Where to Go Tubing in the Roanoke Region This Summer
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.
- Alleghany Outdoors offers a unique way to tube the Jackson River. Hike your tube 1/3 of a mile up the Jackson River Scenic Trail (which is awesome to bike by the way) and then enjoy a leisurely 1.5– to 2–hour float back to your car.
- Roanoke Mountain Adventures rents tubes which allow you to float through the city giving you a totally different perspective on Roanoke. Pro-tip: Float your way to Starr Hill Brewery then walk the greenway back to where you started.
- Blue Mountain Adventure provides a unique tubing experience within Explore Park. Tube the Roanoke River…then explore Treetop Quest’s aerial adventure course…then grab a bite to eat at Twin Creeks Brugh Tavern (which opens up June 26).
- Float the Pigg River. Franklin County Parks and Recreation rents tubes (weekends only) in Waid Park. A short walk upstream gives you three distance options, each ending where you started.
- How about a “twofer” on the James River? Twin River Outfitters has a tubing package where you are shuttled upstream for a 1.5-mile float into the town of Buchanan. Grab lunch, then do it again.
- Throw in a camping trip when you tube at Wilderness Adventure. Rent a campsite and get a shuttle upstream for relaxing Craig Creek float back to your campsite.
Bonus: Where to Rent Kayaks
With 24 different creeks and rivers, and several lakes throughout the region, floating in a kayak is one of the safest ways to be physically distant from others.
And since nothing beats a day on the water, we have put together a list of places that rent kayaks.