6 spots perfect for tubing

We can’t think of a better way to cool off and relax on a hot summer’s day than floating down a clear mountain river.

If that sounds refreshing to you, see our list below for a few of our favorite places to go tubing.

Many places require or encourage reservations. Be sure to check each providers website for specific details.

High Mountain Expeditions

Begins and ends at the New River Outpost in Boone

Price: $25 adults, $10 for kids, $10 cooler tube

Age restrictions: Children must be 3 or older

Trip length: 2 to 3 hours

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Cherokee Rapids

Begins and ends on the Oconaluftee River in Cherokee

Open daily Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend

Price: $12 per person

Age restrictions: Children must be 4 or older

Trip length: 2 to 3 hours

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Zen Tubing

Two locations on the French Broad River in Asheville

Price: $25 adults and kids; $5 cooler tube

Age restrictions: Children must be 4 or older

Trip length: 2 to 3 hours

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Deep Creek Tubing

Great Smoky Mountain National Park in Bryson City

Open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend

Price: $7 for an all-day pass

Trip length: Tube as long as you want on the 1-mile stretch

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Thrifty Adventures

Toe River, Bakersville/Green Mountain

Price/Trip length: $25 - you choose between 2 and 4 hour float trips with round trip shuttle

Age restrictions: All ages welcome; children 5 and younger must ride with parent

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Palmetto Outdoor

Saluda River in West Columbia

Open daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day

Price: Standard rental cost $20 (more options are available)

Age restrictions: Children must be at least 10 years old

Trip length: 3 hours

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