NORTH CAROLINA

A Better Place to Be; and an epic place to float.


South Fork New River

The New river is a relatively shallow river (2-8 ft) with few rapids sections to speak of. A good float for families for sure.


South TOE RIVER

This section of river isn't very well documented, so ask around before heading out. The Toe River Campground would be a good place to ask. They run tubing shuttles and will let you know the ins and outs. There are numerous rapids sections on the river, so wear a lifejacket and be careful! Get out of your tube and check out the rapids before running them if they look heavy or wrap around blind corners. Expect the whole length here to take around 6 hours. We would recommend starting with the lower route to the campground if you haven't run this before. Be mindful of the private property along much of the river and respect the neighbors.


DEEP CREEK

This float through the forest has some fun rapids on it. The higher you go the bigger the rapids get. You'll have to hike up Deep Creek Trail from the parking lot, which is only a couple miles or so. This is a pretty quick float, so plan on doing it multiple times if you have a longer day in mind.


FRENCH BROAD RIVER

A beautiful river named after some French Broad, assumedly. The full length will take about 5 hours. Jump in at a lower entrance park to shorten the float. More info on the float and bar pitstops along the way is available here


GREEN RIVER

This float through the forest has some fun rapids on it. The higher you go the bigger the rapids get. You'll have to hike up Deep Creek Trail from the parking lot, which is only a couple miles or so. This is a pretty quick float, so plan on doing it multiple times if you have a longer day in mind.


Watauga River

TThe Watauga has quite a few rapids sections, so play safe and wear a life jacket. The river outside of this section is too dangerous for tubing, so stick to this area. Old Ford Trail to Dewitt Barnett: 3 hours Dewitt Barnett to Valle Crucis Park: 1.5 hours