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A couple ride down a small section of rapids in the Potomac near the US 340 bridge. Despite the dry conditions and low river level, fast currents can be a danger and require the use of a life preserver.

Ever have the urge to go whitewater rafting, chuck a hatchet, or operate heavy machinery?

No need to leave the area. Several local establishments offer those activities and more for adrenaline junkies. Here are a few such places, although there are several others for those seeking a unique rush.

Heavy Metal Playground

Heavy Metal Playground offers people a chance to operate and play on heavy equipment.

Once behind the wheel of a hulking piece of machinery, participants can dig, push, scoop dirt, stack tires, smash cars and play a Heavy Metal Playground basketball game.

Heavy Metal Playground is at Family Recreation Park, 21036 National Pike, Boonsboro MD 21713. For more info visit

River & Trail Outfitters

Whitewater rafting, tubing, kayaking, canoeing, biking and ziplining are among the activities featured at River & Trail Outfitters in Knoxville.

Adventures and activities are offered for people of all ages.

River & Trail Outfitters is at 604 Valley Road, Knoxville, MD 21758. For more info visit

Stumpy’s Hatchet House

Stumpy's Hatchet House plans to offer people a chance to engage in the sport of hatchet throwing when it opens in Frederick this summer. There's even a standard scoring system.

Stumpy's Hatchet House's Frederick location hopes to have its grand opening in July. It will be located at 4635 Wedgewood Boulevard suite 101, Frederick MD 21703. For more info visit

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Rafting is great fun, but one should wear old tennis shoes. The Monocacy is a gorgeous river to float on. When as safe levels, the trees and set backs isolate you from the rest of the world. Birds you don't normally see are abundant. If you are injured during you trip, you are a long way from help. And, there are no mile markers to call for assistance.

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