Shenandoah River Kayak & Canoe Rentals – Novice

  • Dates: Apr-May 29
  • Duration: Half day and full day
  • Price: $47-$70
  • Includes: Boat, equipment, shuttle
  • Location: Near Harpers Ferry, WV

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Shenandoah River

Canoeing and Kayaking trips on the Shenandoah River just above Harpers Ferry are a perfect getaway.  Paddlers wind their way down river through the scenic Shenandoah Valley, nestled between the rolling Blue Ridge Mountains. Kayaking or canoeing this scenic and mellow river includes navigating small Class I-II rapids, a great combination of relaxation and fun!

Blue heron, osprey, and the return of the bald eagles offer great bird watching opportunities. Bring your fishing pole or enjoy floating and picnicking along the way.

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

Trip Information

Availability: April-May 29th

  • Pricing and Rental Information

    Duration Information Includes
    April Departures Half day pricing
    $47/ single kayak, $60/canoe, $65/tandem kayak

    • 2-3 hours on the river
    • start at 11am
      *minimum 2 boats to run a shuttle
    boat rental, life vests, and paddles
    May 1st-
    May 29th
    Saturday & Sunday
    Full day pricing
    $56/single kayak, $70/tandem kayak & canoe

    • Departure: 9:30am
    • 14 miles
    • 5-6 hours on the river

    Monday – Friday
    Half day pricing
    $47/single kayak, $60/canoe, $65/tandem kayak

    • 11am
    • 7 miles
    • 2-3 hours on the river
      *(minimum 2 boats to run a shuttle).
    boat rental, life vests, and paddles
    Requirement *Minimum weight/age = 50 lbs & 7 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

    1. dry change of clothes
    2. towel
    3. suntan lotion
    4. glasses strap
    5. 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 at 604 Valley Road Knoxville, MD.  From here, we’ll give you directions to drive 10 more minutes to our riverfront property to meet your shuttle.  The convenience of having your car near the end of this trip is a bonus.

    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!

  • Shenandoah River Map

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!