Shenandoah River Tubing Trip
- Dates: May 26-Sep 24
- Duration: 1-2 hours
- Price: $23-$33
- Includes: Tube, Life Vest, Shuttle
- Location: Near Harpers Ferry, WV
Mellow River Tubing on the Shenandoah – Kick Back and Enjoy!
Voted one of the TOP 10 TUBING RIVERS IN THE NATION by USA Today’s Reader’s Choice
The Shenandoah tubing trip was developed as an inexpensive, on your own “kick back and enjoy” tubing trip. You park your car where the trip ends, and we’ll shuttle you 1 ½ miles upriver where you will splash and play through some small rapids before beginning your leisurely float down the river. Dropping over shallow ledges along the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, you are sure to enjoy this mellow and beautiful stretch of river.
Shenandoah River Tubing Info
With Advance Reservations
- Weekdays: $25/adult | $23/youth 12 & under
- Weekends & Holidays: $29/adult | $27/youth 12 & under
*Add 6% sales tax + $2.50 user fee/person
- Weekdays: $28.77/person
- Weekends & Holidays: $32.55/person
*Add 6% sales tax + $2.50 user fee/person
*Group rates do not apply
- Backrest Tube: $5 upgrade
- Double Tube: $10 upgrade
- TubeTracker: $10 upgrade
- Extra tube for cooler: $10 upgrade
- Add kayaking/canoeing: $10 upgrade
Backrest Tube Double Tube TubeTracker
- Group 10-19: $2 off/person
- Group 20-39: $3 off/person
- Group 40+: $4 off/person
*Groups must pay collectively to be eligible for group discounts.
*Guide for groups may be added to trip for $80
May 26 – Sep 24
- Weekdays: 10:30am – 3pm (Shuttles leave approximately every 30 minutes)
- Weekends & Holidays: 10am – 4pm (Shuttles leave approximately every 20 minutes)
- Quality standard tube with or w/o a seat bottom
- Life vest
Required Minimum Age: 4 years old (must be able to swim)
Weight Requirements: If under 50 lbs. must supply own coastguard certified PFD w/ crotch strap
Duration: 1-2 hours
Save the bottled fun for after the run!
Please no alcoholic beverages on our tube trips, we want well hydrated souls floating down our rivers.
What to bring
- dry change of clothes
- suntan lotion
- glasses strap
- water bottle
- NO flip flops. Closed toed shoes.
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 To River and Trail Outfitters in Knoxville, Maryland
The directions below are to our main check-in location in Knoxville, MD.
If you’re coming from the South (through Harpers Ferry), please call us ahead of time to get directions directly to the tubing site
We need your help!
Please carpool whenever possible. Space is limited and it saves the earth’s resources.
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.
GROUPS ARRIVING IN BUSES:
When you arrive at River & Trail, continue 1/2 mile past it to the top of the hill to find turn arounds in the developments on the right. DO NOT TURN AROUND IN ANY OF THE SMALL DRIVEWAYS BEFORE THIS. This many cause an accident or a ditched bus!
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.
Minors 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. Save the bottled fun for after the run.
- 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. Shenandoah tubing 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.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.
- What are the age limits?
At River and Trail, we have required ages for each of our trips. Age limits vary 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 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 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.
- Do we need any paperwork?
The tube trip is 1-2 hours long depending on water levels. If you’re short on time, it’s the perfect length…if you’re looking for a little more adventure to make that drive from DC, Northern Virginia, or Maryland worthwhile, we’ve got more!
Add Park & Paddle for only $10!
Try out over 10 types of kayaks/canoes
Paddle, fish, & float for up to 3 hrs.
$39 + tax / fees weekends, $35 + tax/ fees weekdays
$2 off for kids 12 & under
Discount will be applied at checkout after both items have been added to your cart.
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!