Places to Tube in the Southeast

Are you looking for a place to go tubing down a river with your family? Tubing is a great way to have fun AND beat the heat in the upstate this summer. There is just nothing better than a slow ride down a river on a tube! Check out this HUGE list of places to go tubing near Greenville with your family. You’re sure to find one or two you’ve never even heard of that you’ll want to try out for yourself!

All I can think about doing during these hot summer months is getting in the water, whether it’s our neighborhood pool, a refreshing lake, or even better, cruising down a river in a giant tube. This is probably one of the more exciting summer adventures I used to do growing up. It was an awesome family activity.

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Living in the heart of a mountainous region that boasts of waterfalls, creeks, and rivers, there are plenty of places to indulge in tubing that aren’t far from Greenville at all.

Davidson River Tubing (see below for a link to local mom Jackie Vest’s review)

This article includes:
Tips: Tubing with the family
Where to go river tubing in South Carolina
Where to go river tubing in North Carolina
Where to go river tubing in Georgia
There to go river tubing in Tennessee

Tips for Tubing

  • Call ahead and make reservations when you go tubing because this is a fairly popular activity, especially if you think weather may interfere with your trip.
  • Most places include life jacket rentals but ask just in case.
  • Bring sunscreen, water shoes, and snacks. Leave behind stuff you can’t lose, like jewelry, car keys, and cell phones.
  • Take along a long stick or broom handle to help maneuver the tube.
  • Don’t bring alcohol – most places don’t allow it anyways.
  • You will have to sign a wave of some sort. Download and sign before you go to save time.
  • Read all the rules and regulations of whatever place you choose. They are all different.
  • Bring a towel and change of clothes that you can use after your trip.

Kids & Tubing

Sure, tubing is a great family activity, but it may not be suited for smaller kids. Some places allow kids of any age but most have a minimum age or height requirement. We tried to give info about rules on kids on each listing below. If you’ve got questions, by all means, call the place before you go.

Giant List of Places to go Tubing Near Greenville, SC

We’ve got a great list here of not only places near Greenville to rent a tube but also locations near Asheville and in Northern Georgia. If we missed your favorite place, let us know in the comments.

Where to tube in South Carolina

Saluda Outdoor Center – Opens May 27th, 2022

1307 Old Easley Highway, Easley
Read our review here.

  • $20/person and includes life jacket and shuttle service.
  • You can book online or just show up.
  • Children must be 6 years old.

Dolly Cooper Park – Open

170 Spearman Circle, Powdersville

This is a brand new tubing run in Powdersville on the Saluda River where you need to bring your own tube and life jacket. You can put in at the ramp, tube down the river a bit, then get out and walk back with your tube a quarter mile and do it all over again.

Palmetto Outdoor Center – Open

131 Alexander Road, West Columbia

  • Tube prices are $15-$30/person and not all include life jacket and shuttle service.
  • You can reserve online 24 hours ahead of time and rentals are available for walk-up guests (cash only) Memorial Day – Labor Day
  • Children must be 10 years old.

Edisto River Adventures – Open

Edisto River Adventures, 153 Gator Walk Ridgeville

  • The cost is $26-$27/person and includes large tube, parking and a shuttle ride, entrance fee to the State Park launching site, and after-float fun: sandbar for swimming upon your return & volleyball, cornhole, jenga, music, picnic areas , changing room, shower & Port O Let.
  • A 2022 season pass is $115/person and runs from May 1, 2022 – September 2022.
  • Hours are 10 am -2 pm Monday – Friday and
  • 9 am-3 pm Saturday and Sunday.

Where to tube in North Carolina

Zen Tubing– Brevard Road opens May 28th and Riverside Drive opens May 21st, 2022

Two locations in Asheville:
1648 Brevard Road and 608 Riverside Drive, Asheville

  • $30/person includes life vest and shuttle service. It’s $25 if you bring your own tube.
  • A season pass is $150/person.
  • Must RSVP.
  • Cooler carrier is $5.
  • Kids must be 4 years old to tube.

Beer City Tubing – Opens June 18th, 2022

Open Memorial Day through Labor Day
501 Glenn Bridge Road, Arden

  • $20/tube, $10/cooler carrier rental
  • Reservations needed
  • Must be 4 years old to tube; life jackets must be worn for those 14 years old and younger.

