HELEN — A must-have summer adventure, tubing is a great way to beat the heat and explore some of Georgia’s most scenic places. Surrounded by the beauty of nature, friends and family come together on the state’s rivers. From Blue Ridge and Helen to Macon, a number of outfitters rent tubes and offer transportation to the best stretches of water to enjoy.
Adventurers can tube the gentle waters of the Toccoa River near Blue Ridge for an easy-going outing suitable for the whole family. Tubing the calm waters of the Toccoa River is perfect for a relaxing day on the water with children.
Shallowford Bridge Tube Rental is one of the oldest tubing experiences in the Blue Ridge Mountains with a 1.5-hour trip down the gorgeous Toccoa River. For more thrills and excitement, Toccoa River Tubing Company offers Ocoee River rafting, zipline canopy tours, and fun floats down the scenic Toccoa River. Toccoa Valley Campground and Toccoa Wilderness Tubing also offer shuttle service for a fun day of tubing the Toccoa River. Also known for guiding whitewater rafting trips, Rolling Thunder River Company offers 1.5-mile to 3-mile tubing trips. Tubing the Toccoa River is perfect for folks with small children or those who are nervous about whitewater rafting.
In addition to wild whitewater rafting and kayaking on the Chattahoochee, Columbus Whitewater Express offers flatwater tubing during the summer months. Pair a trip down the river with ziplines, an aerial obstacle course or bike rentals to explore the city.
Dahlonega outfitters Chestatee River Adventures and Appalachian Outfitters offer tubing trips down the gorgeous Chestatee River from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. The Chestatee trip lasts about 30 minutes, but you can take a short walk back to the start and take as many turns as you like.
Just outside Historic Dahlonega, Etowah River Campground offers riverside tent and RV camping in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Etowah River tubing trips, offered from May through Labor Day, are fun for the whole family.
Find fun with friends and family floating down the Coosawatee River. Coosawatee River Tubing provides the tubes, life vests and shuttle service so you can kick back and relax for a lazy trip. Another option near Ellijay is Cartecay River Experience. Ride in the little yellow school bus and head out on the Cartecay River.
Alpine Helen is home to some of the coolest and most popular tubing adventures in the state. Surround yourself with refreshing forest scenery on a lively tubing trip down the Chattahoochee River. The hours-long trips, offered by Cool River Tubing and Helen Tubing and Waterpark, even take a turn through the middle of Helen and have optional waterslides along the way.
Take a relaxing trip down one of Georgia’s most beautiful rivers, the Ocmulgee River, in Macon with Ocmulgee Outdoor Expeditions. Whether you choose a quick float or a half-day adventure, shuttles make it easy to get back to your car after your time on the water.
Shoot the Hooch in Roswell offers short trips and all-day excursions launching from several locations on the Chattahoochee River. Just minutes from downtown Atlanta, this summertime tradition is a must-have Atlanta adventure that explores Georgia’s treasured Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. Shoot the Hooch also rents kayaks, canoes and paddleboards.
Nantahala Outdoor Center offers the majesty of the Chattahoochee on a 3.5-hour tubing trip highlighting wildlife, colorful granite outcrops and scenic forest. Tube the gentle current from the Johnson Ferry outpost to Powers Island, or enjoy class I-II whitewater from the Powers Island outpost to Paces Mill.
Trips on the Ocmulgee River with Ocmulgee Adventures range from one to four hours, with shuttles and floating coolers to make it easy and fun for everyone. Bonus: Rent your floats and browse memorabilia at the Sac-O-Suds where “My Cousin Vinny” was filmed.
Find more tubing outfitters at ExploreGeorgia.org.