Cool Down in the River This Summer

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! 

High Mountain Expeditions

With over 25 years of experience in guiding adventurous travelers to some of the world's most spectacular places, High Mountain...

River & Earth Adventures

Whitewater rafting, canoeing, kayaking, year-round caving, hiking, guided day trips, and paddling school with ACA certified...

RiverGirl Fishing Co.

Located in the historic Todd train depot. Full service fly fishing lessons/guided trips, eco-tours, canoe, kayak, tube, and bicycle...

Wahoo's Adventures

Wahoo's is the two-time winner of the "Outfitter of the Year" by professional Paddlesports Association. Wahoo's offers whitewater...

Appalachian Tubing Company

Appalachian Tubing Co. offers everything you need for a river tubing adventure, conveniently close to the town of Boone. Call in...

Some visitors, who bring their own tubes, choose to customize their adventure on the river using our Paddle Trails adventure guide. Make sure to set up a ride with a local transportation service or outfitter, as the river accesses can be several miles apart.

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. 

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


A smiling group paddles from blue kayaks on a dark green river surrounded by green trees.

New River Paddle Trail

The New River near Boone offers slow and peaceful waters and wildflower-covered banks, the perfect backdrop for a self-guided canoe ride or a lazy inner tube ride on a hot summer's day.

Preserve our Awe-Inspiring Rivers

Be sure to take the time to plan ahead before a tubing adventure. Have a transportation plan, bring a dry bag for any belongings and snacks, & be prepared to exit the water to go around low bridges along the river. Always be respectful of landowners, wildlife, and others enjoying the water.

As always, Make It Your Nature to follow the 7 Outdoor NC Principles when recreating in fragile river ecosystems.