We’re fortunate to be located very close to both the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, and the Appalachian Trail. Each of these destinations offers great opportunities for outdoor activities.Along the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers there are several commercial river outfitting companies such as River Riders and River & Trail Outfitters. You can arrange for a leisurely inner tube float down the Shenandoah or Potomac Rivers, or do a bit of whitewater rafting. The County maintains a public access point (Moulton Park) on the Shenandoah River, and Allegheny Power also maintains two access points below and above the Shenandoah River dam.
Although there are no river outfitters on the Potomac north of Harpers Ferry, there are numerous public access points to the river, including Shepherdstown, Dargan Bend, and all along the C&O canal. You can access the 187-mile long Chesapeake and Ohio Canal (part of the National Park Service) in several locations including Weaverton, Dargan Bend, and Antietam Creek all in Maryland), or at Harpers Ferry and Shepherdstown (in West Virginia). If you’re planning on biking part or all of the C&O canal, we can arrange for pick up or drop off service (with advance arrangements).
Many folks don’t realize that the Appalachian Trail’s mid point is considered to be in Harpers Ferry (the actual location is a bit further north) and Harpers Ferry is where the AT Conference Center is located. Between the C&O Canal Towpath and the closeness of the AT, there are several options for short to long walks well away from the noise and frenzy of modern life.