Lazy Day Tubing in NC

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For a one of a kind experience go river tubing on the Toe River in Western NC. We boast no crowds and gorgeous views of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina. As well as an opportunity to view wildlife and wild flowers along the banks of the river in a natural setting and the time to relax in the tranquil flow and sounds of the Toe!  Trip length vary based on water levels but expect a trip lasting 45 minutes to an hour. 

Our most popular 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 down the river.

When: Trips run several times a day. Booking in advance is required. Online bookings close 2 hours prior to each trip and will read call to book.

Where: Tubing Trips meet at Riverside Park in Spruce Pine: 503 East Tappan Street Spruce Pine NC

Cost is $20 
- Kids 5 and under Tube for free.

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 12255 HWY 226A, Spruce Pine NC 28777. Beside the Skyline Village Inn and Overlook! 

*alcohol prohibited

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Thrifty Adventures,
12255 HWY 226A, 
Spruce Pine NC 28777
Phone: (828) 260-4505
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