How to Do The Love Float

The Love Float is a self-guided tubing trip on the Roanoke River that ends at Starr Hill Brewery.

It’s called The Love Float for two reasons: It gives you a fun outing with those you love while staying cool, plus a dollar for every pint of The Love beer sold during the month of June benefits the Roanoke Outside Foundation and July benefits Roanoke Parks and Recreation. (Thanks, Starr Hill!)

  1. Call your friends and set a date and time.
  2. Buy or rent a floating apparatus (Roanoke Mountain Adventures rents tubes).
  3. Set a shuttle. We recommend meeting in The Bridges Kayak Launch parking lot next to Honey Tree Early Learning Center. (Note: This is where you will get out of the river at the end of your float). Leave at least one car here (and a change of clothes), then use another vehicle to drive upriver to where you’ll start your float.
  4. Choose where to start. For a 1.5 hour float (depending on water level), we recommend starting somewhere in the Wasena Park area perhaps at Roanoke Mountain Adventures.
  5. Float.
  6. Don’t forget you’ll have to portage around a low-water bridge in Smith Park (see map below).
  7. Get out of the river, walk over to Starr Hill, and enjoy a pint of The Love – it’s for a good cause.
  8. Repeat.

Make the most of your trip with these pro tips: Bring a waterproof speaker along, double Ziploc bag your cell phone, and call Roanoke Mountain Adventures to verify water levels are optimal.