Boat & Brew – Smoketown Brewery Tour
PADDLE A recreational KAYAK ON THE Potomac RIVER NEAR HARPERS FERRY, THEN HEAD TO THE CRAFT BREWERY FOR a tour a & BEER TASTING!
Potomac River Kayaking to a Craft Brewery!
This guided 4.5 mile kayaking trip begins behind Bird Sanctuary Island, home to an amazing number of Blue Herons and wild ducks. Reaching beyond the island, the rising thermals from the river’s uplands support soaring Red-tail Hawks, American Bald Eagles, and other birds of prey. As you watch the silent sky, paddlers will hear the sound of falling water as you approach three Class II+ rapids and waves.
After the gradual drop of Knoxville falls, the Potomac settles into an easy flow and your attention turns again to the woodlands in search of birds, wildlife, and the fish that live below. No paddling experience is necessary for this guided trip, although we recommend paddlers be in good physical condition.
See what kayaking on the Potomac River is all about in this fun video!
In early May, join us for our unique Raft & Brew adventure. Experience entry level Class I-III rafting on the Shenandoah & Potomac Rivers at Harpers Ferry before heading to the brewery 17 minutes away!
After the paddle, enjoy the taste of craft beer at the new Smoketown Brewery only minutes away in Brunswick, MD. You’ll not only enjoy the flight of tasty beer but also the upbeat environment in the tasting room or the outside patio. Enjoy the tour behind the glass wall and speak to the brewery team about hand-crafted beer. To top the day off, enjoy the savory taste of the locals’ favorite eatery. Kings Pizza will provide hearty appetizers of garlic knots and gourmet white pizza.
Sundays May 16, August 22, October 3
- The price of $84/person is all-inclusive
- Single kayak rental
- Shuttle service
- All equipment
- New York Style pizza & garlic knots
- Beer tasting
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.
*Participants must hike down a short and steep hill helping carry their single kayak to the river put-in. Shoes with good traction are a must.
Paddle on the Potomac River to Smoketown Brewery Itinerary
9:30 am Check-in at the Brunswick Family Campground store
10:00am Depart up river to the put-in at Potoma Wayside
10:30am Brief introduction to paddling at the river’s edge
12:45pm ish Take out at Brunswick Family Campground’s boat ramp
Change into dry clothes
1:30pm Car caravan 2 miles to Smoketown Brewery
1:45pm Back room tour of the brewery – hearty appetizers and micro brewery beer tasting
Leave when it feels right
*Trip length may vary according to water levels and group size. Please plan accordingly.
**Other dates are available for groups of 10 or more
Relax at our riverfront campground beside the Potomac River and the C&O Canal Towpath, just 15 minutes from Harpers Ferry. Tent, RV and cabins available. Bike, canoe, kayak and tube rentals onsite. Playground, pavilions, bath house, camp store. Campers get 10% discount on select River & Trail activities.
Stay overnight at our campground and add a morning bike rental on the C&O Canal to your itinerary. Save $10/person on your paddle & bike trip combo when you book for consecutive days. Bike rental location is at the put-in for your river trip. *Discount will be applied at checkout after both items have been added to your cart.
Paddle a novice and scenic section of the iconic Shenandoah River nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Afterwards head to the unique craft brewery Abolitionist Ale where a new flavor is released each week. Enjoy an artisan personal pizza and good time with friends and family.