River tubing is the coolest and most relaxing way to spend a summer afternoon in the Boone area!

The Boone area offers a wealth of opportunities for tubing down a spectacular mountain stream. There is no more relaxing way to spend a summer afternoon. Many of the same Boone Area outfitters who offer canoe and kayak paddling trips are equally focused on the great family fun to be had on a lower-tech tube! 

Time to chill on the river

Boone Area Outfitters

RiverGirl Fishing Co.

Located in the historic Todd train depot. Full service fly fishing lessons/guided trips, bait, tackle, canoe, kayak, tube and bicycle rentals, hiking, camping/outdoor supplies, and fishing gifts. Visit our pristine South Fork of...


Wahoo's Adventures

Wahoo's is the two-time winner of the "Outfitter of the Year" by professional Paddlesports Association. Wahoo's offers whitewater rafting on the Watauga River, kayaking, canoeing, stand up paddle boarding, and lazy river tubing...


River & Earth Adventures

Whitewater rafting, canoeing, kayaking, year-round caving, hiking, guided day trips, and paddling school with ACA certified instructors. We offer all adventures with the option of an eco-education twist! Guides are trained by the...


High Mountain Expeditions

With over 25 years of experience in guiding adventurous travelers to some of the world's most spectacular places, High Mountain Expeditions has crafted what we consider to be the best adventures in the world. We are experts in...


Appalachian Tubing Company

Appalachian Tubing Co. offers everything you need for a river tubing adventure, conveniently close to the town of Boone. Call in advance to make reservations. Boone's only student-organized tubing outfitter.  Please note:...


Some visitors, who bring their own tubes, choose to park a car in the Rural Historic District of downtown Todd and then shuttle or drive to Green Valley Community Park to put in their tubes for a fun tubing excursion down the South Fork of the New River. If starting at the river access in downtown Todd, end at Todd Island Park for a 2.5 - 3.5 hour tubing trip.

Be sure to take the time to plan ahead before a tubing adventure! Have a plan for transportation, bring a dry bag for any belongings and snacks, & be prepared to exit the water to go around low bridges along the river. As always, Make It Your Nature to follow the 7 Outdoor NC principles when recreating in fragile river ecosystems. 

For more ideas on how to prepare and what to wear, download our Tubing Tips and Checklist

Contact Us to get a copy of the New River Paddle Trail Adventure Map, with details like distance, average paddle and tubing times between river accesses, and where low water bridges can be found along the river. 


Five sections of the New River Paddle Trail offer slow and peaceful waters and... LEARN MORE

Green Valley Community Park is a multipurpose community park on the banks of the... LEARN MORE

Walter & Annie Cook Memorial Park is located in historic downtown Todd and... LEARN MORE

Todd Island Park is located at the corner of Todd Railroad Grade Road and Castle... LEARN MORE