River & Trail

Water to Wine – Kayak and Visit Big Cork Winery Tour

PADDLE A RECREATIONAL KAYAK ON THE POTOMAC RIVER NEAR HARPERS FERRY, THEN HEAD TO THE winery for A wine TASTING!

kayak the POTOMAC RIVER followed by a visit to A scenic vineyard!

Paddle 6 miles on this mellow section of the Potomac River that has been described in National Park literature as, “one of the most beautiful stretches of navigable waterways in the mid-Atlantic.” Visit sand and gravel beaches, wade or go for a swim, and explore the Catoctin Creek tributary as water levels permit.
Enjoy watching the eagles soar above and spotting the many other birds that call this area home.

 

Trip Info

Big Cork Vineyards

You’ll land your boats at the Brunswick Family Campground where you will have the opportunity to change before you caravan along with your guide and fellow paddlers to Big Cork Vineyards. Nestled on 100 rolling acres, surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, you’ll feel like you’ve walked into Napa Valley when you visit their 10,000 square foot tasting room with cloud-like ceilings and sleek interior design.

Quench your thirst with a wine tasting featuring six of their delectable wines.  Satisfy your appetite with a wine tasting tour and cheese plate featuring three cheeses, baguette, dried fruits, and nuts.  Afterwards, soak in the peaceful scenery and live music, and put your feet up with a purchased bottle of wine.

Trip Details

Pricing:

  • The price of $104/person + tax is all-inclusive   

*Add 5% amusement fee + $2.50 user fee/person

Includes

  • Choice of single kayak, tandem kayak, or canoe
  • Guide
  • Shuttle service
  • All equipment
  • Wine tasting & tips plus a light tour
  • Cheese plate to share
  • Parking
    Add 5% amusement fee + $2.50 user fee/person
  • For the river trip: Be sure and bring a sack lunch/snack in a waterproof, compressible bag, and plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated.
  • Other snacks are available for an additional fee at Big Cork.

Dates 
Sunday, May 15
Sunday, Jun 19
Sunday, Jul 17
Sunday, Jul 31
Sunday, Aug 14
Sunday, Aug 28
Sunday, Sep 25
Saturday, Oct 15

*other trip dates are available for groups of 10 or more

Water to Wine: Kayak to Big Cork Itinerary

9:30   am Check in at the Brunswick Family Campground

10:00 am Depart from the campground kayaking on the Potomac River

12:00 pm Take out at Point of Rocks, Maryland and get shuttled back to the Brunswick Family Campground.

12:30 pm  Arrive at the campground.  Dry off and change clothes.

1:15   pm  Car caravan departs for Big Cork for tour and tasting

1:40  pm  Arrive at Big Cork

1:45  pm  Gather the group at Big Cork and introduce to tour leader

2:00-2:45pm Tour, tasting, and cheese plate provided

*Trip departure, length, etc….  may vary according to current water levels, trains temporarily stopped en route to the campground, and group size. Please plan accordingly.

Big Cork offers a robust Grab-and-Go Food Market with all types of cheeses, fresh-baked bread, crackers, charcuterie and other goodies.  You may also bring your own picnic lunch & blanket and enjoy it anywhere on the property but the tasting room bar.

adventure Add-ONs

Harpers Ferry campground - Brunswick Family Campground - family camping

Brunswick family campground

Relax at our riverfront campground beside the Potomac River and the C&O Canal Towpath, just 15 minutes from Harpers Ferry. Tent, RV and group sites available. Bike, Canoe, Kayak and tube rentals onsite. Playground, pavilions, full hookups, bath house, camp store. Campers get 10% discount on select River & Trail activities.

Riding Bikes in Harpers Ferry

Bike Rentals

Add a morning bike rental on the C&O Canal before your trip! Save $5/person on your tubing trip when you book a bike rental for the same day. Bike rental location is at the same place you check in for your tubing trip. *Discount will be applied at checkout after both items have been added to your cart.

Dining Area

Water to Wine: Creek's Edge

Enjoy another paddle on the Potomac River, on a 5.5 mile mellow section of described by National Park literature as, “one of the most beautiful stretches of navigable waterways in the mid-Atlantic.” After your trip, head to Creek's Edge Winery, a wilderness lodge style venue. Dates are limited so reserve as soon as possible!

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