Kayaking, Canoeing, and Paddling

Ride the River: Trips down the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers PLUS Antietam Creek

River and Trail Outfitters provides quality kayaks & canoes and the widest variety of rental trips on the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers as well as Antietam Creek. For novice kayaking and canoeing, there are scenic mellow water trips featuring beautiful scenery and wildlife. For more experienced boaters, there are a variety of beginner to intermediate whitewater runs in and around Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.

Only one hour from Washington DC on the Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia border, River & Trail offers the convenience of camping on the Potomac River, where many of our trips begin. For those people who have enjoyed the beauty and challenge of whitewater rafting, canoeing or kayaking affords a more personal experience with your boat, your companion, and the river.

For your maximum enjoyment, we recommend that at least one person in each boat has basic paddling, river safety and steering skills. You can expect some riffles and rapids on all of our trips and rentals – rivers are not lakes and moving water requires attentive paddling. kayak lessons and canoe lessons providing basic instruction are suggested for first timers and those looking to improve their skills. Certified guides are also available for canoe or kayak rentals for groups.

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Kayak & Canoe Rentals

  • Experience kayaking or canoeing the scenic Shenandoah River, Potomac River, or Antietam Creek.
  • Half day, full day, multi day, and quick paddles available.
  • All equipment, shuttle included. Guides available for groups
  • Starts at $29

Guided Tours

Ducky & Sit-On-Top Whitewater Kayaks

  • Step up to the challenge and fun of Class II-III white water.
  • Paddle through 2 states and scenic views on historic rivers.
  • Guide included. Riverside picnic on some tours.
  • Starts at $57. Must be 12 yrs & 90 lbs.

Sunset/Moonrise Float

  • Enjoy the serenity and solitude as the sun sets and the moon rises.
  • Perfect time for viewing birdlife and wildlife on the evening river.
  • Guide included. Option to reserve camping or cabins at put-in site.
  • Starts at $55. Minimum age 10.

Food & Drink Tours

Paddle & Pour Tours

  • Begin with your choice of mellow water paddling or beginner white water fun
  • Next visit one of the area’s best breweries, vine yards, and distilleries.
  • Options include tours, tastings, savory appetizers or picnic, summer concerts
  • Tours start at $79. Includes single/tandem kayak or canoe, guide.

Foodie Float Tours

  • Begins with a mellow water kayaking tour interspersed with beginner whitewater fun.
  • Tour options include a tasty local foods brunch or hands-on fermented food class.
  • All activities take place outdoors.
  • Tours start at $79. Includes all equipment, guide, food & supplies


Kayak Lessons

  • Recreational and whitewater kayak lessons on local rivers.
  • Learn paddling technique, river reading skills, equipment choices.
  • Private instruction upon request.
  • Starts at $49.

Canoe Lessons

  • Novice, beginner whitewater, and whitewater canoe lessons.
  • Canoe rental, equipment, and certified instructors for groups of 10 or more.
  • Merit badge counselor available to scouts.
  • Potomac River, Shenandoah River, Antietam Creek.

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Call 301-834-9950 for reservations or Book Online Now!

Call 301-834-9950 for reservations or Book Online Now!