Best Rafting And Tubing Near Baltimore

July 20, 2013 6:00 AM

Whether you are in for a thrilling high-speed adventure or looking to float leisurely downriver, tubing and rafting are great ways to have some family fun this summer. Waterways in Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia offer tubing and rafting experiences to suit any need. Historic towns and pristine nature views are waiting to be explored from these scenic waterways.

Shenandoah River
River Riders Inc.
408 Alstadts Hill Road
Harpers Ferry, W.Va. 25425
(304) 535-2663 

West Virginia is a popular destination for tubing and rafting enthusiasts. Pass through historic Harpers Ferry while navigating the cool waters of the Shenandoah. The Shenandoah River offers flat water tubing rather than the more treacherous whitewater experience. This type of tubing experience is the perfect way to relax on a hot summer day. Float leisurely down the river at your own pace and enjoy the scenic views. Sites like River & Trail and River Riders make booking your tubing adventure simple and stress free. Full-day and season pass options are available. Tours range from one hour up to seven hours and can be tailored to your specific needs. Rafting and tubing are both available.

Potomac River
River & Trail Outfitters
604 Valley Road
Knoxville, Md. 21758
(301) 695-5177

The Potomac River offers a more fast-paced adventure for thrill-seekers who are looking for a wild ride among whitewater rapids. River & Trail and River Riders also offer tours and trips of the Potomac. Self-guided tubing is available for those who wish to have the complete freedom to go where they want to go. Tubing and rafting are both available. For those who are new to tubing or wish to have someone lead the way, guided tours are also available. While young riders are allowed to partake in the gentle flat water tubing experience, whitewater rafting is available for those who are more experienced. Check the websites for specific age requirements.

Antietam Creek
River & Trail Outfitters
604 Valley Road
Knoxville, Md. 21758
(301) 695-5177

A tubing trip down Antietam Creek can be expected to last between four and five hours. Float past the historic battlesite and experience history in a whole new way. Antietam Creek tends to be less crowded than the Potomac and Shenandoah. Scenic bridges and wildlife offer a peaceful and rejuvenating trip. These waters are suitable for families with children. Self-guided and staff-led tours are available through River & Trail.

(Credit: Sara Blumberg)

(Credit: Sara Blumberg)

Gunpowder Falls State Park
Monkton Bike, Tube and Kayak
1900 Monkton Road
Monkton, Md. 21111
(443) 212-5951

If you want something a little closer to home, Gunpowder State Falls offers a slow-paced and easy ride suitable for families. Renting from Monkton is easy considering the river is within walking distance from the rental doors. It even offers free tubing for your birthday. You may want to save tubing in this location for the hottest of days considering the fact that water temperatures stay below 60 degrees. Picnic areas are available along the entrance and exit points.

Delaware River
Bucks County River Country
2 Walters Lane
Point Pleasant, Pa. 18950
(215) 297-5000

Tubing down the Delaware River is sure to offer a relaxing and scenic tour. Float along through Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Water temperatures hover at 80 degrees throughout the summer and offer a chance to stay cool, relaxed and comfortable. This trip is suitable for families. River speeds can be expected to stay around 1.5 miles per hour with depths ranging from one to five feet. Life jackets are mandatory for those under 12 years of age.

Jillian Amodio is an author, writer and public speaker.There is nothing she enjoys more than being a stay at home mom. In addition to having recently published her first novel, Jillian also writes for her local Pasadena newspaper and on

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