Canoeing on the Potomac River

Travel the river like Lewis and Clark and experience nature as it existed when the frontier was being discovered.

Paddling a canoe offers a more intimate excursion on the water and allows you to travel at your own pace. There’s plenty to see and explore as you meander down the Potomac River alongside the historic C&O Canal towpath, so bring your binoculars, and maybe your fishing pole! Enjoy Potomac River canoeing with Harpers Ferry Adventure Center. Paddlers often see osprey, great blue herons, turtles, and you might even catch a glimpse of our nation’s great bird, the bald eagle. Discover the ecology of the many small islands in the Potomac with the Blue Ridge Mountains as your backdrop. Enjoy the peace only a fishing pole can provide as you attempt to reel in a small mouth bass on a quiet, calm stretch of water.

Canoeing Rates (Per Boat)

Half day $55
Additional Fees: 6% Sales Tax, $2 Service Fee per person, DNR Fee $2 and Riverkeepers Cleanup Fee $1.

Canoeing Trips

  • Half Day
  • Full Day
  • Canoe Shuttle
  • – Half Day
    – Full Day

Our canoeing trips are for groups of 10-20 people.

Call for availability and to book

(540) 668-9007

Trip Times

Half Day: 6 miles (3-4 hours)
11:00 am Monday – Friday only from Memorial Day – Labor Day.
Saturday and Sunday rentals not available
Availability depends on current water levels.

Trip Details
Trip includes all necessary equipment, including PFD (Personal Flotation Device), paddle, canoe, a map, and a small waterproof bag (for the map). We offer 16 foot Olde Towne canoes which comfortably seat 2 average-sized adults or one adult and 2 small children.

Safety Requirements
PRIOR CANOE EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED. All persons canoeing must be age 5 or older and weigh at least 50 lbs. Any person participating in an activity with Harpers Ferry Adventure Center must complete a Liability Waiver. ALL PARTICIPANTS UNDER THE AGE OF 18 MUST HAVE A LIABILITY WAIVER COMPLETED BY PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN.

Check out our FAQ page for Cancellation/Refund Policy

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