Paddle, Raft, Climb, Zip Line at Harpers Ferry Adventure Center

Inside Loudoun recently visited Harpers Ferry Adventure Center and met with General Manager Kim Yos and some of the friendly, knowledgeable, accommodating and enthusiastic staff. The Adventure Center’s enviable 60 acre location at the northern edge of Loudoun County fronts the Potomac River just a short float from the merging Shenandoah River. Woods and water, hills and open space, the scent of pines, trucks full of rubber tubes. This is the place for hours or days of exhilarating outdoor fun for all on land, on water and even in the trees. Harpers Ferry Adventure Center is a well known, respected, family supported business owned by George and Holly Hefner and staffed by lots of their own family members. As a matter of fact, the Harpers Ferry Adventure Center loves to staff the center with family groups in general. They like supporting the healthy work ethic and cooperative effort that happens when family members work together.

In the beginning, back in 1992, Dewey and George Heffner, father and son, called themselves Butts Tubes and sold tire tubes out of the back of a truck on the side of the road. They incorporated Butts in 1996 and so began their evolution into the current day. They changed their name to Harpers Ferry Adventure Center and today draw guests from the local area, from NY, NJ and even some international folks. They are a full fledged adventure center now and still growing and adding exciting options. They can still put you in the water for a relaxing tube float. Newer offerings include licensed commercial rafting trips, canoe and kayak rentals, an exhilarating zip line, a jungle gym-like obstacles rope challenge in the trees which they call the “Aerial Adventure Park Ropes Course. They do team building adventures, or “Bleisure” for corporate groups. They love scout groups and others coming en masse. They will take groups of 80-100 on rafting trips, run kayak trips during the day for one person from 10am to about 2:30pm, and canoe trips for groups of ten. New this summer are flat water tubing and kids camp. Check the website for details. All these adventures take place with great attention to safety and under the leadership of experienced and fun loving expert guides. Kim says it’s all about bringing people together to enjoy the outdoors in challenging and fun ways.

Our Inside Loudoun team returned breathless and wide-eyed from the 7-line Zip line Tour which included the 100-foot skybridge through the Center’s lushly wooded canopy. It was too early in the day for our crew but after the zip line tour, the rope challenge, a tube float, a visit to Harpers Ferry Brewing, a campsite meal, and some tunes around the campfire, guests might want to crawl into a sleeping bag and fall asleep to the music of an outdoors night. Toward that end, Harpers Ferry Adventure Center also offers tent camping riverside or mountaintop as well as in small cabins all of which are equipped with charcoal grills, a fire ring and nearby bathhouse. There’s also a new on-site market and the Harpers Ferry Brewery for post adventure nourishment. As the Adventure Center continues to evolve and expand, they are focused on sharing what they know and love about the outdoors with a curious, eager ever-growing audience of adventurers.

Harpers Ferry Adventure Center, 37410 Adventure Center Lane, Purcellville, VA, 20132; Phone: 800-836-9911 email:  

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