Davidson River Tubing – Opens Memorial Day Weekend, 2022

1 Davidson River Circle, Pisgah Forest
Open daily 10 am – 7 pm
Mom Review of Davidson River Tubing.

Green River Cove – Open

5200 Green River Cove Road, Saluda

  • Children must be 42 inches tall to tube.
  • $10/pp for three miles, $15/pp for six miles and includes transportation. Some life jackets are available.
  • Open Monday – Sunday 10 am – 3 pm

Living Waters Tubing – Open

5153 Green River Cove Road, Saluda

  • Children must be 42 inches tall to tube.
  • $10/pp for 1.5-3 hours and includes transportation. Life jackets are available.
  • Must arrive between 10 am – 2 pm
  • Read our review of Living Waters Tubing here.

Silver Creek Tubing – Open

5373 Green River Cove Road, Saluda

$12/person; reservations are suggested for groups of 10+ people

Headwater Outfitters – Opens May 20th, 2022

25 Parkway Road, Rosman

  • $20/person, includes transportation, life jacket and tube
  • Kids must be 4 years old.

Sky Tubing – Opens May 28th, 2022

304 Lyman Street, Asheville

  • $25/adults, $20/kids 12 and under
  • Reservations highly recommended
  • Open 10 am – 2 pm Friday-Sunday
  • No kids under 4 accepted

Wilderness Cove Tubing – Opens May 27th, 2022

3772 Green River Cove Road, Saluda

  • Trips start at $20-$25/person and include tube, shuttle, and life jacket.
  • Open daily Memorial Day – Labor Day 11 am – 4 pm
  • Kids must be 42” tall to tube.

French Broad Outfitters – Open

704 Riverside Drive, Asheville

  • $25/adult, $12.50/kids ages 6-12
  • RSVP online.
  • Guests must be 6+ years old.

Catawba River Outdoors – Opens May 23rd, 2022

2334 US 221 business N, Marion

  • $20/person for the two-hour float and $25/person for four hours
  • Open daily during the season and shuttles run 10 am – 3 pm

Deep Creek Tube Center – Opens Memorial Day Weekend, 2022

1090 West Deep Creek Road, Bryson City

  • $7/per tube rental, life jackets available for kids.

Smoky Mountain Tube & Raft – Opens May 27th, 2022

1847 Tsali Boulevard, Cherokee

  • $14/person, includes shuttle service.
  • Children must be 5+ years old to participate.
  • Open 10 am – 5 pm daily

JJ’s Tubes – Opens Memorial Day Weekend, 2022

1399 West Deep Creek Road, Bryson City

Deep Creek Store & Tubes – Open

1840 West Deep Creek Road, Bryson City

  • This is a campground that offers tube rentals on site April – October

Creekside Tubing – Open

1881 West Deep Creek Road, Bryson City

  • Closest tubing rental place to the Deep Creek entrance
  • $8/tube

NC Outdoor Center – Opens May 30th, 2022

Toe River Outpost
1173 Whitson Branch Rd. Bakersville, NC

  • Tubing trips run 10 am – 3 pm daily
  • Kids must be 3+ years old and those five and under will sit on their parent’s lap in a tube.
  • $25/person and a lap child is free

Where to tube in Georgia

Cool River– Opens Memorial Day Weekend, 2022

590 Edelweiss Strasse, Helen, GA

  • Tubing trips are one or two hours and cost $14/pp on weekdays and $18/pp on weekends.
  • Kids have to be 3+ years old.

Helen Tubing and Water Park – Opens Memorial Day Weekend, 2022

222 Edelweiss Strasse, Helen

  • Tubing trips are $14/person on weekdays, $18/weekends and holidays.
  • Must be 3 years old.

Learn more about Helen, GA and these two tubing outfitters in our Guide to Planning a Trip to Helen, Georgia Anytime of the Year

Where to tube in Tennessee

Smoky Mountain River Rat Tubing – Opens May 21st, 2022

They have two tubing locations in East Tennessee near the Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg area:
205 Wears Valley Road, Townsend (Ages 3+)
8435 State Highway 73, Townsend (Ages 6+)

  • Tubing passes for both outposts are $14.99 (6-12 years old) and $19.99 (13+ years) in advance online. Day of tickets are $24.99/adult and $19.99/kids.

Tube River Rage – Open date N/A

8303 State Highway 73, Townsend

$16.99 + tax (ages 6-12) and $19.99 (ages 13+)

Where is your favorite place to go tubing? If we missed it on our list please add it in the comments!

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