River & Trail

harpers ferry tubing

Go River tubing on the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers at Harpers Ferry – rated among the top 10 tubing rivers in the nation by USA Today’s Reader’s Choice!

River Tubing on the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers

Tubing trips in Harpers Ferry are the #1 summertime outdoor fun for the DC/Baltimore metro area!

The Shenandoah & Potomac were voted two of the TOP 10 TUBING RIVERS IN THE NATION by USA Today’s Reader’s Choice. Make memories this summer. Go play!

River & Trail Outfitters offers tubing rentals, shuttles, and tours on the Shenandoah River and Potomac River. From mellow lazy river tubing trips to white water tubing at Harpers Ferry, we have the trip for you! Visit us during the week when we are less busy and save up to $8 off our Saturday prices.


For assistance with booking call 301-834-9950 Online booking discount save $3/person

Tubing FAQs

Not sure what tubing in Harpers Ferry is all about? Read these helpful Tubing FAQs below!

Mellow Tubing on the Shenandoah River just upriver from Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

  • 1-2 hr mellow float on the Shenandoah
  • Go for more than one run (as available)
  • Optional kayak or canoe on-site for $10 more
  • Starts at $29.  Weekdays are $8 less than weekends.
  • Minimum age 4 & at least 50 lbs.

Whitewater Tubing on the Potomac River by Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

  • Tube the scenic river gap where the Shenandoah & Potomac Rivers meet
  • 1-2 hour tube trip
  • Go for more than one run (as available)
  • Starts at $31. Weekdays are $8 less than weekends.
  • Minimum age 12 & at least 90 lbs.

Mellow Tubing Float on the Potomac River at Brunswick, MD

  • Spot bald eagles and blue herons!
  • 3 hour float on mellow water
  • Riverside snack included!
  • Guided tubing trip on Fri, Sat, Sun
  • $52/person. Minimum age 7 & at least 50lbs.

Tubing Season Pass

  • Great deal on tubing & paddling!
  • Shenandoah mellow & Potomac whitewater tubing
  • Park & Paddle kayaking & canoeing
  • $99/single pass, $250/four person pass

river tubing FAQs

Bring shoes with a good rubber sole that hook to your feet, such as old sneakers, velcro sandals, aqua sox, etc…  FLIP FLOPS ARE NOT PERMITTED.  We do sell water shoes at our tubing check-ins.  

Remember that we do have a closing time for tubing.  Do not arrive so late that you do not have time for your tubing run!


Answer: Yes. Online waivers are available to be filled out via your email confirmation and MUST be filled out. A new waiver must be filled out and signed for each day and for each activity before participating. Waivers can also be found under the waivers link on our website.  Waivers are also available onsite. Minors Anyone under the age of 18 is considered a minor and must have a parent guardian signature. 

Answer: Currently we do not video our trips or have a photographer.  We do sell  waterproof cell phone cases and waterproof cameras at our outfitter store.

Answer: The Bus. You are going to get wet. If you somehow manage to get through every rapid dry, someone is bound to take pity and dump a bailer full of water on you!

Short answer:  At home.  Long answer:  Save the bottled fun for after the run.  If you show up for the trip intoxicated or on drugs, you will not be allowed to go and your money will not be refunded.  Drunk or drugged boaters pose a serious danger to themselves, our other customers, and our staff.

Answer: Please inform your reservation specialist before arrival of any physical or medical conditions of anyone in your group.  Also inform your trip leader prior to the trip.  We highly recommend you consult a physician prior to participating in our activities if you have any concern.  We advise all ASTHMATICS to bring their inhalers. We also advise that anyone who has allergies requiring an epi-pin to bring it. Note: We reserve the right to refuse anyone participating in our adventure activities due to physical, mental or size limitations that, in our opinion, would expose that person or group to extreme risk.

Answer: At River and Trail we have suggested ages for each of our trips. Age limits will change depending on water levels and trip formats.

Suggested Ages:

  • Shenandoah Tubing, 4 yrs & 50 lbs 
  • Potomac Mellow Tubing, 7 yrs & 50 lbs
  • Harpers Ferry Whitewater Tubing 12 yrs & 90 lbs

Answer:  YES.  Always wear your life vest, river levels vary with each step! Our U.S. Coast Guard approved PFDs are required by law, our insurance, and our company policy. 

Answer:  Like you, your camera will get wet. Things also have a way of going into the river, never to be seen again.  This being the case, we would suggest a sturdy strap and a waterproof camera. We do sell waterproof cases for cell phones and waterproof cameras in our outfitter store

Answer: As stated above “Like you, your cell phone, wallet and keys will get wet. Things also have a way of going into the river, never to be seen again.” This being the case, we recommend that you DO NOT BRING THESE ITEMS ON THE TRIP WITH YOU unless you have a completely waterproof container. Our guided trips carry cell phones for emergency situations. We suggest that you lock your personal belongings in your car trunk and give your keys to our shop staff. Watches can be worn if they are waterproof. Keep in mind that River & Trail is not responsible for any of these items mentioned that are damaged by water if you choose to take them on the trip with you. We try to keep dry boxes and bags for cell phones stocked in our shop.