North Carolina May 19, 2017
There’s Nothing Better Than North Carolina’s Natural Lazy River On A Summer’s Day
Floatin’ down the river, sippin’ a cold one, sounds like a summer dream. While many head to the manmade (and overcrowded) lazy rivers, why would you settle for that when you can enjoy the real thing? One particular tubing spot not only offers fresh, cool mountain water but also stunning mountain views and even a few waterfalls.
Deep Creek near Bryson City winds you through gorgeous Smoky Mountain scenery while also allowing you to kick back and relax while floating down the river.
Perfect for an impromptu weekend adventure or even a unique getaway if you live nearby, while there's many rivers throughout North Carolina, Deep Creek offers quintessential mountain scenery and cool fresh water. Naturally turquoise from bubbling springs filtering through ferns and moss, both Deep Creek and the Oconaluftee River in Cherokee are not only beautiful but also crystal clear making the tubing experience all the more interesting.
Deep Creek consists of two sections the 'upper' whitewater section that flows from Indian Creek into Deep Creek Gorge and the lower section that is wider and more family friendly. For tubers looking for a somewhat wild (and somewhat bouncy) experience, the upper section is the way to go. If you're looking for relaxation and also a fun activity for small children, the lower section provides a smooth and easy ride down the river.
Several different tubing companies and rentals are located along West Deep Creek Road. You can take your pick from several different options and also choose what kind of tube (seats or no seats) to rent throughout the day. Be aware that you will have a bit of a hike from the trailhead to the water into Great Smoky Mountains National Park (around a mile) so come prepared! Once you're floating down the river though, you're sure to forget about that trek!
Popular tubing companies include Smoky Mountain Tubing, B.J.'s Deep Creek Rentals/J. J. Tubes, Deep Creek Tube Center & Campground, Deep Creek Lodge/Creekside Tubing, and Smoky Mtn. Campground/Deep Creek Store & Tubes.
Another bonus of tubing on Deep Creek? You'll pass by the lovely Tom Branch Falls pictured above.
Ready to have an epic yet totally relaxed summer? Tubing down a natural lazy river is a must-do for your bucket list!
Tubing down a natural lazy river is a must-do summer experience in North Carolina! For more information or to find a tube rental company, click here.
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