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“Tubing trip on Shenandoah River”

Shenandoah River Outfitters, Inc.
Ranked #7 of 12 Outdoor Activities in Luray
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Reviewed July 14, 2017 via mobile

Overall was a good trip, we had great weather and scenery was spectacular. We have done trips like this before in other places so knew what to expect but I was still surprised by the complete lack of direction. We were told to watch a video but never had the chance since our arrival was so chaotic. The people working there were nice enough but overwhelmed and I felt shuffled along and had to keep asking questions about how to fill out forms, where to leave things, etc. we did the slightly longer tubing trip due to water levels and it was nice but very slow. We did keep paddling ourselves along to shorten it from 4 hours down to about 3. The take out point was a mystery to us but luckily we saw another person in our party who pointed it out. We only had to wait a few minutes for the bus to get us back to our car. Overall a nice trip for the price but I do wish we had a little more interaction with the staff.

3  Thank Rachel M
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Reviewed July 13, 2017

We had a wonderful experience! We went down the James River twice and it was very relaxing for me, with a little excitement at some small "rapids" for my 8 year old. Definitely a bucket list item for sure. There was also a carnival going on in the little town, which was an added bonus after our tubing adventure! :)

1  Thank Taylor M
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Reviewed July 12, 2017

It poured the day of our canoe trip (totally not the outfitters fault), but trips are run rain or shine so weather is an important consideration. We pre-booked the 11am midweek special and arrived at 10:30 to sign in, watch the safety video, etc. thinking that we would be departing at 11am. With every other trip we've ever taken - and there have been MANY with other outfitters, the expectation has been arrival at least a half hour before the listed trip time for prompt departure at the stated time. When we got there we were told the trip would be leaving around 11:30 so we ended up sitting around waiting for quite a while. It seemed busy but not over the top, but the service we received wasn't super personal (no assistance getting our life vests, no conversation on the bus ride to the river, etc.). The 40% chance of afternoon showers turned to pouring rain as soon as we stepped off the bus. It poured the entire 2 hour trip - we were beyond soaked. The canoe filled with rain water. Several spots in the river were low and we became stuck. This probably would've been an entirely different experience if the weather had cooperated, so for those taking a trip here be sure to check the weather and confirm your arrival time with the outfitter beforehand. Also be sure to bring a change of clothes with you - the life jackets have a very musty smell.

3  Thank Christina M
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Reviewed July 3, 2017 via mobile

This was my first time taking a tubing trip with SRO. Their operation was pretty well organized for a very busy holiday weekend. That being said having a reservation is important.

The tubing trip was very relaxed. There is no need for a guide. They drop you off 5 minutes from the office and, about 4 hours later there's staff at the end to help you out and return you back.

The river is not fast flowing. In fact we were little board at times. Bring a cooler and a bunch of friends, and you'll have a great floating party.

1  Thank Chris L
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Reviewed June 25, 2017 via mobile

The Shenandoah River from 7 miles on either side of SRO is the most beautiful stretch of river in the valley. The fishing is extraordinary and the folks at the Outfitters are life long residents with the expected knowledge and expertise to ensure a safe, happy trip whether floating the day or staying in one of their beautiful cabins. I grew up fishing on property the outfitters has purchased and they have maintained it perfectly. Nothing stays the same forever and that is sad, but to be able to stay there again is heaven. This is a trustworthy, family run business. Don't miss out no matter what you want to do, as long as you are happy enjoying the most beautiful place on earth.

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