The Potomac River near Shepherdstown, WV meanders between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the C&O Canal National Historic Park on the Maryland shore. It is ideal for canoeing and kayaking. This ambling stretch of river features a few easy to navigate riffles and ledges and delightful scenery.
Join River & Trail Outfitters and the Friends of NCTC on these fun, relaxing, interpreted float trips which reveal the inter-relationship of human and natural history in the watershed. Paddlers and birders can observe a diversity of wildlife along the river including turtles, fish, herons, waterfowl, and resident bald eagles.
The biologist-led tour will help you to identify local flora and fauna by the river. Protection and restoration of our local watershed will be discussed as you learn more about the human impacts to this riverine environment.
$44.95 including taxes and fees (w/~$5 per paddler to be donated to the Friends of the NCTC) Includes: Interpreter(s) and certified guide(s), kayaks, life-vest, paddle, helmet (not required but available if requested at the time of reservation), and shuttle service to and from the NCTC.
$40.57 including taxes and fees. (Kids paddling their own boat 10-14 and seniors (=/>62.5 yrs)receive a 10% discount).
$25 including taxes and fees for participants for paddlers bringing their own boat (w/~$5 to be donated to the Friends of the NCTC.
Kids under 14 riding in their parent's tandem boats, paddle free of charge.
May-August, 6pm-8:30 or 9 pm, Shuttle departs @ 6:00 from NCTC in front of the Commons. Check in @ 5:40 pm. Trip length & time will vary according to river conditions and excursion option chosen (based on river levels and group size).
Minimum weight is 50lbs for children accompanying responsible parent in a tandem boat
A minimum of 10 paddlers are required for the interpreted trip to take place, so encourage your friends to participate.
Register online anytime through Monday before the trip. After that, call 301-695-5177 and ask for Alex or Rocky (specify whether you're signing up for the Friends of NCTC Paddle or a separate, special NCTC event). Try to register early to avoid glitches!
River & Trail Outfitters has been providing outdoor adventures for over 40 years. We have a variety of trips to offer to individuals or groups on both weekdays and weekends. Contact us to plan a special group trip or browse our wide array of trip offerings on-line River & Trail Outfitters. Either way, be sure to let us know that you heard about us from the Friends of NCTC website!
2. A waiver of liability will be required from each participant. Participants under 18 will need a signed parent/guardian permission form. Bring this form with you on the day of the trip, please do not send ahead.
3. A minimum of 10 participants is needed to run the Wednesday Evening Interpretive Paddle. River & Trail will notify paddlers of no-go decisions by 10 am Wednesday morning. Trips run rain or shine.
Please call 301-695-5177 or 888.i.go.play and ask for Alex or Rocky if you have any questions regarding this trip. A minimum of 10 participants is required.