Shenandoah, West Virginia, US
3. Millville to Harpers Ferry (Shenandoah Staircase)
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Dash Hole, Shenandoah
Dash Hole, ShenandoahPhoto of Bobby Miller winning the rodeo by Greg McCulley
The Shenandoah Staircase is a classic run that has an appeal to a wide variety of paddlers. Lower
water creates a superb training ground for the beginner paddler to hone their skills. Medium water
creates several small and fun playspots to delight the playboater. High water brings out the big
water enthusiasts and the extreme rodeo stars. When the water is rockin, the playboating in this
area is spectacular!
The standard run is from Millville to Harpers Ferry. Playboaters interested in a park & play
run will be interested in the 'Bridge to bridge' run. This would be the 1.7 mile run from the 340
bridge over the Shenandoah to the 340 bridge over the Potomac.
The Staircase section can be run a bit lower than from Millville to the first 340 Bridge.
This is the site of the annual Tim Gavin
From Frederick Maryland take Hwy 340 south to Harpers Ferry.
The National Park Service Wayside take-out is on river right just across the bridge.
Parking is limited (three spaces).
To get to the put in, continue south on 340 past the Harpers Ferry Park entrance. About 1.5 miles
past the take-out, turn left at the Flea Market on Millville Road. Go about 2 miles down thru
Millville until you see water. Some of the rafting companies own land on the banks, expect to pay
a few dollars to park at the Put-in. Or continue on to the public parking at the power
Some guidebooks recommend taking out on river left near the 340 Potomac bridge near Sandy Hook,
Maryland. Presently the CSX Railroad isn't fond of people trespassing on the railroad tracks, and
is prosecuting. There have also been some reports of car break-ins in the area.
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
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Last Updated: 2009-06-26 00:52:57