On June 25th a friend wanted to go tubing in and around Baltimore. Neither of us had tubed before and due to Google exhalting Harpers Ferry as the place to go, our expectations were low. Though Harpers Ferry is far away, so we found info about tubing in Monkton and thought to try it out.
Well this fateful trip inspired a new passion and in turn the creation of this Tubing MD web resource. If you haven't gone tubing you are missing out and river tubing in Monkton is one of the best local spots. Other local spots we've enjoyed so far are Rocks State Park (Harford County) & Patapsco State Park (Howard County).
As seen on the map below there are five river entry and exit points for you to choose from. We have listed
each entry & exit points' address here; all provide either side street parking or a parking area.
Overall, you could enjoy a 10 hour float from start to finish or enjoy the popular
two to three hour tour 3 to 5 hours (as of 2017) from Big Falls Rd to Monkton Rd. 2017 update: The river has widen since 2011. If 3 to 5 hours of tubing is too long walk up the NCR Trail, find the spray painted trees and enter from there.
On this journey down the Gunpowder we brought some family members along who were interested in a three hour tour. We didn't have
our own tubes, so we rented some from Monkton Bike for $25 to $30 per tube. Monkton Bike
shuttled us (no shuttle this year) to Big Falls Rd.
and got our journey started.
Tubing here is great because it provides a safe ten mile stretch, the water is clean, the trees provide some shade from the sun and the crowds are friendly. We do want to note the water is a chilly 55 to 60 degrees, but it feels great on a hot summer day!
As seen in the video we brought along a small child, which might not have been the greatest idea. You might want to hold off on bringing your real little ones along if they have a fear of water or as most kids do, lack patience. It is after all, a leisurely float down a two foot river with mild rapids here and there.
Have you tubed here before? We'd love to hear your experience in the comment section.
Before you go check how deep the water is here; optimal depth for tubing in these parts is between 1.7 feet or above.
As noted above & in the comments, there no longer is a shuttle.
The loss of shuttle service is due to the residents of the area driving Monkton Bike's competitor out of business and halting any & all type of shuttling to the river. See a long list of articles on this saga here.
River entry options now are walking up the NCR, entering the river and floating back down to your car on Monkton Rd. Also, you can take two cars and with one transport tubes & tubers up to Big Falls Rd or another river entry point.