Mellow Potomac River Kayak & Canoe Rentals – Novice

  • Dates: May 16 – Nov 1
  • Duration: Half day and full day
  • Price: $54-$80
  • Includes: Boat, equipment, shuttle
  • Location: Brunswick, MD

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Potomac River Kayak & Canoe Rental
Availability May 16 through November 1

Canoeing and Kayaking trips on the Potomac River, just down from Harpers Ferry, are a perfect getaway and only one hour from DC and Baltimore beltways. Launch from Brunswick Campground and paddle a mellow and beautiful stretch of our Nation’s River while you leave your daily cares behind!

This stretch of the Potomac River is perfect for floating, picnicking, fishing, and bird watching. Highlights include the Catoctin Creek Aqueduct, the most picturesque aqua duct on the C&O Canal and fantastic bird life. Keep your eyes open for great blue herons and the return of the bald eagle! All ages will enjoy staying cool on this Potomac River paddling trip.


Trip Information
Availability: May 16 – November 1

  • Pricing for May 16 – November 1 (Check-in: Brunswick Family Campground)

    • Half Day: $54/single kayak | 80/tandem kayak | $80/canoe
    • Full Day*: $59/single kayak | $85/tandem kayak | $85/canoe
      *groups of 10 or more people only

    *Add a 5% amusement fee + 6% sales tax + $2.50 user fee/person
    **Groups of 10 or more people receive 10% off.  Non-profits may be exempt from 6% sales tax.

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

  • May 16 – September 7

    • Weekdays (Half Day): 11am
    • Weekends & Holidays (Half Day): 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm
    • Weekends & Holidays (Full Day)*: 10am
      *groups of 10 or more people only

    September 8 – November 1

    • Half Day: 11am (min 4 boats between all parties required for shuttle service)
    • Full Day*: 10am
      *groups of 10 or more people only

    All trips: 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.

    Includes

    • Boat Rental
    • Life Vests
    • Paddles

    Required Minimum Age: 7 years old (50 lbs) for tandem kayaks and canoes, must be accompanied by an experienced adult. 12 years old for single kayaks.
    Length of Trip: Full Day: 4.5-5.5 hours / Half Day: 2-2.5 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
  • Brunswick Family Campground Check-in is located approx 15 minutes from Harpers Ferry, WV at
    40 Canal Road 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

    1. Take 270N to 70W, or 70W to Frederick.
    2. At Frederick, take exit #52 to 340 W.
    3. Go approximately 9 miles and take the “Petersville” 180 exit.
    4. Turn left onto 180 W(Jefferson Pike).
    5. Go 1.7 miles, turn left onto MD-79 W/Petersville Rd. Go approximately 2 miles to a stop light.
    6. Continue straight through the stop light to the bottom of the hill where you will enter a traffic circle.
    7. Take the 4th turnoff (sign says “to A street” and Marc Train).
    8. Bear right immediately onto Maple Ave to the stop light, go straight through.
    9. 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).
    10. Turn left onto the gravel road and continue about 3/4 mile (this is the C&O Canal).
    11. Campground is on the right.

    Directions from Northern Virginia

    1. Take 7 West (or 267 W the Greenway toll road) to route 9 West.
    2. Go 5-6 miles and turn right onto VA-287 N/Berlin Turnpike
    3. Go 6.6 miles, turn left onto W. Broad Way.
    4. After 120 feet, turn right again onto VA-287 N/Berlin Turnpike.
    5. Go 2-3 miles, cross the Potomac River Bridge into Maryland.
    6. Enter the traffic circle and take the 2nd turnoff (sign says “to A street” and Marc Train).
    7. Bear right immediately onto Maple Ave to the stop light, go straight through.
    8. 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).
    9. Turn left onto the gravel road and continue about 3/4 mile (this is the C&O Canal).
    10. Campground is on the right.

    Directions from Harpers Ferry area and River & Trail Outfitters

    1. Take 340 N/E for 4-5 miles from Harpers Ferry into Maryland.
    2. Take the 180 to 478 exit to Knoxville Brunswick.
    3. Go 1/2 mile and turn right onto MD-478 E/Knoxville Rd (not an intersection).
    4. Go 2.3 miles and turn right at the stop light onto S Maple Ave.
    5. 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).
    6. Turn left onto the gravel road and continue about 3/4 mile (this is the C&O Canal).
    7. Campground is on the right

We Look Forward To You Joining Us!

Please Note: Canoe and kayak rentals are limited and fill fast. Book Now To Secure Your Spot!