5 perfect places for tubing

5 perfect places 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, here are a few of our favorite places to go tubing:

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High Mountain Expeditions
Begins and ends at the New River Outpost in Boone
Price: $20 adults and 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 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: $20 adults and kids; $5 cooler tube
Age restrictions: Children must be 4 or older 
Trip length: 2 to 4 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: $6 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
Open May through Oct. 7 
Price: $15 for 2 hours (shuttle ride not included); $20 for up to 4 hours with round trip shuttle ride; $5 children 5 and under   
Age restrictions: All ages welcome; children 5 and under must ride with parent
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