Antietam Creek Tubing
- Dates: Mid-Jun to Mid-Sep
- Duration: 4-5 hours
- Price: $45
- Includes: Tube, Life Vest, Picnic Lunch, Guide
- Location: Near Sharpsburg, MD
Beginner Whitewater River Tubing On Antietam Creek
Join us on this River & Trail exclusive 4-5 hour tubing trip which simply has it all. Named the “Best Summer Outdoor Activity” by Washingtonian Magazine, this quarter mile stretch below the well-photographed Burnside Bridge offers you beautiful scenery and a glimpse into the local history. Lay back and take it all in as you float through sections of Antietam National Battlefield, a cornerstone of our nation’s history, and float along riffles and ledges that meet you on this beginner whitewater stream. The perfect way to spend a day!
Everyone Loves Antietam Creek Tubing
Antietam Creek River Tubing is perfect for families, couples, and groups looking to escape the crowded waterways of Harpers Ferry and to tube under unique circumstances like under stone-arch bridges and a canopy of trees. Kids and adults alike will love seeing mallards, blue herons, and water turtles in their natural home. Because the stream is spring-fed, the water will refresh you even when the air temperature breaks through the 90s. For those tubing in cooler weather, we provide tubes with plastic bottoms to keep you comfortable!
Many people comment that our excellent staff on this Maryland tubing adventure is what makes it so much fun! Our guides are trained in the local and natural history of the area as well as water blaster technique and joke-telling skills. They also take care of all the logistics, are there for safety, and maintain a trash-free environment in a National Park setting. Last but certainly not least, they serve you a tasty waterside picnic, allowing for a break and some fun in the sun!
Enjoy a Creek Side Picnic!
Join us on a creek side picnic and relax and mingle with friends along the banks of Antietam Creek. There’s no better place to enjoy a meal with friends while creating memories to last a lifetime!
Picnic includes fried chicken, potato salad, and fresh fruit with drink. A hummus wrap option is available for vegetarians.
Antietam Creek River Tubing
*Add 5% amusement fee + $2.50 user fee
- Creek side picnic
- Guides in canoes
- Quality tube
- Life jacket
Group 10-19: $6 off/person
Group 20-39: $7 off/person
Group 40+: $8 off/person
*Groups may inquire about a bring your own lunch option
7 yrs & 50 lbs
4-5 hours depending on water levels and routing
Mid-June to Mid-September
10:45 am – Almost every day
Antietam Creek & Potomac Tubing Driving Directions
Directions & Dress
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 June-September Labor Day, 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 DC directions from 70.
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.
DIRECTIONS TO RIVER AND TRAIL OUTFITTERS
For Tubers with trips on MONDAY – FRIDAY(except for Labor Day & July 4th) June-Sept 30th and all tubers on weekend trips after Labor Day weekend in September
We need your help!
Please carpool whenever possible. Space is limited and it saves the earth’s resources.
Address: 604 Valley Road Knoxville, MD 21758
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. 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 PolyPro — 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 minimum ages for each of our trips. Age limits may 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 Coast Guard certified life 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!