I recently had the opportunity to experience the Shenandoah River with a guided tour provided by River Riders. The day proved to be a lot of fun and I would recommend this trip to those looking to experience kayaking for the first time. The adventure was approximately seven miles and took about four hours round trip.
The staff at River Riders was friendly, organized, and efficient. They provided you with everything that you needed including a helmet, life jacket, paddle, and an inflatable kayak. After viewing a brief instructional video on safety, you received your gear, boarded the bus, and were on your way.
The initial part of the guided tour was flat water which gave you the opportunity to orient yourself with the kayak. When the white water did arrive it did break the monotony of the flat water. The rapids were fun and at times could be challenging. Yet, they would not intimidate most people, especially the diehard, thrill seeking type.
Overall, the experience was a lot of fun. Our tour guide was awesome and again I would recommend this trip to anyone wanting to experience kayaking for the first time.
Fun way to experience kayaking
Professional, friendly staff
A great way to spend your day
Too much flat water at times
Carrying kayak back to the bus could be challenging for some
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