River and Trail outfitters is a really wonderful company that offers tubing, rafting, kayaking, canoeing,camping, biking, team building, and specialty tours. The main office is located in Knoxville, Maryland,
and the staff there is friendly and knowledgeable. Once all of the registration is taken care of, and the
liability waiver is signed, it is just a short 10 minute drive down the road to the Millville, WV riverfront, where you can get situated with the staff. They bus you up river where you will be put on the river to float.
Depending on the type of trip that you take, you may be in the Shenandoah River, the Potomac River,
Antietam Creek, and other locations as well. While we were there, we did the Mellow Tubing trip down the Shenandoah River, which was about one hour long. They provide you with a life vest and an inner tube, and are the only tubing group that offers parking at the river take out.
The greatest thing about River and Trail is that once you’ve paid for your tubing, you can keep taking the bus back up river and getting back in, so if you wanted to take the day and keep floating down the river, they are happy to oblige. Most places are not as generous. The bus drivers are also wonderful about answering any questions that you may have on the way up to the river put in.
The great thing about the Mellow Tubing trip is that you can go as an individual or with friends. They also have an option to tie two inner tubes together, so that groups can move at the same pace. The water is also not that deep, so you can get out of your tube and wade through the water. This trip is ideal for younger children. I would say that most kids ages 5 and up would really enjoy this activity, and that it was equally enjoyable for adults.
Once we completed the Mellow Tubing trip, we also had the opportunity to try the kayaking at an
additional cost. The kayaking experience is more of a workout than the tubing, but allows you to feel as
though you are floating on the water. The kayaks that they provide are very light, so, much like a sports
car, you can really feel the handling of the boat based on your movements.
Working with the staff at River and Trail for both the tubing and the kayaking was really enjoyable, and I look forward to making this an annual trip!
Pricing varies depending on the trip, so please see the website for details.