Tubing is a relaxing way to spend the day on the river. Pack a cooler, put on some sunscreen, grab a water bottle, and hit the river. The Roanoke Region has distinctly different options to choose from for your next tubing adventure on the Roanoke River, James River, New River or one of the bigger creeks in the region, such as Craig Creek.
The James River begins its journey in Botetourt County, winding through the Allegheny and Blue Ridge Mountains on its way to the Chesapeake Bay. The unspoiled beauty of the river is more accessible than ever through the Upper James River Water Trail. Paddlers, anglers and families can get back to nature and enjoy the sights and sounds of 45 miles of the Upper James, including 14 pristine miles designated as a Virginia Scenic River.
Tubing from the Pembroke Boat Landing through the shoals and back to New River’s Edge is get fun for all ages. Unguided activities included with the cabin are canoeing, tubing, kayaking, basketball, crochet, horseshoes, and picnicking. Guided raft, canoe, kayak, and fishing trips are also available for a fee.
Roanoke Mountain Adventures is a full service outfitter offering guided trips for mountain biking, road cycling, paddleboarding, kayaking and other activities. In addition RMA offers shuttles, instructional clinics and rentals for all their outdoor gear. They also have an Outdoor Gear Consignment shop at their location, selling used boats, bikes, outerwear and other outdoor gear.
The Roanoke River offers a unique combination of urban, front country, and back country recreation opportunities in the upper Roanoke River watershed. Enjoy canoeing, kayaking, fishing, tubing, wading, wildlife viewing, and watershed education with convenient access to other outdoor and cultural amenities.
The Pigg River through Waid Park is perfect for no shuttle needed family tubing. Calm water and several sections of ripples make for an extremely enjoyable 1 mile float. There are 3 put in options available, allowing tubers the flexibility to customize the distance and duration of their time on the water. Remember to keep your bottom up and feet first throughout the float.
Tubing on the Pigg is provided by Franklin County Parks and Recreation.
Twin River Outfitters is a full-service paddlesports business that rents canoes, kayaks, tubes, and rafts on the James, Maury, Jackson, and Cowpasture rivers. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains — only 25 minutes from Downtown Roanoke — Twin River is one of the largest river outfitters in the area. Established in 1978, TRO is an experienced river based business that runs a variety of safe, scenic, and fun river trips that appeal to all skill levels. In addition to a variety of day trips, they also offer multi-day and overnight trips that include riverside camping.
River tubing trips are 1.5 to 3 miles in length and feature great current, easy fun rapids, and typically great water levels all summer long. Trips include shuttles, life jackets, and commercial grade river tubes.
Located 40 minutes from downtown Roanoke in scenic Craig County, Wilderness Adventure at Eagle Landing is a full-service outdoor adventure center, summer adventure camp, and retreat center. Wilderness Adventure at Eagle Landing specializes in creating custom adventure programs for groups ranging from two to 100 people.
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