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Near Boone NC, Banner Elk, Bristol VA, Kingsport TN, Elizabethton TN


Lazy river tubing mixed with a little whitewater excitement


This trip is only available on SUNDAY specific dates

June 6, 2021 @ 1:00,

JUNE 13, 2021 @ 1:00,   

JUNE 20, 2021 @ 1:00,

JULY 4, 2021 @ 1:00, 

 AUGUST 22, 2021 @ 1:00, 

 SEPTEMBER 12, 2012 @ 1:00, 

 SEPTEMBER 19, 2021 @ 1:00

 TVA will not be generating water from Wilbur Dam





River Tubing on Watauga River is a step up from lazy river tubing you will encounter slow moving water in some spots and a few easy whitewater section in others.  Watauga Kayak has crystal clear cold water making this a perfect way to cool off during the hot summer days. This is a great trip for more active families looking to have fun for a few hours on the river.  This trip is recommend for physically active individuals in good health, and children that are old enough to paddle (normally 7 and up) by them self, or be towed by a parent (must be at least 4). You are responsible for yourself and your child each will have a PFD (life Jacket) which must be worn at all times, a paddle that will help you steer so you may avoid  rocks, trees, and bushes that may be in or along side the river bank.  A perfect river tubing trip for families wanting to have fun and enjoy the scenery and each other. No room for coolers, and no alcohol please this is a family afternoon of river tubing adventures.  A guide will be with the group as a whole, giving instructions and assisting you if needed.  This is the only lazy & whitewater river tube float trip offered near Boone, Banner Elk, Blowing Rock, North Carolina and Johnson City, Bristol Raceway, Kingsport, TN. 


(423) 542 6777

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"Sometimes, we are so attached to our way of life that we turn down wonderful opportunities simply  
because we don't know what to do with it."

- Like the Flowing River
Paulo Coelho

Watauga Kayak offers a  Guided River Tubing Trips


Watauga Kayak offers guided River Tube Trips near Boone and Banner Elk NC, in Elizabethton, Tennessee for adults and children wanting a little more excitement on a river tubing float trip.   Enjoy GOD's Creations and Live Life at it's fullest.  One guide is with each tubing group assisting as needed. These trips are fun, and easy, but its no Disney Ride! this is nature at its best and anything could happen so you must take responsibility  for your  actions you're in the wild.  You may see deer, beaver, water fowl, and even a bear.  Each person must take responsibility for them self and follow all the instructions to make this a fun experience. 

Trip starts at Siam Bridge and ends at our Watauga Kayak Shop approximately 4 miles which may take anywhere from 2 hours to 4 hours to float. This is a mix of slow moving water, and faster moving water which will take you thru some class I and low class II whitewater rapids.  The water is cold but refreshing on hot summer days making this the perfect Sunday afternoon adventure, the water level is low since TVA is NOT generating water like they do for our rafting trips.  A great tubing trip filled with splashes and family fun.   These tubes have bottoms, and are 44" - 54" around making it a great way to float the river.


River Tubing Trips are perfect for a day of fun and relaxing looking at wildflowers, birds, and individuals wanting to look for wildlife such as beaver, heron, rainbow trout, bear, deer along the shore line.  This is a perfect guided tubing trip for families wanting to relax and enjoy a quite peaceful time on the river, or make it a splash a long with your group, it's what you make of it to create the perfect day.  As we tube down the Watauga River you will be enchanted with the rivers beauty many different varieties of wildflowers  abound during, spring, summer, and fall seasons.  See large rock formations, wet lands, and underwater aquatic  foliage a treat for all.   You will also be in rocky areas with lower water that you may have to walk to get near deeper pools to float your tube, this is what tubing is all about fun and laughs for all a great adventure for adults and children 7 and up.    Each participate should know how to swim. 


Watauga River Elizabethton, Tennessee has many Indian arrow head along the rivers edge where the Cherokee Indiana's used to travel the area and fish if you're lucky you may find one. 


Watauga Kayak uses the most up to date equipment, and all our equipment and gear is cleaned daily.   We keep our equipment in top shape for our customers comfort and use.  On this trip you will have a tube, paddle, PFD that must be worn at all times, and transportation with a guide to assist as needed.

The Perfect River Tube Trip

Great Family Fun $25.00

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