Shenandoah River Outfitters
The outfitter has everything you need to paddle into the wilderness. For a lazier way to keep cool, try a three-to-five-hour tubing trip. Chow down on char-grilled steaks over an open campfire after your day on the river (part of a dinner-and-canoe package). Drift off to the sounds of nature in one of the secluded riverfront cabins (sleeping up to six people, most have private hot tubs and decks with a river view).
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