This Giant List of River Tubing Spots Is Everything You Need for the Perfect Summer Adventure

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Are you looking for a place to go tubing down a river with your family? Wondering, “Where is the best river tubing near me?” 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! Fortunately, you’ve found 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.

Great river tubing near you!

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
Where 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 waiver 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.

Tubing near Greenville, SC
Davidson River Tubing

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.

Tubing Near Me: River Tubing in South Carolina

River tubing in South Carolina

Saluda Outdoor River Company

3790 Calhoun Memorial Highway, Easley
Read our Saluda Outdoor Center review .
Only open Friday-Sunday + holidays

  • $24/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

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. Read our review about tubing at Dolly Cooper Park.

Tubing at Dolly Cooper Park

Palmetto Outdoor Center

131 Alexander Road, West Columbia

  • Tube prices are $15-$30/person (double tubes are $85) 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

Edisto River Adventures, 153 Gator Walk Ridgeville

  • The cost $28/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.
  • Life jackets are not provided.
  • You must book online at least 5 hours before your chosen tubing time.
  • Open May 5, 2023, closed Wednesdays & Thursdays

Tubing Near Me: Tubing in North Carolina

River Tubing in North Carolina

In the Charlotte area? Head over to Kidding Around Charlotte for the closest river tubing near Charlotte, NC.

Zen Tubing

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.
  • Must RSVP. Midtown location opens May 26, 2023 and the South Asheville location opens May 20, 2023
  • Cooler carrier is $5.
  • Kids must be 4 years old to tube.
  • Kidding Around Review of Zen Tubing

Beer City Tubing

Open June 17, 2023 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

1 Davidson River Circle, Pisgah Forest
Open daily 10 am – 7 pm
$8/tube, cash only
Mom Review of Davidson River Tubing.

Brevard Tubing

Opens May 19, 2023
Everett Road, Pisgah Forest, NC
Kidding Around Review of Brevard Tubing

  • $30/person; $25/NC resident; $35/person holidays; $15/person for a second trip
  • Must be 4 years old to tube; life jackets required for kids ages 12 and under, which Brevard Tubing provides
  • No reservations needed
Tubing on the French Broad River
Look at how relaxing this is

Green River Cove

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.
  • Opens May 13, 2023; Monday – Sunday 10 am – 3 pm

Living Waters Tubing

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.
  • Opens May 13th and open daily through the summer
  • Must arrive between 10 am – 2 pm
  • Read our review of Living Waters Tubing here.

Silver Creek Tubing

5373 Green River Cove Road, Saluda

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

Headwater Outfitters

25 Parkway Road, Rosman

  • $20/person, includes transportation, life jacket and tube
  • Everyone must be able to swim
  • Opens May 19, 2023

Sky Tubing

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

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

704 Riverside Drive, Asheville

  • Open May 19, 2023 and open daily through Labor Day
  • $25/adult, $12.50/kids ages 6-12
  • RSVP online.
  • Guests must be 6+ years old.

Catawba River Outdoors

2334 US 221 business N, Marion

  • Opens May 26, 2023
  • $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
  • Minimum age is 2-years-old

Deep Creek Tube Center

1090 West Deep Creek Road, Bryson City

  • $7/per tube rental, life jackets available for kids.
  • Kids age 13 and under must wear a life jacket, which are available for a $10 refundable deposit or you can bring your own life jacket
  • Open Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend

Smoky Mountain Tube & Raft

1847 Tsali Boulevard, Cherokee

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

JJ’s Tubes

1399 West Deep Creek Road, Bryson City

Deep Creek Store & Tubes

1840 West Deep Creek Road, Bryson City

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

Creekside Tubing

1881 West Deep Creek Road, Bryson City

  • Closest tubing rental place to the Deep Creek entrance
  • $8/tube
  • Open Memorial Day – Labor Day

NC Outdoor Center

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.
  • $23/single person tube, $50/double person tube, $20/child (less than 65 lbs) tube, $120/four-person tube; a lap child is free

Loafers Glory Rafting

2637 NC-226 Bakersville, NC

  • Tubing trips run Monday -Sunday 11 am – 3 pm
  • Kids must be 4 years old
  • $25/person

Opening day is May 18, 2024

Where to river tube in Georgia

Cool River

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.
  • Opens May 13, 2023 on weekends and Memorial Day – Labor Day daily
  • Dogs welcome to tube

Helen Tubing and Water Park

222 Edelweiss Strasse, Helen

  • Tubing trips with a standard tube are $14/person on weekdays, $18/weekend and holidays.
  • Must be 3 years old.
  • Open daily Memorial Day – Labor Day

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

Toccoa Valley Tubing & Campground

1141 Aska Road, Blue Ridge

  • $15/person Monday – Saturday; save $1 per tube when booking online
  • Children must be 4 years old and 30 pounds and wear a life jacket

Where to river tube in Tennessee

Where to river tube in Tennessee

Smoky Mountain River Rat Tubing

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. Book online to save money.

Tube River Rage [not confirmed for 2023]

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!

About the Author
Kristina Hernandez is a mom of two girls, freelance writer and photographer. Originally from New Jersey, she is in love with the Upstate and could not imagine raising her kids anywhere else. She enjoys hiking to waterfalls, kayaking, camping, cooking, and exploring all that Greenville has to offer. And she really loves baby goats. Follow her on Instagram at @scadventurer.

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4 years ago

Add in GA a place called Slow water

3 years ago

Saluda River Tubing near Greenville?