Potomac River Historic Paddling Expedition: The best way to learn about history is by living it. This trip offers participants the opportunity to experience the rich history and geography of the Potomac River just as early settlers did - paddling canoes, setting up camp alongside the river, and cooking outdoors. The Potomac Valley has long been a major transportation corridor and as such has been witness to some of the most influential events during the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, the construction of canals and railroads, and the industrial revolution. We spend five days paddling downstream from Little Orleans, MD to just above Harpers Ferry, WV. You'll learn canoe paddling techniques, how to "read" the river, and the history of this treasured river in a way that can only be learned through direct experience. We'll visit Fort Frederick, an outpost during the French and Indian War; Hancock, MD, an important mill town on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal; Antietam National Battlefield, site of a Civil War battle that is the deadliest one-day battle in American history; and Harper's Ferry, the backdrop for a long list of pivotal events in the formation of a young and unsteady nation. Accommodations will be primitive riverside campsites. Camp set-up, cooking, and clean-up will all be managed internally by the group.
Hike, Climb, and Raft along the Appalachian Trail: On this exciting outdoor adventure sampler, the group will spend four days backpacking the Appalachian Trail as it winds through the high country of Western Maryland. Moving as a self-contained unit, the group will hike, cook, set-up camp, work, and grow as a team. Along the way the group will stop at Annapolis Rocks, a popular rock climbing spot to learn and practice climbing and rapelling skills with a trained climbing guide. After four days the group will leave the trail to raft the Shenandoah River just above its confluence with the Potomac. The group will also have the opportunity to visit the historic town of Harper's Ferry before departing for home.
South Branch River Paddling Expedition: This three-day, two-night canoe trip on the South Branch of the Potomac River takes participants through the pastoral environs of West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle. You'll learn how to paddle a canoe in moving water as you navigate bends that open up to breathtaking vistas. The group will camp along the river, practicing Leave No Trace techniques. Once at camp, the group will take responsibility for setting up tents, building fires, and cooking meals. The highlight of the trip is paddling through the "Trough," a steep canyon with vivid geologic displays and frequent Bald and Golden Eagle sightings.
Paw Paw Bends Paddling Expedition: Along the boundary between West Virginia and Maryland, the Paw Paw Bends are a series of sweeping oxbows in the Potomac River. This section of the Potomac parallels the C&O Canal Towpath, which provides primitive riverside campsites. The length of this trip can be tailored to the interest of the group, anywhere between two days and about two weeks. The Canal provides a fascinating historic backdrop for campfire discussions. As with our other paddling expeditions, participants will learn the ins and outs of navigating a canoe on moving water. Our guides and the river itself are effective teachers.
While these are our standard expedtions that we offer every year, we also build custom trips tailored to the needs of individual groups. If you have an idea in mind don't hesitate to contact us. For more information contact Dave Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-567-2632.