Potomac River Tubing Near Harpers Ferry, WV
- Dates: May 25-Sep 15
- Duration: 1-2 hours
- Price: $25-$33
- Includes: Tube, life vest, shuttle
- Location: Harpers Ferry, WV
Whitewater River Tubing on the Potomac
Voted in the top 10 tubing rivers in the nation by USA Today’s Reader’s Choice, the Potomac River whitewater tubing trip is perfect for those looking for more action. Class II-III waves and ripples will splash and thrill you on this river tubing adventure! This trip is unguided and participants will be on their own. Participants should be strong swimmers and able to self-rescue if they are thrown from or separated from their tubes.
Scenic Views of Three States, Two Rivers
Floating down one of the most scenic stretches of river in the country, this tubing trip takes place in the Potomac River Gap by Harpers Ferry. Tubers drifting by historic Harpers Ferry National Park have a spectacular view of Maryland Heights and the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers. Take in the view of West Virginia, Virginia, and Maryland as you pass by Harpers Ferry National Park and the C & O Canal.
Alcohol Policy – Family Friendly
Save the bottled fun for after the run…Alcohol, coolers, and bags are prohibited on this trip for your safety! Do bring a larger bottle of water with grab loop to tie to your tube.
WEEKDAYS are $6 OFF the weekend price
With Advance Reservations
- $25/adult on weekdays
- $31/person on weekends & holidays
*Add 5% amusement fee + 6% sales tax + $2.50 user fee/person
- $27.48/person on weekdays
- $32.88/person on weekends & holidays
*Add 5% amusement fee + 6% sales tax + $2.50 user fee/person *Group rates do not apply
- Quality standard tube with or w/o a seat bottom
- Life vest rental
Groups of 10-19: $2 off/person
Groups of 20-39: $3 off/person
Groups of 40+: $4 off/person
*Add a tubing guide for groups for $80
12 years & 90 lbs
1-2 hours depending on water levels
May 25-Sep 22
Weekdays: 11am and 1pm
Weekends & Holidays: 10am- 2:30pm – Shuttles leave approximately every 30 minutes
*Groups of 15 or more can request other times and dates
Please no coolers allowed on the bus or on the river!
Large water bottles with loops are encouraged. Bring them with a carabiner or short strap to secure it to your tube during the trip.
What to bring
- dry change of clothes
- suntan lotion
- glasses strap
- water bottle
- NO flip flops! Closed toed shoes only.
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
Tubers with trips on SAT. & SUN May 25th -September Labor Day Sunday, and on holidays such as Memorial Day Monday, July 4th, & Labor Day Monday. Follow the directions to Camp Manidokan directly below!
DIRECTIONS FOR MANIDOKAN CAMPGROUND
Address: Across the road from 1620 Harpers Ferry Road Knoxville, MD 21758 (see written directions). GPS may mislead you, so please look at directions. 39.358111, -77.732998
From the Washington D.C area: Take I-270N to Frederick. Merge with I-70W toward Hagerstown. Move to far right lane immediately. Take Exit #52 onto 340W toward Charles Town. Follow 340 for 16 miles. At the flashing yellow lights, turn left onto Keep Tryst Rd. At stop sign, bear left to the top of the little hill. Make first right onto Sandy Hook Rd. After approximately 4.5 miles on Sandy Hook (which becomes Harpers Ferry road), pass a red & white sign for “Manidokan.” In a few hundred yards, at the black mailbox (1620), turn right (you’ll see a white cross in the field). Proceed straight back for 1/8 mile — bear left park in the field along the back tree line.
From the Baltimore area:
Take I-70W to Frederick. Follow the directions from 70W under directions from DC
From the Northern Virginia area:
Take the Greenway to Route 7W or get directly on Route 7W (Leesburg Pike) past Leesburg. Exit onto Route 9W toward Charles Town. Approximately 2 miles after the small town of Hillsboro, turn right onto Route 671. At the T-intersection turn right onto 340 and cross the Potomac River Bridge. At the flashing yellow lights, turn right onto Keep Tryst Rd. At stop sign, bear left to the top of the little hill. Make first right onto Sandy Hook Rd. After approximately 4.5 miles on Sandy Hook (which becomes Harpers Ferry road), pass a red & white sign for “Manidokan.”In a few hundred yards, at the black mailbox (1620), turn right (you’ll see a white cross in the field). Proceed straight back for 1/8 mile — bear left park in the field along the back tree line.
For Tubers with trips on MONDAY – FRIDAY(except for Memorial Day, Labor Day & July 4th) May 27-Sept 30th and all tubers on weekend trips after Labor Day weekend in September, follow the directions to River & Trail.
DIRECTIONS TO RIVER AND TRAIL OUTFITTERS
We need your help!
Please carpool whenever possible. Space is limited and it saves the earth’s resources.
