White Water Rafting Trip in West Virginia

White Water Rafting Near Washington D.C. Photo courtesy of rivertrail.comThe Baltimore area is within a short drive to many great cultural, historical and natural destinations. One such journey is visiting or taking a drive through the Shenandoah Valley.  Another type of outdoor adventure is taking a rafting trip on the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers. The course starts just one hour from Baltimore and is a perfect 1 day excursion for the entire family!  

White Water Rafting in Maryland

The white water rafting tours near Baltimore vary in length depending on the difficulty and the type of rafting trip that you want to take. The average trip is a six and half mile course traveling through Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia. The excursions travel through the Blue Ridge Mountains on a set river course that goes from easy floating to challenging rapids.

Harpers Ferry, in the mountains of West Virginia, is the starting point for the rafting tours. The historic city is a meeting point of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers causing gentle to difficult rapids to form depending on the time of the year and the water flow. The white water rafting in West Virginia tours offer basic (Grade 1) to mid-level (Grade 3) white water with some easy floating up to the challenging rapids of “Bull Falls” and “White Horse”.

What is a White Water River?

A white water river or stream occurs when a river’s gradient increases enough to create turbulence causing air to be entrained into the water body resulting in a bubbly and an unstable current.  The term also describes a river that has a significant number of rapids. Rapids can be formed by four factors: gradient, constriction, obstruction and flow rate. All of the factors can affect the flow of the stream or river causing rapids to form. There are 6 grades to white water rafting: Grade 1 is basic skill level and could require slight maneuvering around obstacles up to the very dangerous Grade 6 rapids with huge waves, rocks, hazards and drops which can cause injury.

Rafting on rivers that have white water sections has become a popular outdoor activity from single person kayaking to rafting with multiple people (and a guide). The white water rafting tours near Washington D.C. have become a popular destination point for families seeking fun outdoor adventures.

Outdoor Excursions Near D.C.

There are many outdoor excursion companies near Washington D.C.  that lead rafting tours on the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers: including River & Trail Outfitters, River Riders, and Potomac Paddlesports. Many of these companies also offer other activities such as tubing, stand-up paddle boarding, canopy tours and zip-lining. Visitors can spend hours tubing or kayaking down the Shenandoah, Potomac or Antietam Rivers with stops for lunch provided with some of the packages. These excursions will take you through parts of Harpers Ferry National Park and C & O Canal National Park.

ezStorage has created the “1 Day Trips from Baltimore Guide” sharing just a few of the great destinations that are only a few hours (or less) trip from Baltimore.  Don’t just take our word for it, get out there and enjoy the fun outdoor activities and exhilaration of traveling down a white water river!