Don’t let summer pass you by without taking a refreshing Shenandoah River kayaking trip! Whether you’ve never kayaked before or it’s one of your favorite hobbies, the Shenandoah River always offers beautiful scenery and fabulous adventures.
For more information on Shenandoah River kayaking and other local adventures, be sure to check out our complimentary Vacation Guide. It’s complete with everything you need to know to plan an incredible trip to the Harrisonburg area.
Where Are the Best Places for Shenandoah River Kayaking?
Shenandoah River Kayaking Adventures
The following outfitters offer a variety of adventures. Some are an hour; some are 5 days. And many are self-guided (basically, a kayak rental with shuttle service) while others offer a guide. Check them all out below to plan your perfect kayak trip on the Shenandoah River!
Massanutten kayak trips begin in Elkton and follow the scenic river for 7 miles and last approximately three hours. You’ll kayak through calm waters and rapids, and a shuttle will take you back to your starting place. Take their self-guided trips in either a single or double kayak, and be sure to make a reservation for your rental before you go.
Shenandoah River Adventures, LLC
All of the kayak trips at Shenandoah River Adventures are self-guided, but if you’d like a guide for your trip, that can be arranged at an additional price. Their rates and policies differ depending on the trip and day, so check out their website for details before you make your reservation.
Shenandoah River Outfitters
Shenandoah River Outfitters is unique in that they offer different lengths of 1-day kayaking trips as well as 3- to 5-day kayaking trips. These self-guided adventures also include shuttle service. So whether you want to be on the river for 3 hours or 5 days, they have a trip to fit your needs! Also, check out their YouTube video on canoe/kayak safety!
Note: Regardless of your skill level, make sure you and everyone in your group are aware of how to stay safe on the river. Here are some safety tips from the American Canoe Association to get you started. Most important: always wear a life vest, and know your limits on the water!
After a Day of Adventure, Relax at By the Side of the Road Inn and Cottages
Following a beautiful day on the Shenandoah River, come home to Harrisonburg’s top-rated, luxurious bed and breakfast, By the Side of the Road Inn and Cottages.
Our accommodations are second to none, and we have the perfect cottage or suite for you! Our delicious, gourmet breakfasts are delivered right to your door each morning, and our central location is perfect for exploring all that the Shenandoah Valley has to offer.
Be sure to download our complimentary Vacation Guide for some great tips and destinations.