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