Campsites and cabins are available on a beautiful deep water section of the Potomac River near Harpers Ferry in Jefferson County. A four mile section of deep water runs from our campground to above the Dargan Bend Boat Ramp in Maryland. Pontoon boats, fishing boats, water skiing, wake boarding, and jet skis are welcome. Pitch your tent and tie your boat up out front. Bring your RV as well. There are electricity and water hookups for RV sites. For those willing to rough-it, it is a beautiful unique location. We also offer beautiful, River Front Cabins that offer heat and AC, as well as their own full bathrooms.
We stayed for 3 nights at a hike in island camp site and LOVE IT!! The pictures just don’t do it enough justice, it was beautiful and relaxing. We lucked out to have the weather vary from cloudy, drizzles to full sunny days. Yes, there are trains that go by, and there is a zip line that goes over some camp sites (we were aware so it wasn’t a surprise) but honestly, we were down by the water and it wasn’t too bad. All the beauty and relaxation definitely over shadowed the other noises. There are plenty of water sports to do on the spot of the river (which was pretty calm, more like a lake than river). There are plenty of hiking and other adventurous things to do in the area. Finally there are lots of local history spots to enjoy as well as some local breweries and wineries. The only downside to this camp site for us was the hike uphill to the shower houses.
We brought our paddle boards and river access was super easy. Freshwater hookup and electrical hookup were convenient (and the water tasted great :). Showers are available and the portable bathrooms are in a trailer as opposed to porta-potties (women's bathrooms were clean, the men's was a little stinky). There is a sink next to the showers for washing dishes.
Checking in was easy and staff at Riverriders and the on-site caretaker were friendly and helpful.
Nice and quiet at night. The biggest commotion during the day is when Riverriders brings a group of tubers in to launch. The last line of the zipline goes overhead, its fun to see the people go by (the zipline is occasional and there are not people constantly zipping overhead)
Overall we loved this campground and we are going back in October.
What a lovely spot for relaxation and some time in nature. Too bad the Marc train runs right above your head all night. If you are looking for a relaxing camp experience make sure to bring your noise cancelling headphones. It’s lovely to have a site right on the water. Unfortunately that area of the river has a very muddy/mucky bottom so you will need to walk (not far) down to the rocky entrance so you don’t lose your water shoes. I recommend bringing a float and spending your day relaxing out on the water. The site itself has a fire pit and picnic table which was great. There was also a bathroom facility very close by. We were on site 2 and 3 and it was a bit of a hike to the showers. Overall though, when the train comes barreling by at 1am, 2am and 3am you either laugh or you cry depending on how tired you are.
A friend and I chose this campground because of it's right-on-the-river sites and it's close proximity to the tubing we'd be doing on the Shenandoah River through the same company as the campsite, River Riders.
When we arrived we noticed that the campsites are one on top of the other in a row along the access road and the river. There is no separate between the sites (kids ran through ours a few times ripping out our guy lines) and you can hear all radios and all the conversations of your neighbors.
The river views were amazing, but face the other way and you're looking at a 15 or so foot CSX rail line berm. The trains that come through here almost hourly range from quick commuter MARC or Amtrak trains to long freight trains. The proximity to the tracks means that if the sound doesn't wake you up, the rumbling ground will. Every hour through the night.
The amenities here really let me down. The campground cannot do anything about their location along the tracks, but they can control their response time to issues and the cleanliness of their bathrooms. The bathroom trailer near the campsites was extremely smelly, with many of the 4 toilets clogged. The water from the sink sprayed everywhere, and for the first day and a half of our trip, there was NO SOAP. In a normal time this would be a problem. In a Covid19 time, it's horrible. We tried to let a camp host know the first night, but we couldn't locate them. The next day while at the River Rider facility to tube I let them know. Upon arrival back at our site later that second day there was still no soap. I saw a River Riders employee (a guy in a white RR car) and told him, he said okay, but did not get us soap. We called the office when we could find service, and they said they'd send someone. Finally, around 8pm on the second day, the weekday camp host said she would refill the soap if they "weren't out of it." YOU CANNOT BE OUT OF SOAP IN 2020. It's just not okay to be open to the public without such a basic sanitary need.
