Between the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers, whitewater rafting doesn’t get much better.
By Michele Kettner
There’s no better way to enjoy summer than out on the water. And now is the perfect time to book your next water adventure. Whether you want to try out a new sport or you love an adventure, these whitewater rafting experiences will give you lasting summer memories.
If you’re looking for a quick ride on the rapids, the experts in Front Royal have you covered. With trip options taking less than four hours, riders can enjoy Class I and II rapids while taking in the stunning scenery around the Front Royal Gauge. 8567 Stonewall Jackson Hwy., Front Royal
In this region, we know the best rapids are in Harpers Ferry. Between the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers, rafters will experience varying levels of thrill with Class I to III rapids changing throughout the course. After a day on the water, adventurers will also want to try their hand at whitewater rafting and kayaking. 37410 Adventure Center Ln., Purcellville
Whether you are new to rafting or a seasoned vet, you’ll feel an extra sense of confidence when riding down the Mather Gorge on this professionally guided trip. The three-hour ride takes adrenaline junkies down Class II and III sections just south of the Great Falls. As you learn the basic skills of rafting, your experienced guide will also provide nature and historical facts on the surrounding environment. Potomac, Maryland
Rated the number one outdoor activity in Harpers Ferry by Trip Advisor for the last decade, it is all but guaranteed that you’ll enjoy the ride of a lifetime. Take a few hours out of your day for a 5- to 7-mile excursion on the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers. Plus, summer rides provide a milder rafting experience, which is perfect for newcomers and family trips. 408 Alstadts Hill Rd., Harpers Ferry
With four outposts between Maryland and West Virginia, you can easily find the perfect river experience. Whether you want to take on the bustling rapids of Harpers Ferry or get an adrenaline pump on the winding country river, the experienced guides will make sure you get the most out of your ride. Multiple locations in Maryland and West Virginia
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