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Whitewater Tubing Harpers Ferry

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Combine tubing with any other half day adventure and receive a discount!

Want some rapid excitement, potentially high adventure, with the ability to "go it alone"? White water tubing may be the trip option for you! White water tubing is our most adventurous activity! Our Harpers Ferry whitewater tubing trip on the Potomac River was Voted one of the top 5 tubing trips in America in USA Today's Top 10 Poll and the closest whitewater tubing trip to Washington, DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia.

Tubing white water Harpers Ferry

While our whitewater tubing trips are an awesome experience for most, it is not for everyone. A flat water Shenandoah tubing trip may be a better option for those looking for a relaxing float trip. Consider the Full Day option as well.

River Riders is THE Original Harpers Ferry tubing company, with over 3 decades of experience and is consistently ranked as the #1 Outdoor Activity in Harpers Ferry on Trip Advisor for the last 10 years. On a sizzling summer day, there’s nothing as refreshing as floating down the river in a tube. No other area outfitter can compare to the experience, quality, comfort, and value of tubing with River Riders! River Riders has our very own PUT IN for our white water tubing trips, making our trip the longest white water tubing trip in the area!

Book Online to receive up to a $3.00 Discount!

harpers ferry white water tubing

The White Water trip passes by the historic town of Harpers Ferry, where Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia come together. Enjoy the beauty of the Harpers Ferry water gap and rock formations of Maryland and Loudon Heights from a tube! The exciting class I-III white water section on the Potomac River (depending on water levels) lasts 1-3 hours (about 2 hours on average).

Please keep in mind, white water tubing is a nature activity, this is not a water park. Water levels and water environment can fluctuate. Your trip will involve paddling in and around obstacles, through shallow areas, flat water and white water rapids. This trip can be a challenging activity, therefore it is recommended only for those who are at least 10-12 years old, 5 feet tall and those who are in good physical condition looking for an adventurous experience.

Tubing on the Potomac River


All tubing guests should be in reasonably good health and physically active. Those exceeding their ideal weight range by more than 35 lbs. may find this trip unsuitable. Be aware that this trip is "on your own", therefore there will be no staff members present while you're on the river.

Harpers Ferry Tubing FAQ's

Guided: No, this trip is self guided.

Class: Class I - III

Duration: 2-3.5 hours on the river

We are unable to send single tubing guests on the river. There must be at least 2 people per reservation.

What is the difference between the types of tube available?

River Riders only offer the best quality vinyl (PVC) tubes designed for river use.  We have several different models to suit guests' needs.

The Standard Tube  is made out of a heavy gauge vinyl fabric specifically made for river use. It is a heavier fabric than a vinyl "swimming pool" tube and therefore stands up to more use. It is more comfortable and durable than a basic black rubber tube and has handles.

The Deluxe vinyl tube is also made out of a heavy gauge vinyl fabric specifically made for river use.  It is more comfortable and durable than the basic tube. It too has handles but also a seat bottom, cup holder, and back rest. The Deluxe tube is $5 more to rent than the standard vinyl tube.

The Tube Tracker is made out of a heavy gauge vinyl fabric specifically made for river use. It is more comfortable than the standard tube and comes with a light duty paddle. It too has handles but also a seat bottom, cup holder, and back rest. The Tube Tracker is $5 more to rent than the deluxe vinyl tube.

 Don't forget to add-on your floating cooler (a tube that holds everything in the center of the tube) or your cooler tube (you bring your cooler that you sit on top of the tube) onto your reservation!

Floating Cooler - Buy for $24.99

Cooler Tube Rental - $19 per tube

Group rates are available for those who make a reservation together and prepay in one transaction.