Thursday, June 16th: "The needles" Paddle trip on the potomac

in Harpers Ferry, WV

Trip Description:

Just above Harpers Ferry is a unique section of river called “The Needles” that is a favorite for whitewater paddlers and anglers alike.  About a dozen paddlers joined the Potomac Riverkeeper and Upper Potomac Riverkeeper to enjoy the beauty of the Blue Ridge. We paddled waves and whitewater through a series of rapids in The Needles. We took in the history and scenery of the Potomac River as we floated past Harpers Ferry National Historic Park and the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal down to the confluence, where the Shenandoah River joins the mighty Potomac between the soaring cliffs of Maryland and Loudon Heights! We had a great ride through the snarl of the Mad Dog and the wild White Horse rapid. It was a beautiful and exciting trip for everyone! (Class I-III Rapids)

Paddle Distance: 9 miles/4.5 hrs

Paddle Level: Skilled

Arrival Location:  Harpers Ferry Campground, 1816 Potomac St, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425

Arrival Time: 11:00 am

Boat Options and Costs:  

  • Duckie: $50 per Duckie (kayak) for one person ($111 value)
  • BYOB (Bring Your Own Boat): $35 per boat for the shuttle. WHITE WATER KAYAKS ONLY ($96 value)
  • The following "awesomeness" is included with each registration: rental Duckie (kayak) (or BYOB), personal flotation device for the day, trash bag, paddle insurance, interpretive guides, Paddle Potomac! Paddle Shenandoah! commemorative t-shirt, and a one-year Potomac Riverkeeper Network membership to support the Potomac Riverkeeper.

Additional Activity: Camping/Zip Lines/Fishing: Harpers Ferry Adventure Center
37410 Adventure Center Lane, Purcellville, VA 20132 (540) 668-9007

Can People Bring Their Own Boats: Yes. WHITE WATER KAYAKS ONLY $35 registration & shuttle fee.