Lazy Day Tubing in NC

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For a one of a kind experience go tubing on the North Toe River in Western NC. We boast no crowds and gorgeous views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The river offers an opportunity to view wildlife and wild flowers along the banks of the river in a natural setting and time to relax in the tranquil flow and sounds of the Toe! The trip has a few small rapids and ledges the kids will love. All tubing trips begin at swimming holes that you can return to after your tube trip and swim till your hearts content or the kids are worn out!

This trip has two take-outs that allow guests to choose how long they want to be on the river. Take-out 1 is a 1.5-2.5 hour trip that takes out at one of the areas few remaining suspension bridges with a lower price and a short walk back to the Thrifty Adventures Outpost. Take-out 2 is a 3-4 hour trip that includes a round trip shuttle.

Trip times are dependent on water levels. For example high water trips will run faster and low water trips will be a bit longer.

Trips are great for families and younger children; kids under 5 tube for free but must be in a parents lap!

Our most asked question: Is the water cold? To answer this, keep in mind the river has several springs that feed it making the temps cooler as well as it being a mountain river. Temps are cooler in April and May (mid 50s-mid 60s) and tend to warm in June-August (upper 60s to upper 70s) cooling again in September and October. Depending on where you are from you might think it is a bit cooler than others…..for example we find it refreshing but if you are from further south you might find it a bit cool.

The Toe River is a world Class Trout River; hosting an annual Trout Fishing contest. The river is also home to the Hell Bender; which has recently been taken off the endangered species list, though its habitats are still threatened. This salamander can grow up to 2 feet long and is known by locals as a water dog, mud puppy, snot otter and devil dog. The sign of this creature shows the health and cleanliness of the river. The river is also frequented by eagles, deer, osprey, Hawks, bear and beavers. You might catch a glimpse of a few of these while you are tubing.

When, Where and How much: 

Where: Trips meet at the Thrifty Adventures Office at 1173 Whitson Branch Rd, Bakersville NC 28705

When: May-September with several daily trip times

The tubing season is based on when the weather is warm enough and when it begins to get cold for guest safety and comfort.


Trip 1: (3-4 hours) $20 includes round trip shuttle

Trip 2: (1.5-2.5 hours) $15 includes short walk back to Thrifty Adventures outpost

Items to bring: swim suite, sunscreen, towels, waterproof camera, water shoes, sunglasses with retention strap, extra contacts if you wear them, and any medicines you might need, and water. 


Most of the items to bring can be purchased at our office's "Little Hike Shop". The Shop is located at 1173 Whitson Branch Rd. Bakersville NC 28705. 

*alcohol prohibited

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Thrifty Adventures,
1173 Whitson Branch Rd.
Bakersville NC 28705
Phone: (828) 260-4505
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