
Groups of 40+:    $4.00 off/person when paying collectively
*Shuttles are also available upon request
*Bike guide for groups $165/day

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

Check-in is at the Brunswick Family Campground in Brunswick, MD. 
Return time is any time before sunset or 6pm, whichever comes first.

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.

What to Wear Suggestions for Bikers

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 loose shoe laces and wide bottom pants.

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

adventure Add-ONs

Harpers Ferry campground - Brunswick Family Campground - family camping

Brunswick family campground

Relax at our riverfront campground beside the Potomac River and the C&O Canal Towpath, just 15 minutes from Harpers Ferry. Tent, RV and cabins available. Bike, canoe, kayak and tube rentals onsite. Playground, pavilions, bath house, camp store. Campers get 10% discount on select River & Trail activities.

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RAFTING

Add an afternoon whitewater rafting trip to your itinerary. Save $10/person on your bike and raft trip combo when you book them on the same or consecutive days. Check-in for rafting is 22 minutes from biking. *Discount will be applied at checkout after both items have been added to your cart.

CANOE & KAYAK RENTALs

Add an afternoon paddle following your bike rental.   Enjoy a 2 hour mellow and beautiful section of the Potomac River where great blue herons and eagles fly. Paddling & biking check-in location are both at Brunswick Campground. *Discount will be applied at checkout after both items have been added to your cart.