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.
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.
604 Valley Rd.
Knoxville, Maryland 21758