Nature Survival Hike near Harpers Ferry

Learn the survival skills you need if you get lost in the woods.  Packed with fun & great information!

Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia Educational Hiking Trips

This guided hike by River and Trail Outfitters teaches you the skills you need to survive if you get lost in the woods. True stories will be shared about survival in the wild. We will talk about pre-hike planning by going over various survival gear and techniques, learn how to purify water, manufacture pure water, and build a real debris hut to help you survive your first night in style.

Perfect for Scouts, Schools & Youth Groups

These hikes are perfect for scouts who can earn badges as well as for all other groups wanting to learn basic hiking and survival skills in the woods. The hiking trip will take place at the Brunswick Family Campground along the C & O Canal.  Groups rave about this fun, incredibly useful educational hike!

Trip Info

Trip Details



*Group pricing available

Add a 5% amusement fee + $2.50 user fee/person


Hiking guide




Year round for groups of 10 or more

Departure Times

8:30 am

11:30 am

3:00 pm

Suggested age: 7

Trip length

3 hours (duration can be customized)


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

On warmer days:
Sneakers or hiking boots, shorts, t-shirts, baseball style hat or visor.

Sunglasses, chapstick, sunscreen, bottled water, snacks or sack lunch, camera, backpack to carry items in

Directions To River and Trail Outfitters in Knoxville, Maryland

604 Valley Road Knoxville, MD 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.


When you arrive at River & Trail, continue 1/2 mile past it to the top of the hill to find turn arounds in the developments on the right. DO NOT TURN AROUND IN ANY OF THE SMALL DRIVEWAYS BEFORE THIS. This may cause an accident or a ditched bus!

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.

Rafters on the Shenandoah River - River & Trail Outfitters


Add an afternoon whitewater rafting trip on two rivers and through three states to your itinerary! Guided whitewater rafting provides a great way to experience natural and Civil War history from the water. Group rates are available for your hike & raft combo. Contact our group sales person for more information!


Canoe & Kayak Rentals

Add an afternoon paddle following your hike. Enjoy a 2 hour mellow and beautiful section of the Potomac River where great blue herons and eagles fly. Brunswick Family Campground where you check-in also offers great opportunities for picnicking between activities. Contact our groups sales person for more information!

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