2 Day Canoe & Kayak Camping
Shenandoah River above Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
Canoers will enjoy this novice overnight canoe camping trip on the Shenandoah River. Canoeing and Kayaking trips on the Shenandoah River above Harpers Ferry are a perfect getaway for families, couples, and groups.
As you paddle this scenic river, you will find yourself navigating small rapids and ledges as well as paddling through mellow water sections, allowing for relaxation and play. In your canoe or kayak, you will wind your way down river through the scenic Shenandoah Valley, nestled between the rolling Blue Ridge Mountains.
Paddling trips on the Shenandoah often include wildlife sightings of birds such as blue heron, osprey, egrets, and sometimes bald eagles. You can bring your fishing pole or just enjoy watching the fish jump around you. Canoers and kayakers will enjoy the solitude, relaxation, fishing, and sunbathing opportunities along this winding and beautiful stretch of the Shenandoah River.
CANOE & KAYAK RENTAL PRICING
|2 Day||Rental includes:|
*best suited for 2-day due to capacity to carry gear
|boat rental, life vests, paddles, and one or two way shuttle|
|Single Rec Kayak||$110/boat|
|Groups||10 or more boats receive 10% off when paying collectively
Non-profits should inquire about weekday specials
|* Add 5% amusement fee + 6% sales tax + $2.25 per person user fee
If fishing: For this trip, both WV and VA fishing licenses are needed.
|Weekends & Weekdays||Difficulty|
|When||9:30am depart, 4:00 PM pickup||Novice: Class I-II|
|Distance/time||First day 15 miles / second day 14 5-6.5 hrs. each day|
|Age & Weight||7 yrs. old and 50 lbs.|
|Camping||Camping: River islands around Rt. 7 bridge for groups of 5 or less during dry weather or Watermelon Campground.540-955-4803 (Campground has full facilities.) Customers will need to bring water, food, etc… if camping on river islands.|
|Shuttle||Shuttle goes out with our regular morning shuttle and customers are dropped off after everyone else. Customer cars get parked at our water front property at Millville. Customers will be shuttled back to their cars at the end of the trip.|
What to bring
Check-in location: 604 Valley Road Knoxville, MD.
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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.
Many of the other items we usually have for sale in our Outfitter shop such as: dry bags, waterproof cameras, cam straps, sunglass straps, water shoes, hats, and waterproof boxes.
– Camping on the Potomac is along the C&O Canal at designated spots.
– For camping on the Shenandoah, River & Trail recommends Watermelon Park Campground. Primitive camping on a river islands is available for small parties during dry weather.
– Pack as compactly as you can and remember to strap in all your gear so that in case of flipping, you will not lose it. Canoes are best for overnight trips. Single kayaks can be mixed with canoes and hold some gear. Our tandem kayaks are not made to haul gear for overnight trips.
Going to the bathroom in the woods:
“On behalf of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, I would like to thank you for such a great canoe trip. The guides were great and all the girls enjoyed the trip (even the ones, including myself, who fell in:. You are a great business and we’ll definitely book with you in the future. You know you did a great job when 26 canoes of high maintenance, “citified” women can have an awesome time in nature!”
River & Trail recommends that people participating in canoe and kayak rentals have basic knowledge of how to steer the craft they are renting through moving water and Class II riffles and ledges. For first timers, we recommend our “park and paddle” program, our beginner kayak lesson, or guided whitewater sit-on-top trip.
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