Appalachian Adventures
Appalachian Adventures
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RENTALS: ATVs, Jet-skis, canoes, fishing, party boats, and MORE! For things to do in Luray, VA. Appalachian Adventures provides services for tourists only. Our goal is to share our beautiful landscapes, our country lifestyles, and the hospitality of our region. We are the perfect day trip, or an added activity for things to do while you visit our region.
Luray, Virginia

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2024

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Karan
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
We visited Appalachian Adventures from out of state. Our interest was in their Mountain ATV tour. Patricia from the office, could not have been more accommodating, professional, or kind!

The ATV machines were new and well-maintained, the helmets were also brand new. Our guide, Brad, was very thorough in his safety presentation and also made sure that all riders were comfortable before we ventured out.

We could not have asked for more on the tour. We were definitely in rugged, natural mountain environment. The trails were well-marked and maintained, and very, very fun to ride.

Brad was very comfortable in the outdoors, and even took time to point out natural plant life, berries, and even pulled over to safely relocate two box turtles from the trail.

From the first reservation phone call to saying good-bye, we were 100% satisfied! We would absolutely recommend Appalachian Adventure ATV tours, and only wish we had more time to enjoy their fishing charter!
Written July 28, 2020
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We thank you greatly for your nice comments. We also wish you would come back and enjoy more of our outdoor activities :-) we do try hard to please happy guests and give them fun memories. Thank you for your visit.
Written August 2, 2020
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Jake V
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
Service was great, from scheduling the trip to the ATV ride. I would recommend the 3 hr private tour with a few of your friends. Even as an experienced rider the trails were very enjoyable and the scenery was amazing. Tim our guide was down to Earth and was easy to talk to and made sure the less experience riders in the group were comfortable with the different trail conditions. The equipment was great, it easily handled the inclines, declines, stones, mud conditions throughout the trail. Highly recommend this company if you want to ride some ATVs in Luray VA, I plan on going again.

Jake
Written April 22, 2021
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We are so pleased to have been of service to you. We take pride in providing specialized tours for those who seek quality and fun. Thank you again for coming, we will be looking forward to seeing you again.
Written May 15, 2021
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Marian W
Owings Mills7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Our family of beginners had a great experience for our first ATV ride. Patricia assured me our guide would make sure we were comfortable operating all equipment before we left on our journey. Our 2-hour experience was great, a good balance of various types of trails - enough to build your confidence and then challenge it. Up, down, over rocks and through water - definitely a winner. Brad, our guide kept good tabs to ensure I was good with everything throughout. Nature and views were wonderful. The entire team at Appalachian was accomodating to our schedule and the experience really made our day. So glad we were able to experience this with Patricia and her team, they made sure our visit was memorable.
Written August 27, 2020
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Thank you so much for sharing the experience you had with us. We, at Appalachian Adventures work very hard in trying to give good quality of services, and it is so very rewarding when we read great comments such as yours. It is always a pleasure to deal with people who come with a spirit of adventure, and just the icing on the cake when they take the time to write a review just like you did. Your thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated.
Written September 8, 2020
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Traveler
Rio de Janeiro, RJ3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
This tour company is not well set up to attend to paying customers who expect a fun and safe experience. They are more concerned about your not wasting THEIR time, that you don't do anything to mess up their equipment, and don't sue them than about whether the paying customers have fun or find the experience a pleasant one.

We did the 2 hour ATV tour. To start, booking was painful. I called three times and emailed twice before finally getting a call back. When I finally spoke with her, as other reviewers stated, Patricia was defensive, before I even said what I wanted to book, and rather abrasive and patronizing. Trying to book an ATV adventure for 3 people then took 20 minutes on the phone, where I had to listen to long lectures about how we had to be on time, or they would keep our deposit money, then sign two contracts, one, while I was on the phone with her, another in an email afterwards which I was told if I didn't reply to she would cancel my booking.

THen, after taking my deposit and confirming the reservation via email, Patricia texted and called me twice the morning of the adventure to confirm. If I've made a reservation and given you a 50% deposit, there is no need to bother me on my vacation to re-confirm. Oddly, when we went to the office and texted her that we were there, we were reprimanded for being early. Then, we had to listen to a 25 minute lecture from her explaining the contract, sign another contract (now the 3rd contract to sign), and listen to her complain about other clients she doesn't like. Rather unprofessional and not the way we want to spend our vacation.
Then, we had to provide our own transportation about 9 miles away to where the ATVs were. There, we had to sign one more contract and a liability waiver. All told, our reservation was for 11:15, and we didn't hit the trails until 12:30.

