We've headed to Helen every summer for the past 10 years, tubing with Cool River every year (the guys with the blue and green tubes)! The staff is always friendly, the tubes are always top quality, the river is always clean and fun - whether the water is way up (like it was this year) or way low. Expect about a 2 hour ride on the long-ride and invest in a push stick! You get to keep it and it will help you break free from rocks and stay off the banks. I love, love, love "shooting the Hooch" in Helen and think EVERYONE should do it. We have yet to take our children and won't until they're at least 11 or 12 because you really need a good sense of self-control and situational awareness. The river is wild and there are no lifegaurds - it's not whitewater rafting, but it's no waterpark either. Be smart, wear swim clothes and bring a change of street clothes and you'll have a great time!
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