OUTDOOR FAMILY FUN IS CLOSER THAN YOU THINK!
Come share a scenic, heart pounding, family adventure on the rivers and
trails of Harpers Ferry! The Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers, C&O Canal
National Park, and Harpers Ferry National Park provide an ideal setting for
your next outdoor excursion. River Riders has the expertise, guides, and
equipment to meet all your outdoor adventure needs, and we're only an hour
from Washington, DC and Baltimore.
Enjoy the beauty and scenery of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers with the
area's only full service outfitter. Only one hour from the DC and Baltimore Metro
Regions, River Riders delivers the finest white water rafting, tubing, kayaking,
canoeing, mountain biking, and fishing adventures on the beautiful Shenandoah and
Potomac Rivers (class I-III) in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia where Maryland, Virginia
and West Virginia come together.
The guides make the difference. Our guides are trained to provide you with the
safest and most enjoyable trip possible. They pride themselves on your positive
experience. The guides at River Riders are certified by the State Division of
Natural Resources. Our staff leaders are seasoned veterans with experience on
many rivers in North, Central, and South America. Some of them have first descents
on world class rivers to their credit. The knowledge, experience and skill of these
guides harmonize to provide an enjoyable trip.
River Riders is a member of many paddling and conservation organizations, and is
licensed by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources as a white water outfitter
providing rafting (Classes I-III), tubing, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, and biking
trips in the Harpers Ferry area. We also guide rafting trips on other world famous
whitewater runs, such as on the North Branch of the Potomac, Upper Yough, New, and
Gauley Rivers throughout the state of West Virginia. Using our expertise and the
best adventure equipment available, we run all trips in a professional, personable
manner. WE PRIDE OURSELVES ON SUPERIOR GUEST SERVICE. Let River Riders arrange your
next outdoor adventure! Click here to download our full brochure.
River Rafters is located 1 mile west of downtown Harpers Ferry off Rt. 340. Advance
reservations are necessary; please call us for rates and available dates. Check here
for our 2010 specials. Many weekend trips book full, so make your reservation early.
If space is available, reservations can be held on a credit card with less than 7 days
notice. Any of the activities can be combined to provide a multi-day trip. We specialize
in groups large and small--Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, church and school groups, and corporate
outings. Check our website for group discounts. We also offer summer day camps and
teambuilding sessions. Visit our website for more on these activities.
Our facilities recently underwent a million-dollar face lift. We have new bathrooms,
changing rooms and locker facilities. The Front Porch Cafe provides onsite food service
on the weekends and busy weekdays or by request for large groups. We have expanded and
modernized our retail and check-in area, and we put in a new pavilion with seating for 120,
surround sound, and TV's for viewing safety briefings.
When you book a river trip with River Riders, we will take you and your
equipment to the launching site, and be there to pick you up at the end
of your trip. We will supply you with your water craft of choice, the
shuttle to and from the river, a map, and other equipment. You provide
binoculars, maybe a fishing pole or a camera, and the river will provide
River Riders has a fleet of up to 60 passenger buses, vans up to 15 passenger,
and trucks to help with your transportation needs. We will provide transportation
all around the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia including Martinsburg, Charles
Town, Shepherdstown, and Harpers Ferry as well as transportation for shuttles
along the Appalachian Trail, C and O Canal, and Great Allegheny Passage.
Transportation is also available for groups looking to get back and forth from
Washington, DC, Baltimore, MD, Northern Virginia and all points around to River
Riders. Call us to get a quote for your group.
Gear and Equipment
Whether outfitting for a day or an expedition, let the Kayak Shack's experienced
staff assist you. The Kayak Shack, Rivers Riders' pro shop, can outfit your every
river need. We have an extensive collection of river gear and items for your trip.
We specialize in river equipment, and have knowledgeable, experienced staff to assist
you. We sell helmets, life jackets, paddles, footwear, and clothing, as well as guidebooks,
maps and instructional and entertainment videos. We also sell new and used canoes,
kayaks, rafts and tubes. We have a large selection of memorabilia to suit any style
Rafting - We offer a full-spectrum of rafting trips that range from self-guided
whitewater rafting to guide-assisted or fully guided trips. Trips last for 2-8 hours,
and can be extended into multi-day trips. Rafts, paddles, life jackets, beverage and
shuttle to and from the river are provided. Some trips include lunch. Rafts accommodate
as many as seven people. No previous rafting experience required. However, participants
should have no fear of water activities, and you will get wet. Reservations are required.
Please check out our website for the
rafting trips menu.
Canoeing - Whether you enjoy floating down the river on a calm section
of flat-water or something a little more exciting like Class I-III whitewater, we have the
trip for you. Trip lengths vary from 1.5-5 hours on the river. Bring your binoculars and
cameras for watching birds and other nature at river's edge, or throw in a fishing pole for
some small-mouth bass. Canoeing is great for family and small group activities. You never know what
interesting things you will see as you go downstream with the current! We will supply you
with your canoe, the shuttle to and from the river, a map, and other equipment. The guiding is
up to you! Guides for canoe trips are available by special request only. We even offer a twilight
canoe trip for groups of 10 or more, where you can drift along while taking in the beauty of
the sunset over the river. Check our website for the
canoe trips menu.
Kayaking - Come share a scenic, heart pounding, family adventure on the Shenandoah
and Potomac Rivers near Harpers Ferry, WV! We invite you to explore the ancient Shenandoah
and Potomac Rivers in one of our many recreational, touring, or sit-on-top kayaks. Unguided
trips in these lightweight, quiet crafts are ideal for discovering the abundant wildlife,
plants and geology in these amazing riverine ecosystems. The Harpers Ferry area also offers
a perfect playground for aspiring thrill seekers when they paddle our single-person or two
person inflatable kayaks (duckies). Are you ready to test your skills, your strength, and
your courage? Our guide(s) will help you quickly master your craft before leading the way
through the rapids of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers. We also offer classes for beginners
to advanced, with low student/teacher ratios taught by American Canoe Association-certified
kayakers. Our unguided twilight kayak trips are perfect for that short river outing, where
you can experience the beauty of the sunset on the river. (Guides are available for this trip
for extra fee). Visit our website to see our
kayak trips menu and our packages.
Tubing - Whether you want flat water or white water tubing,
we have just the trip you're looking for, from unguided 1.5-2 hour trips on
flat water or white water to longer guided trips in the rapids. Our full day
trip combines flat water trip in the morning on the Shenandoah with a white
water trip on the Potomac in the afternoon. Bring a lunch or, on the weekends
and busy weekdays, stop at the Front Porch Cafe for lunch. Click here for the
tubing trips menu.
Check out the many benefits of our
2010 Season GOLD PASS! Valid for unlimited
whitewater or flat water tube rentals, it pays for itself in just two visits, and
includes discounts on trips for friends and relatives and on purchases and other
trips at River Riders. Season Pass Holder Day is September 5, 2010. Each pass
holder can bring a friend for free to go on a 12:15 PM tubing trip, followed by a
complimentary cookout afterwards.
LOCATION: 408 Alstadts Hill Rd, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
PHONE: 800-326-7238 or 304-535-2663