Modern voyagers have it much easier than the swashbuckling pioneers of yore, who often left home with nothing more than a gunny sack full of dreams, a tin of powdered whiskey, and a coal-powered harpoon gun. Embark on a contemporary adventure with today's Groupon: for $50, you get a biking and rafting trip (up to a $90.80 value including tax and fees) with River & Trail Outfitters, based in Knoxville, MD, about a ten-minute drive from Harpers Ferry. The season for rafting generally runs April through October, and this Groupon is good for trailblazers 12 years or older.
River & Trail's rafting and cycling adventure serves terrestrial thrill seekers and aquatic adrenaline addicts equal helpings of excitement and relaxation. Pedaling pioneers commence their journey with a picturesque cruise along the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal to Harpers Ferry, protected by the provided helmet and spirit-bicycling spirit animal. Trained guides then escort groups of four to six voyagers on an elating half-day rafting excursion, where earthly concerns about failing dirt mines and sand shares are erased in sprays of cool water. After a riverside picnic, which is provided on all weekend trips, rafters are whisked back to their conventional vehicles on a free biofuel-powered shuttle. River & Trail Outfitters provides explorers with all necessary safety equipment.
River & Trail strives to promote eco-friendly and responsible adventuring by offering trash-free meal options, supporting outdoor programs, and sponsoring the Antietam Creek cleanup. The outfitting company, which has been in business more than 38 years, is located three miles from Harpers Ferry National Park, which contains an attractively restored Civil War town, a wide range of hiking trails, and at least one mosquito that'll never bother you.
River & Trail Outfitters was mentioned by the Washington Post, and UrbanDaddy reviewed the business. Twenty TripAdvisors give the business an average of 4.5 owl eyes, and three Yelpers give it a 4.5-star average. More than 650 Facebookers like it.
- The guides were knowledgeable and strived to make the trip as entertaining as possible. This trip is great even for younger children, while still providing exciting rafting thrills. – Frankie1885, TripAdvisor
- It sounds corny, but this experience reminded me that life is for living. – Johnny T., 9/15/10, Yelp
River & Trail Outfitters
River & Trail Outfitters owners Lee and Eunsook Baihly have been acquainting customers with the area's natural beauty since 1972. Their outdoor-exploration company's more than 70 friendly staffers accompany customers on relaxed, informative rafting, kayaking, canoeing, biking, and tubing excursions. In addition to having mastered river- and boat-safety skills, staff members are experienced in first aid, CPR, and the correct way to ask dolphins for directions. River & Trail Outfitters also accommodates businesses, organizing team-building events and rock wall rentals or hiking trips. The Baihlys' environmental commitment extends to an in-house recycling program and river clean-ups.