North Carolina June 17, 2017
6 Lazy Rivers In North Carolina That Are Perfect For Tubing On A Summer’s Day
Floating down a natural lazy river is a quintessential North Carolina summer experience. With an abundance of mountains, valleys, creeks and rivers flowing throughout the state; luckily, we’re in the perfect location to do so. If you’re looking for a way to mix it up a bit with those blistering hot summer days, grab an inner tube, a cold beverage, some water shoes and lets get floating!
1. Deep Creek
It's no surprise we love Deep Creek for a tubing option. Located near Bryson City, many different tubing companies offer excursions and you have your choice of the more family friendly upper section, or the more adventurous lower section. You're treated to mountain views and even a waterfall or two.
For more information on Deep Creek, read our comprehensive guide
2. Dan River
If you grew up in the Piedmont, you've probably had a summer experience of floating down the 'Dirty Dan' a time or two. With several different entrance points the Dan provides a mountain experience right in the NW Piedmont. Tubers are treated to both calm rapids and a few thrills where the water picks up. There's several great islands for chilling and taking it in and also some beautiful natural rock structures hanging over the river.
3. French Broad River
Tubing down the historic French Broad River has been a beloved summer tradition for generations of Asheville residents. While the waters do pick up in certain areas, options for entering include along the Hominy Creek River Park in Asheville, Carrier Park, or Jean Webb River Park (for a shorter ride). You'll lounge and float pasts mountains, breweries, and forests. During summer weekends tubing is a popular activity meaning things might get quite social! This is a great day trip for larger groups.
4. New River
A popular pastime for App State students or Boone residents is tubing along the New River, one of the oldest rivers in the world. For a customized tubing experience, several outfitters like High Mountain Expeditions offer custom, hard bottomed tubes that make navigating the waters easy (the water can range from two to eight feet).
5. Green River
While the rapids of Green River near Saluda attract adventurous whitewater rafters, portions of the river are also gentle enough for a day of tubing. You'll coast through dense forests near Green River Gorge, for tubing and slight navigation, Wilderness Cove Tubing is open seven days a week and operate around when the river dam is released (for best tubing times).
6. Cape Fear River
Tubing the Cape Fear might seem intimidating but Cape Fear River Adventures makes it easy. Located in Lillington, the entry point and ride guides you along two unspoiled miles of lazy river featuring coastal forests and a wildlife sighting or two. In comparison to its mountain counterparts, the Cape Fear is deep enough to where you'll really be floating and relaxing the entire journey.
If you haven’t had this experience yet, it’s a MUST! What are your favorite rivers for tubing in North Carolina?
For more ways to explore North Carolina by water,
read our guide here.