White Water Tubing on the Potomac River

Our most thrilling activity! If you are seeking an experience filled with excitement, adventure, and the option to do it alone, our white water tubing trip may be the perfect option for you! 


  • Our most adventurous activity
  • This activity is recommended for individuals in good physical condition who are seeking a challenge.
  • The closest white water tubing trip to Washington DC.
  • Transportation, tube, and PFD (personal flotation device) are all provided.
  • Experience the unique opportunity to travel through three states and two rivers simultaneously.
  • The trip was voted one of the top 5 tubing trips in America in USA Today’s Top 10 Poll.


  • River: Potomac
  • Location: Harpers Ferry, WV
  • Class: I-III
  • Dates: May – September!
  • Duration: 2-3.5 hours
  • Age: 10+ years old
  • Height: 5+ feet tall
  • We are unable to send single tubing guests on the river. A minimum of two people is required for each reservation.
Spend a Full Day with us

BUy an Adventure Day Pass

The River Riders Adventure Pass gives you access to a full day of activities! You get your choice of one guided activity and one self-guided activity.

  • Choose your guided activity from rafting, river tubing, or ziplining first.
  • Purchase your ticket based upon your guided activity choice (and whether you want a weekday or weekend ticket).
  • In the afternoon participate in up to 2 hours on The Adventure Park or The Potomac Play Pass.
  • Now that’s a day of adventure the whole family can enjoy!


Our white water tubing trip includes a journey through the historic town of Harpers Ferry. Participants will have the opportunity to appreciate the natural beauty of the Harpers Ferry water gap and the rock formations of Maryland and Loudon Heights while floating on a tube. The white water section on the Potomac River ranges from class I to III, depending on the water levels, and typically lasts 1-3 hours, with an average duration of about 2 hours.

White water tubing is a nature activity, not a water park. Water levels and the environment can change. You will paddle through obstacles like rocks, shallow areas, flat water, and rapids. This trip is challenging and recommended for those at least 10-12 years old, 5 feet tall, and in good physical condition seeking adventure.

Our white water tubing trips are generally enjoyable, but they may not suit everyone. For those seeking a more tranquil experience, a flat water Shenandoah River tubing trip may be a better choice. Additionally, please consider the full-day tubing option.

River Riders is an experienced tubing company in Harpers Ferry. We have been ranked as the top outdoor activity on Trip Advisor for the past 10 years. Tubing down the river on a hot summer day is incredibly refreshing. River Riders stands out from other outfitters in terms of experience, quality, comfort, and value. We have private put-in for white water tubing trips, making our trip the longest in the area.

AdditionaL Info

What is the difference between the types of tubes available?

River Riders offers high-quality vinyl (PVC) tubes specifically designed for river use. We offer a variety of models to accommodate our guests’ needs.

The Standard Tube is made of a heavy gauge vinyl fabric designed for river use. It is more durable and comfortable compared to a basic black rubber tube, and it also has handles.

The Deluxe vinyl tube is designed for river use and is made from a heavy gauge vinyl fabric. It is both comfortable and durable compared to the basic tube. The Deluxe tube includes handles, a seat bottom, a cup holder, and a backrest. It costs $5 more to rent than the standard vinyl tube.

The Tube Tracker is made of heavy gauge vinyl fabric. It is designed for river use and offers more comfort compared to the standard tube. It comes with a light-duty paddle, handles, seat bottom, cup holder, and backrest. Renting the Tube Tracker is $5 more expensive than renting the deluxe vinyl tube.

Don’t forget to add your floating cooler or your cooler tube to your reservation!

You can buy the Floating Cooler for $24.99.

The price for renting a cooler tube is $19 per tube.

Season Pass Details

We have a Tubing Season Pass available. The season pass is valid from Memorial Day through Labor Day, Thursdays-Sundays, 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM.

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