Antietam Kayak & Canoe Rentals – Beginner Whitewater

  • Dates: Apr – Jun 30
  • Duration: 4-5 hours on the water
  • Price: $70-$90
  • Includes: Boat, equipment, shuttle
  • Location: near Sharpsburg, MD

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Availability: April-June 30.  Groups of 10 people or more only.

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 for individuals & groups, 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 – June 30

  • Pricing for April – June 30.  Groups of 10 or more people only

    • Weekdays or Weekends Full Day: $70/single kayak | $90/tandem kayak | $90/canoe
      10% off for groups of 10 or more people.  Non profits may be exempt from 6% sales tax

    *Add a 5% amusement fee + 6% sales tax + $2.50 user fee/person

    Group Guided Trips
    Certified Guides are available to lead group trips.  Please call and ask for group sales for specific pricing.

  • April – June 30

    • Weekdays & Weekends (Full Day & Half Day Trips available):
      Groups of 10 people or more only
      9:30am Full day departure
      1:00pm Half day departure
      *Earlier custom trip times may be available.

    Please call (301) 834-9950 for reservations

    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.


    • Boat Rental
    • Life Vests
    • Paddles

    Required Minimum Age: 9 years old (50 lbs) with very experienced adult

    Length of Trip: Full Day: 12 Miles, 4-5 Hours | Half Day: 6.5 Miles, 2-3 Hours

  • Dressing for River ActivitiesWhat to wear rafting

    What to bring:

    • Dry change of clothes
    • Towel
    • Sunscreen
    • Water bottle
    • Glasses strap

    River & Trail Outfitters Store Supplies:

    • Snacks and Drinks
    • Souvenirs such as t-shirts, hats, and patches
    • Items you might forget like sunscreen, 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

    From the Baltimore area

      1. Take I-70W to Frederick.
      1. Take Exit 52 onto 340W for 16 miles.
      1. Turn right on Valley Road at the yellow flashing lights just before the Potomac River Bridge.
    1. We are immediately on the left.

    From the Washington D.C area

      1. Take I-270N to Frederick.
      1. Merge with I-70W toward Hagerstown.
      1. Move to far right lane immediately.
      1. Take Exit 52 onto 340W toward Charles Town.
      1. Follow 340 for 16 miles.
      1. Turn right on Valley Road at the yellow flashing lights just before the Potomac River Bridge.
    1. We are immediately on the left.

    From the Northern Virginia area

      1. Take the Greenway to Route 7W or get directly on Route 7W (Leesburg Pike) past Leesburg.
      1. Exit onto Route 9W toward Charles Town.
      1. Approximately 2 miles after the small town of Hillsboro, turn right onto Route 671.
      1. At the T-intersection turn right onto 340 and cross the Potomac River Bridge.
      1. Turn left at the first Maryland intersection (yellow flashing lights just past bridge) onto Valley Road.
    1. We are immediately on the left.

    From the Harpers Ferry WV area

      1. Take 340 N, go approximately 3 miles past Harpers Ferry, crossing over the Shenandoah and Potomac River bridges into Maryland.
      1. Just after the Potomac River Bridge, turn left at the yellow flashing lights onto Valley Road.
    1. We are immediately on the left.

    Groups Arriving in Buses
    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!