Tubing in Helen, Georgia

Tubing on the Chattahoochee River in Helen, Georgia

Tubing in Georgia: A Must-have Summer Adventure

Up for adventure but in a lazy kind of way? Tubing in Georgia is just the thing!

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 our 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.

Toccoa River Tubing Company
Toccoa River Tubing Company

Blue Ridge & McCaysville

Tube the gentle waters of the Toccoa River near Blue Ridge for an easy-going adventure suitable for the whole family. Tubing the calm waters of the Toccoa River is perfect for a relaxing day on the river with children. Toccoa River Tubing Company offers Ocoee River rafting, zipline canopy tours, and fun floats down the scenic Toccoa River. Toccoa Valley Campground also offers 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.

Two girls tubing on the Chattahoochee River in Columbus, Georgia. Photo courtesy Whitewater Express
Tubing on the Chattahoochee River in Columbus, Georgia. Photo courtesy Whitewater Express

Columbus

In addition to wild whitewater rafting and kayaking on the Chattahoochee, Whitewater Express offers flatwater tubing during the summer months. Pair a trip down the river with ziplines, aerial obstacle course or bike rentals to explore the city. The two-hour tube rentals allow for plenty of time to explore and float down a one-mile stretch of flat water. Rentals are available on weekends — weather permitting.

Tubing on the Chestatee River in Dahlonega. Photo courtesy Appalachian Outfitters
Tubing on the Chestatee River in Dahlonega, Georgia. Photo courtesy Appalachian Outfitters

Dahlonega

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! 

Sign at Cartecay River Experience in Ellijay, Georgia
Cartecay River Experience in Ellijay, Georgia

Ellijay

Find fun with friends and family floating down the Cartecay River! Ride in the Cartecay River Experience's little yellow school bus and head out for a day on the water. Open daily Memorial Day through Labor Day, and off-season hours may vary, so call before your trip. They even offer shuttle service year-round with advance notice, so you can go tubing any time of year.

Tubing in Helen, Georgia
Tubing in Helen, Georgia

Helen

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!

Group tubing on the Chattachoochee River in Roswell, Georgia
Tubing on the Chattachoochee River in Roswell, Georgia

Metro Atlanta

Just minutes from downtown Atlanta, this summertime tradition is a must-have Atlanta adventure that explores our treasured Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. 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!

Find more tubing outfitters on ExploreGeorgia.org.

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Published: August 2021
Written by: Candy Cook