Frequently Asked Questions

Where are we located?

River Riders is only 1 ½ hours drive time from downtown Baltimore, MD or Washington DC. Located in Harpers Ferry, WV on the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers. We offer rafting, tubing, kayaking, biking, canoeing, an aerial adventure park, and zip line canopy tour, All closer than you think.

All trips go out rain or shine. We reserve the right to relocate or change raft size, number of customers per raft, and length of trips due to abnormal river flow and conditions. 

*Age and weight requirements can vary for water activities, depending on water levels. Please call for details.


  • Guided White Water Rafting: around 6 years and 50 lbs (we do have an alternate route for families with kids weighing between 30-49 pounds, call for details)
  • Guided White Water Kayaking: around 12 years old and maximum of 250 pounds
  • Unguided White Water Tubing: 5 feet tall and 10-12 years of age, in good physical condition, and great swimmers
  • Unguided Flat Water Tubing: 30 pounds and about 4 years of age
  • Canoeing: 30 pounds and about 4 years of age
  • Kayaking and Stand Up Paddle Boarding: 30 pounds and about 10 years of age
  • Zipline Canopy Tour: about 5 years old and between 40-250 pounds
  • Aerial Adventure Park: 7 years old for most park elements and between 40-265 pounds
    • Kids Course including the Chicken Little Zipline: 4-6 years old and 40-60 pounds 
  • Mega Zipline: 60-250 pounds

Please be advised that we do not recommend sending individuals out on any of our unguided water trips alone. We request there be a minimum of two guests per group for these trips. Age & weight requirements for water activities may change due to water levels. Please call if you are not sure.

River Riders is pet/support animal friendly and welcomes guests to bring well behaved dogs with them on the Potomac Play Pass activity. Guests must drive themselves to the launch point with their pet which is only 2 miles from the main office check-in location. We always recommend that pet owners bring a PFD “life jacket” for their pets. River Riders also has a kennel rental option for those wanting to board their pet during their trip.

River Riders has 5 vacation rental homes on site that are booked through Airbnb. We also have a riverfront campground with 8 cabins and a variety of RV and tent sites.

River Riders has 3 onsite food options available seasonally. We have a full service bar and restaurant called the Alstadts Ale House, Quick Service Two River Tacos, and the Harpers Ferry Ice Cream Shop. If you have a group, the River Riders Chef can provide full service catering and event facilities. Guests can also bring their own food to take on their trip or eat onsite afterwards. We do not allow outside catering without prior written agreement or approval.

Be on time. We cannot wait for late arrivals. Plan to check in 1 hour before your trip’s departure time so you will have time to get your gear and take care of last minute personal chores. We reserve the right to cancel without a refund in the event you arrive after your confirmed trip time.

Leave your rings, jewelry and valuables at home. We suggest you not take expensive cameras or phones on the river.

The Aerial Adventure Park is Great For Guests Who:

  • Are independent adventurers 
  • Seek a self-guided experience
  • Want to move at their own speed
  • Want to be physically challenged and accomplished
  • Want to be Monitored by trained and certified staff
  • Enjoy Varying degrees of difficulty

Highlights of the Aerial Adventure Park:

  • Over 108 unique elements (9 courses)
  • Great for team-building and growing self-confidence
  • 2-4 hour experience


The Canopy Tour is Great For Guests who:

  • Want a more personalized experience
  • Like an adrenaline rush
  • Want to take in the scenery and ecology
  • Want a guided experience with trained and certified staff
  • Are ready to actively participate in adventure

Highlights of the Zipline Canopy Tour:

  • 8 ziplines and 2 sky bridges
  • Zipline that flies over the Potomac River
  • 2-3 hour experience