About us

Only one hour from the DC and Baltimore Metro Regions, River Riders Inc. offers numerous outdoor activities on the beautiful Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia where Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia come together. Using our expertise and the best adventure equipment available, we run all trips in a professional, personable manner. WE PRIDE OURSELVES ON SUPERIOR GUEST SERVICE. Let River Riders arrange your next outdoor adventure.


Our History

River Riders is a Licensed Professional White Water Guide Service. Originally started in the early 70’s by Frank Hubbard of Annandale, VA, as Shenandoah River Rafters, River Riders has seen many progressions over the years. Originally we met people at the river, and guests ran their own shuttles.

We purchased our original piece of property, which was a converted gas station, in 1987. In 1995, we demolished the original building and built the first stage of our current office. In 2003, we purchased 3 additional acres for expansion and began building the current facility you see today. We would like to thank all of our long-time and new guests for 30-plus years of growth by putting profits back into the business.

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about the TEAM

Meet our dedicated River Riders staff, a dynamic team comprising office staff, adventure park monitors, zipline guides, whitewater rafting guides, cooks, servers, photographers, support staff, and more. Our guides are the heart of our operation and set us apart from the competition. We believe in continuous training to ensure top-notch customer service skills, deep knowledge of river ecology, wildlife, flora, and fauna. Our experienced staff leaders have conquered world-class Whitewater Runs across North, Central, and South America, equipping them with seasoned skills and know-how to make your trip the most enjoyable possible.

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Lodging in the Area

With a variety of options for lodging in Harpers Ferry, WV, you’ll need to look no further than River Riders Family Adventure Resort. Check out our Harpers Ferry Campground for options ranging from primitive tent sites, electrical RV sites to cozy cabins in Harpers Ferry. Just an hour away from Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD, you can also enjoy choosing from one of five beautiful, historical vacation rental homes.

However you like your vacation, River Riders will serve it up!

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Licensing and Affiliations

River Riders is licensed by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. We’re also active members of many paddling associations: America Outdoors, West Virginia Professional River Outfitters, and the Professional Paddlesports Associationl, as well as conservation organizations such as American Rivers, American Whitewater Affiliation, American Canoe Association, West Virginia Rivers Coalition, and Friends of the Shenandoah River.

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GATHERING OF MOUNTAIN EAGLES provides opportunities for wounded or injured American military service members and selected family members, to enjoy the therapeutic effects of adventure activities and relaxation opportunities primarily within the states of West Virginia and Virginia.