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Cherokee Rapids Tube & Kayak Rentals

Open Now: 10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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Cherokee Rapids Tube & Kayak Rentals
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“tubing trip”(3 reviews)
Welcome To Cherokee Rapids. We are the biggest, best and friendliest tubing and kayaking outfitter in Cherokee, North Carolina — home to the Oconaluftee River, which is widely known as one of the cleanest, clearest and most beautiful rivers in the...more
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1681 Acquoni Rd, Cherokee, NC 28719-9413
+1 828-736-4231
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been going tubing with Cherokee Rapids on the Oconaluftee for YEARS and love both the river and the company. They bus you up a couple of miles and then it takes 2-3 hours to float back down. Notice that it is called "rapids"...More

Thank adarkhart
Reviewed 9 September 2018

Enjoyed it very much. Water was higher than usual due to rains so water was a little swifter than previuis trips.

Thank dmaste
Reviewed 27 June 2018 via mobile

My family of 4 went tubing with Cherokee Rapids Tube and Kayak Rentals. We enjoyed every minute of it! There were parts that were nice and easy interrupted by some fun but not serious rapids. Close to the end there is a rope swing which...More

4  Thank KarenT380
Reviewed 12 June 2018 via mobile

I have always enjoyed tubing and rafting and understand the dangers. Scrapes, bruises, etc. I really feel like a tubing company should regularly check their route for potential hazards especially being that small children often partake in this activity. I have no complaints about the...More

9  Thank Missy D
Reviewed 31 July 2017 via mobile

Rented tubes, not the most organized but we got to tube. No one mentioned the danger of the rocks near the bridge. Could have been bad. According to the local paramedic who was hiking and help us get our kids to safety...this happens quite frequently...More

4  Thank Lynn S
Reviewed 27 July 2017 via mobile

I did this tour by myself as hubby doesn't care for the water. You pay $12, ride the bus to the put-in spot, and carry your tube to the river. Wear closed toed water shoes as the rocks can be quite slippery. I wore flip...More

1  Thank 2froggy4u
Reviewed 26 July 2017 via mobile

My husband and I brought our 2 grandchildren here- 9&11 yrs old. What a blast! My husband and grandchildren loved jumping from the rope into the river. Lucky there was a young man who is gave everyone tips on how to swing and land in...More

3  Thank 2013character
Reviewed 24 July 2017

This is a NO-RESERVATION activity. Bring; hat (if you like), sunglasses, sunscreen, water bottle, rope, water shoes or sandals, snacks. Put sunscreen on before you leave. Have towels for when you return (maybe even a change of clothes) Wear water shoes or sandals with ankle...More

3  Thank urbancreations
Reviewed 20 July 2017

I preferred to rent a kayak for my adventure down the Oconaluftee River, but the young lady who was working on Tuesday, July17th told me there weren't any kayaks available. I went ahead and bought a $12 ticket which was for a "tube with a...More

2  Thank Michael D
Reviewed 8 July 2017

This float trip is not a lazy river where you leisurely float along. The Oconoluftee River is fast flowing river and you can and most likely will get knocked out of your tube. But don't let that stop you, it is so much fun. The...More

1  Thank mweathers07
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21 July 2017|
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Response from Michael D | Reviewed this property |
There is a public restroom across the parking lot from where you pay to go tubing. It's a large enough restroom for a family to change clothes. In fact, there is a sliding partition to separate boys from the girls as the... More
19 January 2017|
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Response from Diane B | Reviewed this property |
even though the water level was low when we went, I would recommend against it. If it is allowed, it would be unlikely that you could keep a cooler with you over the rapids.