Warmer weather is quickly approaching in North Carolina, and chillin' in cool waters might be on many people's to-do lists. With a number of rivers and waterways in the state, there's bound to be a few worth visiting. If you're looking for North Carolina rivers to float the day away on, these seven tubing spots will be the perfect places to hang out with your friends and let the river take you away.

Most of these destinations are super affordable too, offering a leisurely trip downstream for less than $20 a person. You might even find some rapids to add a little adrenaline rush to your time enjoying nature's natural waterparks.

Pack the cooler, grab your friends, slather on that sunscreen, and don't forget the towel for your trip to these North Carolina rivers.

Silver Creek Tubing 

Price: $10 per tube rental. Free parking on site.

Address: 5373 Green River Cove Rd., Saluda, NC

Why You Need To Go: There are a few different routes tubers can take depending on their skill level. There are even a few rope swings dotting the shoreline along the way for those who want to stop, enjoy the scenery, and get a little adrenaline flowing.


Smoky Mountain Tubing 

Price: $12 per person

Address: 1847 Tsali Blvd., Cherokee, NC

Why You Need To Go: Located on the Oconaluftee River, visitors can float down the river for a few hours. There are over 200 tubes in stock so guests won't be left waiting for their chance to chill.


Dan River Adventures

Price: $18 for a standard tube, $40 for a double tube with cupholders

Address: 724 Webster Rd., Stoneville, NC

Why You Need To Go: There are multiple variations of tubes, kayaks, and canoes people can rent to go down the Dan River. You'll even find class I and II rapids on this waterway. Some tubes even have a cup holder for you to crack open a coldie as you float. 


Cape Fear River Adventures

Price: $22 per adult. You can even add on a tube for your cooler for $11.

Address: 100 S Main St., Lillington, NC

Why You Need To Go: This adventure takes visitors down two miles of the river, which is surrounded by forests and wildlife. The trip will take around five hours, which is perfect for a hot summer day of lounging the stress away.


Dillsboro River Company

Price: $20 to $25 per adult depending on which run you take.

Address: 18 Macktown Rd., Sylva, NC

Why You Need To Go: There are two sections at this location, but the high adventure tubing is for those who want a swift, fun float. Most rapids are class II and guests will be able to ride 5.5-miles down the river. No coolers are allowed at this location.


Loafers Glory Rafting & Tubing

Price: $20 per tube; optional $5 tube for your cooler also available.

Address: 7550, 2637 NC-226, Bakersville, NC

Why You Need To Go: Guests will float down the Toe River and the price includes a tube, a life jacket, a shuttle service to the put-in and pick up and an all-around relaxing float. 


Green River

Price: $10 for 2 hours or $15 for 5 hours.

Address: 5200 Green River Cove Rd., Saluda, NC

Why You Need To Go: Guests will float next to a lush forest on this river run. You'll have 2 options to choose from. Whether you laze for a little while or float on all day long you'll get some beautiful nature views.


So what are you waiting for? Add these tubing runs to your summer adventure bucket list. Happy floating!


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.


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