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Address: 1681 Acquoni Rd, Cherokee, NC 28719-9413
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+1 828-736-4231
10:30 am - 5:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:30 am - 5:30 pm

Welcome To Cherokee Rapids. We are the biggest, best and friendliest tubing...

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 SE United States. Our Little Princess location is the only one with direct access to the Oconaluftee River. Cherokee Rapids... more rapids, more fun, longer trips, better scenery, BEST value!

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Fun for all!

We were a group of 7, 4 adults and 3 kids, ages 9, 10, and 13. We had a blast! Water is a little cold, but we adjusted after a bit. Go at your own pace, you can even take a... read more

Reviewed October 12, 2016
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Reviewed October 12, 2016 via mobile

We were a group of 7, 4 adults and 3 kids, ages 9, 10, and 13. We had a blast! Water is a little cold, but we adjusted after a bit. Go at your own pace, you can even take a floating cooler with beer!!

1 Thank Christina3737
Snow Camp
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15 reviews
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Reviewed August 29, 2016

Great Price, Great Times. About the only thing more I could ask for would be the parking.... Kind of a tight spot to get a large SUV in and out of, but besides that, it's perfect....

Thank ncjettech
Roanoke, Virginia
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67 reviews
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Reviewed August 26, 2016

We really enjoy their tubing trips, they are our preferred tubing company. Sadly for us, when we called this week we were told that they were closed for the season already. Their flyer says open from Memorial Day to Labor Day and we had scheduled our trip so that we would miss a lot of the crowds. We were very... More 

1 Thank Heather K
Charleston SC
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Reviewed August 20, 2016

We left on the second bus run at around 10am and it was a great day. Got our tubing in before the rain started. The river was beautiful and the rapids were fun and exciting. Water was cold but by take out we were warmed up nicely. They will keep your keys and you can lock the rest in the... More 

Thank Ready2Goanytime
Worcester, Massachusetts
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10 reviews
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Reviewed August 8, 2016

For 10 bucks you really get your money's worth! The water was cold at first and you can get hung up on a rock here and there where you have to scoot yourself free but this was a BLAST!!! We took our time and about 2 1/2 hours later we ended our 2 mile float. We all loved it and... More 

1 Thank redhairshanda
Orlando, Florida
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Reviewed August 7, 2016

We spent a great afternoon floating down the Oconaluftee River. With Cherokee rapids they drive you upstream, and you float down at your own pace. There are swimming holes and a rope swing you can stop at. The river level was low, so the trip was shorter than normal, but we had a great time!

Thank Diane B
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Reviewed July 29, 2016 via mobile

Hands down the best place to tube in Cherokee! Helpful staff and a great shuttle service. I was impressed with my overall trip!!!

Thank Tagan C
Greensboro, North Carolina
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26 reviews
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Reviewed July 29, 2016

We had a family of 7- 5 being children ranging in ages from 8 to 15. They all had fun...the rope swing was the best part for them. I would take a child younger than 8. My son was tethered to my tube. They were out of cords to attach him so we had some bungee cords in the car... More 

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Reviewed July 28, 2016 via mobile

I had no idea what to expect. I am 44 years old and have never done anything like this before. The river was not deep and not fast and that was a bonus in my eyes! There were some class II rapids, but that was fine. It definitely was not a lazy river where you can just float. This river... More 

Thank Natalie F
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105 reviews
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Reviewed July 27, 2016

We are 2 couples in our 50's and had an absolute blast. Refreshing way to spend a few hours on a hot summer day. The pace of the river is perfect and we laughed the whole time. Let the troubles of the day fade as you enjoy a moment in time of just plain old fun.

Thank ConnecticutTwin

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