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Potomac Kayak Rentals – Beginner Whitewater

  • Dates: Jul 9- Oct
  • Duration: 2-2.5 hours on the water
  • Price: $47
  • Includes: Single kayak, equipment, shuttle
  • Location: Brunswick, MD

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Availability July 9 -October
Including Holidays

Kayaking this broad and beautiful section of the Potomac River near Harpers Ferry, West Virginia and Brunswick, Maryland is an area favorite. Kayaking and canoeing this stretch includes mellow water stretches interspersed with three sets of rapids, last but not least, the challenging Knoxville Falls! Paddlers should have previous experience and successfully navigated Class II rapids in a kayak before. Only single kayaks are available to rent on this trip as the put-in requires carrying the boats down a steep gravel hill. Shoes with good traction are required!

*Guides are available for an extra fee for groups of 10 or more, as shown in the video below.


Trip Information

  • Pricing and Rental Information

    Saturday & Sunday & Holidays

    Weekdays available at 11am with a 2 boat minimum

    Duration Information Pricing
    July 9-October 31st

    Including Holidays

    Departures:
    From Brunswick Family Campground  Saturday & Sunday + Holidays

    • 10:30am
    • 5 miles/2-2.5 hours on the river
      (single kayaks only!)
      *weekdays depart at 11am minimum 2 kayaks
    $47/kayak

    kayak rental, life vest, and paddle

    Requirement *Minimum weight/age = 90 lbs & 12 years.
    * Add a 5% amusement fee + 6% sales tax + $2.50 user fee/person

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

    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

    towel

    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

  • Check-in: Brunswick Campground located approx 15 minutes from Harpers Ferry, WV and approx 25 minutes from Frederick, MD.
    The closest mapable address is: 100 S. Maple Ave Brunswick, MD 21716. This address will take you to a railroad parking lot. Once you are at this MARC train station parking area, go over 2 sets of railroad tracks and down a mini-hill to the stop sign (t-intersection). Turn left onto the gravel road and continue about 3/4 mile(this is the C&O Canal). Campground is on the right.

    Hikers/Bikers on the C&O Canal towpath: The campground is located between mileposts 54 and 55.

    Directions from DC/Baltimore area to Brunswick Campground:
    Take 270N to 70W, or 70W to Frederick. At Frederick, take exit #52 to 340 W. Go approximately 9 miles and take the “Petersville” 180 exit. Turn left onto 180 W(Jefferson Pike). Go 1.7 miles, turn left onto MD-79 W/Petersville Rd. Go approximately 2 miles to a stop light.
    Continue straight through the stop light to the bottom of the hill where you will enter a traffic circle. Take the 4th turnoff (sign says “to A street” and Marc Train). Bear right immediately onto Maple Ave to the stop light, go straight through. Once you are at the MARC train station parking area, go over 2 sets of railroad tracks and down a mini-hill to the stop sign (t-intersection). Turn left onto the gravel road and continue about 3/4 mile(this is the C&O Canal). Campground is on the right.

    Directions from Northern Virginia:
    Take 7 West (or 267 W the Greenway toll road) to route 9 West. Go 5-6 miles and turn right onto VA-287 N/Berlin Turnpike. Go 6.6 miles, turn left onto W. Broad Way. After 120 feet, turn right again onto VA-287 N/Berlin Turnpike. Go 2-3 miles, cross the Potomac River Bridge into Maryland. Enter the traffic circle and take the 2nd turnoff (sign says “to A street” and Marc Train). Bear right immediately onto Maple Ave to the stop light, go straight through. Once you are at the MARC train station parking area, go over 2 sets of railroad tracks and down a mini-hill to the stop sign (t-intersection). Turn left onto the gravel road and continue about 3/4 mile(this is the C&O Canal). Campground is on the right.

    Directions from Harpers Ferry area and River & Trail Outfitters:
    Take 340 N/E for 4-5 miles from Harpers Ferry into Maryland. Take the 180 to 478 exit to Knoxville Brunswick. Go 1/2 mile and turn right onto MD-478 E/Knoxville Rd (not an intersection). Go 2.3 miles and turn right at the stop light onto S Maple Ave. Once you are at the MARC train station parking area, go over 2 sets of railroad tracks and down a mini-hill to the stop sign (t-intersection). Turn left onto the gravel road and continue about 3/4 mile(this is the C&O Canal). Campground is on the right

    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!