North Carolina River Riders

Tubing, Kayaking, Canoeing on the Yadkin River, Near Elkin, NC

About Us

Open Daily

Trips Departing 10 am -3 pm

Custom Trip Departures Available


Weekdays $16 per person
Saturday $18 per person

Weekdays $38 per person
Saturday $40 per person

Weekdays $38 per person/ $76 per canoe 
Saturday $40 per person/ $80 per canoe

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North Carolina River Riders

Tim Main, owner and operator of North Carolina River Riders, comes to Elkins from Harpers Ferry, WV. While living in West Virginia Tim worked all aspects of the outdoor adventure industry and has over 20 years of experience guiding on the Shenandoah and Gauley Rivers. 

Opening this outfit on the Yakin River has been a life long vision for Main. His love for the outdoors is contagious. By providing tubing trips on the Yadkin, Main hopes to help people connect with nature and enjoy an active lifestlye. He also hopes to educate his guests about the local environment and how to preserve one of the best natural features of the Yadkin Valley.

Tim has trained hundreds of river guides, provided river rescue training to local fire departments, facilitated adventure based team building, and managed operations of busy outfitters. You can find Tim featured in travel segments on ABC, NBC, FOX television affiliates, and the Travel Channel. Tim also had the pleasure of hosting a historical river tour for the National Geographic Channel! 

Read more about North Carolina River Riders in The Elkin Tribune.


Our mission statement and guiding principles produce top quality results with safety first.

Mission Statement:

North Carolina River Riders is dedicated in creating cherished, lifelong memories by providing safe experiences that exceed our guests expectations.

Our Guiding Principles:

We support a fun yet professional staff that fosters respect and appreciation for the rivers in North Carolina. Our major objective is to maintain and protect the environment we cherish.