Between the train and the crummy, smelly, understocked facilities, I will never be back here. Even if that was a really nice river view.
My family stayed here for two nights during the middle of the week, about half the campground was occupied. Our campsite was right along the water (all spots are along the water). We love walking and having a nice walk right from our campsite is a big bonus. As the covid19 was happened about half a mile down the road was blocked but normally 1.5 mile walk down into Harpers ferry. It was quite other than the train which was 12 feet up a hill across the road from the site. Only had a couple come through the night our 1 yr old slept perfectly through it so it isnt too bothersome,the porta john was serviced while we were there and the showers/bathrooms were 3 private rooms, was pretty clean. We got a discount for staying 2 nights so it was only $29 a night. Dont buy the $25 firewood itll be gone in one night they have wood throughout the campground go forage!
I am not a fan of writing bad reviews. I really wanted to love this campground. Its location on the Potomac River was beautiful and it had a dirt road leading off to the east that begged to be biked or walked into town. However, that's where the praise stops. This campground is operated by River Runners, a local rafting company, who uses it for their ziplining and put-in/take-out location. We had reserved and received a site along the river (water and electric). The drive out there was circuitous and narrow due the necessity to go around the railroad tracks, which runs adjacent to the campground (we needed to do this because we had a 34' travel trailer - tent campers can squeeze through the narrow bridge. The road through the campground was pitted and muddy. The sites small and dirty (trash, mud, etc) and marked off by two posts with a wire running across the entrance. We were located next to the portable trailer bathroom and after setting up I went to go use the facilities. I couldn't, because all three toliets were clogged with toliet paper and feces. There was toliet paper and poop pouring out onto the floor in some places and (as you can imagine) smelled horrible. One of the reasons it was this way was that the water was turned off to the trailer. I turned it on and found that the reason it was turned off was because it ran constantly in the toliet bowls, hence the overflow. I called the office to report the problem and they said they would send out the camp host. 30 minutes later, and he still wasn't there. At this point we had had enough and wanted out. The office worked with me to refund less than half of my reservation, even though the reason I stated was due to their unsanitary conditions at their site. This could be a great location if it was taken care of more. But as it was, I was glad to leave.
Harper's Ferry is a little town in WV nestled right next to the Potomac River. It's also a convenient halfwayish point on the Appalachian Trail. One of my friends and I stayed here while we were section hiking the AT. The campground is pretty nice, with cabins, tent sites, and RV sites. It's also got a lot of extra activities that you can do. Zip lining, tubing, rafting the Potomac, and even an adventure park, you name it. You definitely won't be bored wile staying at this campground.
Harper's Ferry is a pretty neat place too. There are some great restaurants, cool shops, and make sure to make a stop at the AT Conservatory. There you can see cool pictures of all the people who have through hiked the AT and learn more about it.
Speaking of the AT, there are great hiking and biking trails right around Harper's Ferry. You can even say you hiked all the way to Virginia from West Virginia. Just don't tell anyone that Harper's Ferry is right on the border.
The hike that leads to the lookout about harpers ferry was fantastic. This hike takes you well above the town settled in West Virginia. While some points are pretty steep don’t let this deter you from completing it. The trail is well maintained, marked, and exciting. It is filled with tons of history and when you walk across the bridge from the town be looking out for all the locks on the bridge that have been left behind by other avid hikers
Gorgeous spot on the river. Small campground with not a lot of amenities BUT THAT RIVER IS GORGEOUS. Lots of activities - tubing, zip lining, fishing.
Nice river front sites, and pool in the campground. Close to historic Harpers Ferry and lots of great hiking.