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Tubing in the Smokies

Smoky Mountain Tubing

Some folks enjoying tubing on the Oconaluftee River in Cherokee on a hot summer day. Photo by Jennifer Dunnaway.

The high elevation of the Smokies provides several mountain springs that run down the slopes and merge together into large streams and creeks, eventually becoming rivers.  Tubing down one of these scenic rivers provides a natural view of some of the fantastic views the Smoky Mountains have to offer.

Most of the picturesque streams and creeks are located in the south, near the towns of Townsend, Bryson City, and Cherokee. These rivers include Deep Creek, the Oconaluftee River, and the Little River.  Tubing can also be done, however, near Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge on the Little Pigeon River.

Select hotels have free tubing services, or, if you prefer, you can buy an inner tube at any souvenir shop.

Check out these local tubing services to help plan your trip:

Tubing Businesses...

Cherokee Rapids Add to Trip Planner
1861 Acquoni Road
Cherokee, NC  28719
828-736-4231
Website

Cowboy Tubin' Add to Trip Planner
8351 Tennessee State Highway 73
Townsend, TN  37882
865-448-6858
Website

Cozy Creek Cottages Add to Trip Planner
163 Moody Farm Road
Maggie Valley, NC  28751
828-926-1231
Website

Creekstone Inn Add to Trip Planner
4034 South River Road
Pigeon Forge, TN  37868
800-523-3919
Website

Deep Creek Lodge & Creekside Tubing Add to Trip Planner
1881 West Deep Creek Road
Bryson City, NC  28713
828-488-2587
Website

Deep Creek Tube Center & Campground Add to Trip Planner
1090 West Deep Creek Road
Bryson City, NC  28713
828-488-6055
Website

J.J.'s Tube Rentals Add to Trip Planner
1651 Toot Hollow Road
Bryson City, NC  28713
828-488-3018
Website

KOA- Cherokee Great Smokies Add to Trip Planner
92 KOA Campground Road
Cherokee, NC  28719
828-497-9711
Website

KOA- Townsend Great Smokies Add to Trip Planner
8533 Tennessee State Highway 73
Townsend, TN  37882
865-448-2241
Website

River Rage (Pigeon Forge) Add to Trip Planner
205 Pine Mountain Road
Pigeon Forge, TN  37863
865-448-8000
Website

River Rage (Townsend) Add to Trip Planner
8307 Tennessee State Highway 73 Scenic
Townsend, TN  37882
865-448-8000
Website

River Romp Add to Trip Planner
1980 Pittman Center Road
Sevierville, TN  37876
865-774-5994
Website

River Run Canoe & RaftingAdd to Trip Planner
472 Rainbow Road
Sevierville, TN  37862

Rolling Thunder River Company Add to Trip Planner
10160 Highway 19 West
Bryson City, NC  28713
800-408-7238
Website

Smoky Mountain Campground & Tube Rentals Add to Trip Planner
1840 West Deep Creek Road
Bryson City, NC  28713
828-488-3302
Website

Smoky Mountain River Rat Add to Trip Planner
205 Wears Valley Road
Townsend, TN  37882
865-448-8888
Website

Toobin' & Groovin'Add to Trip Planner
3708 Wears Valley Road
Sevierville, TN  37862
865-640-7026

Looking for a wilder river adventure? Check out our whitewater rafting page.

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