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Mellow Potomac Kayak & Canoe Rentals – Novice

  • Dates: May 30-Nov 5
  • Duration: Half day and full day
  • Price: $47-$70
  • Includes: Boat, equipment, shuttle
  • Location: Brunswick, MD

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Potomac River
Availability May 30th through November 5th

Canoeing and Kayaking trips on the Potomac just down river from Harpers Ferry are a perfect getaway 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.

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: May 30-November 5

  • Pricing and Rental Information

    Duration  Information Includes
    May 30-
    September 5
    Check-in:Brunswick Family Campground

    Sat & Sun & Holidays
    10am

    • 12 miles/4.5-5.5 hours on the river
    • Full day pricing  $56/single kayak, $70/tandem kayak and canoe

    Sat & Sun & Holidays
    12pm, 1pm, 2pm

    • 6 miles/2-2.5 hours on the river
    • Half day pricing  $47/single kayak, $60/canoe, $65/tandem kayak

    Mon-Fri
    11am

    • 6 miles
    • 2-2.5 hours on the river
    • Half day pricing  $47/single kayak, $60/canoe, $65/tandem kayak
     

    boat rental, life vests, and paddles

    September 6-
    November 5
    Check-in:  River & Trail Outfitters
    Any day
    11am

    • 6 miles
    • 2-2.5 hours on the river
    • Half day pricing  $47/single kayak, $60/canoe, $65/tandem kayak
      *minimum 2 boats with combined parties to run shuttle, other times available for groups of 4 boats or more

    Any day
    10am

    • 12 miles
    • 4.5-5.5 hours on the river
    • Full day pricing  $56/single kayak, $70/tandem kayak and canoe
      *minimum of 4 boats for shuttle
     

    boat rental, tube, life vests, and paddles

    Requirement *Minimum weight/age = 50 lbs & 7 years. Must be accompanied by an adult experienced in kayaking or canoeing
    * 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

    Check-in: Brunswick Campground located approx 15 minutes from Harpers Ferry, WV
    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 may cause an accident or a ditched bus!

We Look Forward To You Joining Us!

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