The guide was friendly enough, and the terrain and views were beautiful, but we were only allowed to go 5-9 miles/hour, despite everyone in the group being familiar with ATVs. It got boring very quickly. We paid for a two hour tour, but were only on the trails for about an hour and 40 minutes, but I didn't complain about that; since we were going so slow, we were ready to call it quits.

It's a shame, because we love ATVing, but this experience was so unpleasant, I would not book with them again.
Written July 11, 2020
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We are sorry we didn't meet your expectations; quite often those who come to us with an open mind and willing to have a great time get that. Apparently, everything we did was wrong for you. Sorry about that.
Written August 2, 2020
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Mason's BnB
Waldorf, MD1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Family
1. It took days for them to return my calls and emails for my reservation request and almost an entire week to actually book. Something about being short staffed after (every one of the 27 summers) they’ve been open?
2. Upon arrival we felt completely unwelcome. Rather than put on a mask (COVID), she suggested that we, paying customers, stand outside on the steps while she explained how the virus “wasn’t here.” “It had passed earlier in the year but now...it’s gone.” That she only wears masks in Walmart because that’s where travelers are. Saying this in...A room full of travelers while coughing up her lungs. But she explained it’s because she’s a long time smoker so we shouldn’t worry.
3. The guides didn’t acknowledge our presence except to give ride instruction.
4. Rather than paying their guides more, they expect customers to give them a 20% tip.

Not sure if it’s the sign of the times but it’s not a chance they’ll ever get my business again. I think their customer niche is more for those of a Confederate mindset.
Written October 11, 2020
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We don't understand this complaint, so we just let it pass. Our favorite phrase: "We love to make happy people happier"
Written October 28, 2020
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Seaside181998
3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
We brought our son and 2 best friends on this adventure. We did 1hour. We only rode for 35mins and only got up to 8miles per hour but the guide was nice and owner, Patricia, who did our paper work was kind. Perhaps, next tine,we will do the 2 hour to get more time..as long as we can drive a little faster than 8mph 😉 Would recommend time anyone who is looking for a fun activity to see the beauty of Luray. Thank you 😊
Written July 6, 2020
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Thank you for your comments; the knowledgeable guides know that safety is of utmost importance; he/she needs to accommodate to the skill levels of the group. We are very happy you came and visit, and look forward to you coming again for the two-hour ride, which is a more adventurous outback experience. Thanks again
Written July 6, 2020
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Tayy B
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Family
We paid the sales woman $600 for ATV riding. The tour was a slow 2 hour ride that kept all ATV’s riding in a line at 5-7mph the entire time...no exaggerating! Brad, our guide, was no fun at all. He drove real slow at the front and his assistant trailed at the back keeping all ATV’s locked in the middle like a slow train ride. Our guide did not include or allow us any opportunity to speed up and we asked him “twice” during our tour. For the price we paid, our guide needed to be more accommodating.
Written April 14, 2022
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Tina Mcgee
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Family
Patricia and Tim was amazing, very welcoming and gave great instruction! Patricia was so well spoken and she was so homely made you feel welcomed and comfortable. And the ATVs with Tim was super awesome, the views.. there’s no words, the trails even times when we went in the water. You just have to experience it yourselves you’ll truly enjoy, no doubt 10. 🙌🏽🙌🏽 Was such a great time we truly didn’t want to leave. TIL NEXT TIME
Written June 8, 2020
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Comments like yours give us the strength and desire to continue providing services. So happy you enjoyed the trails, and truly hope that you will come back soon.
Written July 4, 2020
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Greg S
Henrico, VA1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Business
We booked a 2 hour ATV ride as a mini retreat for a professional organization. The team drove up from Richmond and was warmly greeted by the owner. After the thorough safety review and paperwork processing, we went to their beautiful mountain property. Our two guides were friendly and professional! The first hour was a break in to get used to riding in rough terrain. The second hour was filled with mud puddles speedy straightaways and a few technical traverses. Nothing too complicated so our beginner rider had no problems.

I understand while people may not like the rigid rules and policies in place, but the formula is simple.....book ahead, be on time and don't ride like an idiot. You will have a fun time!
Written November 26, 2020
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Thank you so much for your objective comments. As any business, there are rules and processes we need to observe. Hope to see you again; dealing with nice and respectable people like you, is what makes the entire experience a joyful memory.
Written May 15, 2021
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Loretta T
Stickney, IL6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
Patricia very helpful in booking 4 hour fishing trip for husband,son and grandson. Tom the expert guide was wonderful and provided a quality fishing 1st experience for my 7 year old who caught a big one!! Everyone caught fish and had a great day.
Definitely a highlight of our family trip
Written July 31, 2021
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