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WILD GUYde Adventures, LLC

1047 Stuart St.

Harrisonburg, VA 22802

(540) 433-1637






Canoeing Adventures



To the dull mind, nature is leaden.  To the illumined mind, the whole world burns and sparkles with light” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)


Nature lends herself to all men, but she gives herself only to a few” (Francois Mauriac)



Peaceful Paddling:  Canoe a ½ day stretch of the South Fork River.  This Class I and II water is ideal for families with elementary school children – just long enough to be engaging without getting boring.  As we wind through pastures in the Shenandoah Valley, you’ll learn basic canoe strokes and maneuvering.  Dangle your feet or plunk your head to cool off.  And keep watching for blue herons, turtles on logs, and cows in the water!

($140 1-3 people; $35 each additional)




Pick-up-the-Pace Paddling:  A fuller day of canoeing awaits further down the South Fork.  This provides a little more excitement for teenagers, adventurous parents, & other paddle pilgrims!  A casual start allows a review of canoe strokes and partner teamwork.  An amazing rope-swing breaks the quiet – you won’t believe what comes out of your mouth when you let go (“Geronimo!?”)  More paddling through runs and pools, always under the shadow of Massanutten Mountain.  Lunch on the bank and then back into the boats.  Finally, at Milepost 17, Compton’s Rapid – a great shoot-through with some higher standing waves!  Paddlers call it a “Fat II,” but stay wide of Pillow Rock!  Below, there’s a jumping rock for another cool-off before paddling the final mile to the take-out.  Load the boats and start the drive home – happy, tired, and maybe a little sun-tanned!  West Virginia travelers may want to visit the gorgeous “Trough” on the South Branch of the Potomac.  High and remote mountain walls on each side of the river, and keep your eyes open for bald eagles!

($175 1-3 people; $45 each additional)                                                    



Canoe, Kayak, and Inner Tube Rentals:  Our “friends on the river” to help you here are Rodney and Dennis and their great crew at Shenandoah River Adventures!  If you want to do it on your own and don’t need a guide, contact them at 1-888-309-7222 or Located in Shenandoah VA, Rodney hosts several great stretches of river, and handles the shuttle for you.  Find all the info at


Essential Eligibility Criteria for Paddling


Participant should be capable of:


1.  With the aid of a PFD, successfully swim/propel to shore from mid-river/lake.

2.  Tolerate immersion in 60+°F

3.  Use upper body and arm strength and dexterity to execute paddle strokes that propel, or assist in propelling a watercraft.

4.  Enter and exit a canoe, and maintain seated posture for 3+ hours.

5.  Perform basic backcountry living skills (moving around natural areas, toileting).



Design Your Own Adventure:  Numerous other options exist with WILD GUYde Adventures, including hiking and climbing guiding along Virginia’s Blue Ridge or at the Nelson Rock Outdoor Center (WV), a climbing self-rescue clinic, outdoor fitness training, group orienteering challenges in the National Forest, and flatwater paddling instruction for beginners and children.  We can customize to meet the interests of your family, scout troop, or youth group.  Call to talk about your needs (540-433-1637 or 




“If there’s a place, paddle there…”  (Brent Kelly)


“Love many, trust a few, and always paddle your own canoe.”  (Anon.)