Address: 604 Valley Road Knoxville, MD
From the Baltimore area:
Take I-70W to Frederick. Take Exit 52 onto 340W for 16 miles. Turn right on Valley Road at the yellow flashing lights just before the Potomac River Bridge. We are immediately on the left.
From the Washington D.C area.:
Take I-270N to Frederick. Merge with I-70W toward Hagerstown. Move to far right lane immediately. Take Exit 52 onto 340W toward Charles Town. Follow 340 for 16 miles. Turn right on Valley Road at the yellow flashing lights just before the Potomac River Bridge. We are immediately on the left.
From the Northern Virginia area:
Take the Greenway to Route 7W or get directly on Route 7W (Leesburg Pike) past Leesburg. Exit onto Route 9W toward Charles Town. Approximately 2 miles after the small town of Hillsboro, turn right onto Route 671. At the T-intersection turn right onto 340 and cross the Potomac River Bridge. Turn left at the first Maryland intersection (yellow flashing lights just past bridge) onto Valley Road. We are immediately on the left.
From the Harpers Ferry WV area:
Take 340 N, go approximately 3 miles past Harpers Ferry, crossing over the Shenandoah and Potomac River bridges into Maryland. Just after the Potomac River Bridge, turn left at the yellow flashing lights onto Valley Road. We are immediately on the left.
Frequently Asked Questions About Tubing Near Harpers Ferry
Here’s answers to our most frequently asked questions about tubing…
Do we need any paperwork?Yes. Before each activity a waiver must be filled out. A new waiver must be filled out and signed for each day and for each activity before participating. Waivers can be found under the waivers link on our website or you can fill them out online. A copy of the waiver can be mailed or faxed upon request.
Anyone under the age of 18 is considered a minor and must have a parent guardian permission form filled out prior to each activity. The form is available online or can be faxed or mailed upon request.
Are videos and photos available?Groups can request a photographer who will take pictures as long as he is available. We also sell waterproof cameras.
Where do I sit to stay dry?Answer: The Bus. You are going to get wet!
Where can I put my beer so it does not get lost?Short answer: At home. <strong>Save the bottled fun for after the run. If you show up for the trip intoxicated you will not be allowed to go and your money will not be refunded.</strong>
Will my tube trip be canceled in the event of rain?Antietam, Potomac Whitewater & any other Guided Trips: We go if the forecast is sprinkling on and off. If the day is calling for heavy rain, we may call you the day before to allow you to reschedule to another day. If you have any questions about weather, please call us. <strong>Shenandoah tubing</strong> and other unguided trips. If you want to go, we won’t stop you unless conditions appear severe, otherwise you can get a credit voucher to come another day within one year.
How do I get the tube to move where I want it to go?Some people choose to just float. However, if you are about to run into an object or would like to help yourself along, you can use your arms as paddles!
Can I wear flip flops?Answer: No! Old sneakers or TEVA-type sandals that hook to your feet are the best! Flip flops fall off and no longer provide protection from sharp rocks or possible fish hooks.
What else is important to know about clothing?Dress appropriately for the weather. Normally bathing suit, and quick dry shorts are advisable. A windbreaker/rain jacket is also helpful to keep the rain out and to help prevent tube rash under your arms if you are an avid paddler!
Since I am going to get wet, is it at least OK if I wear my warm sweats?Answer: DO NOT WEAR COTTON ON COOLER DAYS. Cotton wicks the heat away from you when it gets wet and will cause you to become hypothermic. Wear wool, or PolyProtm — these will keep the heat in. Sweats are most definitely out, until after you get back to dry land.
What about my physical & medical conditions?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.<strong>Note:</strong> 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.
What are the age limits?At River and Trail we have suggested ages for each of our trips. Age limits will change depending on water levels and trip formats.
- Antietam Tubing 7 yrs & 50 lbs
- Shenandoah Tubing 4 yrs (if under 50 lbs must supply own vest
- Potomac Whitewater Tubing 12 yrs & 90 lbs.
Do I have to wear a life vest?Answer: Yes! Always wear your life vest.
Should I bring my camera?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 cameras in our outfitter store.
Should I bring my cell phone, wallet or car keys on the water?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 <strong>DO NOT BRING THESE ITEMS ON THE TRIP WITH YOU unless you have a completely waterproof container.</strong> 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 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.
Want To Add Extra Excitement To Your Trip?
Add a zip to your trip and fly down our 840 ft zip line at a special package deal price! Save $5/person on your tubing trip when you book a zip line for the same day.
Discount will be applied at checkout after both items have been added to your cart.
(Available Saturday and Sunday or any day for groups of 20 or more)
We Look Forward To You Joining Us!
Please Note: Spaces on these popular trips are limited and fill fast. Book Now To Secure Your Spot!