Antietam Kayak & Canoe Rentals – Beginner Whitewater

  • Dates: Apr- Jul 8
  • Duration: 4-5 hours on the water
  • Price: $56-$70
  • Includes: Boat, equipment, shuttle
  • Location: near Sharpsburg, MD

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Availability: April-July 8

Antietam Creek has been rated one of the top 60 paddling streams in North America. Kayaking and canoeing the scenic and historical Antietam creek is for those who have previous experience and have successfully navigated Class II+ rapids in a canoe or kayak before. Highlights of this section include paddling under the well-photographed Burnside Bridge, and floating through sections of Antietam National Battlefield-a cornerstone of our nation’s history. This unique paddle under a canopy of trees, keeps paddlers returning again and again.

Other Self-Guided Paddling Tours

For more information on our other trips on the Potomac River, Shenandoah River, and Antietam Creek, check out our kayak and canoe rentals page

*Boat rentals do not include brunch.  For more information on our guided brunch tour featured in the video below, click here.

Trip Information

Availability: April-July 8

  • Pricing and Rental Information

    Duration Information Pricing
    April-June Departures Sat & Sunday

    • 9:30am
    • 12 miles/4-5 hours on the river
    • 4 boat minimum
    $56/single kayak
    $70/tandem kayak or canoe includes boat rental, life vests, and paddles
    Requirement *Minimum weight/age = 50 lbs & 9 years with very experienced canoeing adult
    * Add a 5% amusement fee + 6% sales tax + $2.50 user fee/person

    Groups of 10 or more people may request other dates & times.

    6.5 mile paddle possible for a minimum of 4 boats

    Please call (301) 834-9950 for reservations

    Please note

    River & Trail recommends that people participating in canoe and kayak rentals have prior knowledge of how to canoe or kayak at the level of difficulty of the route they choose.

  • How to dress for river activities:What to wear rafting

    What to bring

    dry change of clothes


    suntan lotion

    glasses strap

    water bottle


    River and Trail Outfitters Store Supplies:

    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 River and Trail Outfitters in Knoxville, Maryland

     Check-in location: 604 Valley Road Knoxville, MD.  From here, you’ll follow to park your car at or close to the end of the trip and be shuttled up to the put-in

    We need your help!
    Please carpool whenever possible. Space is limited and it saves the earth’s Earth resources.

    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.


    Please make prior arrangements with us for parking and turn around. DO NOT TURN AROUND IN ANY OF THE SMALL DRIVEWAYS OR MILLER AVENUE around River & Trail. This many cause an accident or a ditched bus!

We Look Forward To You Joining Us!

Please Note: Spaces on these popular trips are limited and fill fast. Book Now To Secure Your Spot!