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Loafers Glory Rafting and Tubing

Bakersville, NC, USA
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About Loafers Glory Rafting and Tubing
The mountains of Western North Carolina are the ideal backdrop for your adventure filled vacation. We offer fun for the whole family with age 4 rafting and tubing on the Toe River.
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karenhill87 wrote a review Jul 2021
karenhill8715 contributions14 helpful votes
Great experience tubing here -- peaceful, crystal clear water, gorgeous sparkling stones on the bottom, plus a few fun mini-rapids and places to swim or picnic. "Local Dave" signed us in & "Oklahoma Dave" shuttled us to the put-in and take-out points, stopping along the way to show us points of interest we'd want to know as we floated. Everyone was really welcoming and professional. Trip takes about 2 hours (1 mile per hour speed) but Oklahoma Dave encouraged us to take as long as we wanted, i.e. to stop and hang out or swim. He said, "It's your float -- enjoy it!" Even though the time was variable, he was right there with the van to pick us up as our group finished. Water temperature was bracing but still fine for people who don't love cold water. Tube ride is smooth enough that you can wear a hat & sunglasses (probably best with straps) and you won't lose them. This would be a great trip for anyone of almost any age -- preschoolers to seniors, because it's easy to stay in the tube on this river. NOTE: Be sure to wear plenty of sunscreen -- not a lot of shade on the river. (It's cool and lovely, so you might not realize your getting burned -- we wore 30 SPF on our faces, 50 on our legs, plus longsleeve rashguards, then reapplied face sunscreen midway through and were fine. But one or two tiny spots we missed around our ankles did get red). Bonus: There was a GREAT inexpensive local restaurant across the street called Bonnie and Clyde's, where you can eat when you finish.
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Date of experience: July 2021
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Hendrika R wrote a review Aug 2020
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We had a lot of fun in the tubes drifting down the river with some mild rapids. The water was nice and cool. Wear water shoes. We came in flip flops ok but water shoes would be better. Our ride to the river was fun and the driver pointed out the best spots to slide! When in Bakersville this is a wonderful activity. Good COVID-19 precautions as well. Thank you for that!
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Date of experience: August 2020
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mdclemens wrote a review Jun 2020
Kingsport, Tennessee6 contributions
If you are looking for a relaxing getaway from the city, this is it! Teenagers loved it. Parents loved it. Gorgeous scenery.
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Date of experience: June 2020
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BerryPatch4 wrote a review Jul 2019
North Carolina49 contributions17 helpful votes
I just returned home from a quick tubing trip in the mountains with my family. We had a great experience with Loafers Glory. Friendly staff and very accommodating......even on a holiday. The trip down the river took about an hour and a half, but we didn’t stop for very long along the way. There were a couple of small sandy beaches and rocks to stop at. We will be visiting again soon!
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Date of experience: July 2019
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AM3 wrote a review Jun 2019
Salisbury, North Carolina196 contributions128 helpful votes
We've been tubing with several different tubing companies and on several different rivers here in North Carolina. The Loafers Glory Tubing experience was BY FAR the best trip from start to finish. The drive in from Asheville was easy and beautiful (to do most anything and outdoorsy from Asheville, you can pretty much count on a 45+ minute drive...). The owners and their employees are nice and knowledgeable of the area. The Toe River is clean and clear, and a fun depth for tubing. There are several fast-moving/rapid-like areas which are a nice addition to the slow-moving float. We stopped at "Goose Poop Rock" for a picnic--definitely make a plan and take a cooler for a pause along your trip. The Toe also has several deeper pools of water for swimming. We never had to get out of our tube and drag ourselves along the way--and I didn't feel dirty or grimy getting out of the river. This experience was wonderful from start to finish, and we will definitely go back for another tubing experience. Try Loafers Glory. These guys are GOOD.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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