What You'll Get
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 $29, you get a Shenandoah River trip with tubing and either kayaking or canoeing (a $58 value, including tax and fees) from River & Trail Outfitters, based in Knoxville, Maryland, about a 10-minute drive from Harpers Ferry.
River & Trail's tubing, kayaking, and canoeing adventures serve water riders with equal helpings of excitement and relaxation. On the day of the Shenandoah River trip, a biofuel-powered shuttle will transport you from your conventional vehicle 1.5 miles upriver to the expedition's launching pad. Each two- to five-hour journey commences with a scenic float in a tube, followed by a picturesque cruise in either a kayak or canoe through the area's lush jungles and placid, piranha-free waters. As voyagers drift down the Potomac River tributary, their earthly concerns about failing dirt mines and sand shares will be erased by retina-soothing views of the Shenandoah Valley.
River & Trail strives to promote eco-friendly and responsible adventuring by offering trash-free meal options, supporting outdoor programs, and sponsoring cleanup of Antietam Creek. The outfitting company, which has been in business more than 38 years, is located 3 miles from Harpers Ferry National Park, which contains an attractively restored Civil War town, a network of hiking trails, and at least one mosquito that'll never bother you. All necessary safety equipment is provided.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Sep 30, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Must be 5 or older. Must provide own life jacket if under 50 lbs. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About 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.