Tubing in the Smokies
Some folks enjoying tubing on the Oconaluftee River in Cherokee on a hot summer day.
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:
Other Tubing Businesses......
Looking for a wilder river adventure? Check out our whitewater rafting page.
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