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You don't need to know how to swim to take a tubing trip, but you should not be afraid of the water and you cannot go out alone. 

The river is NOT an amusement park, it's a natural environment. There are rocks, wildlife,  and potentially other items people have left behind, like glass. Be aware of your surroundings while you are on the water. 

Our tubing trips are unguided, therefore there are no staff members on the water to assist you. If you are going out with a group of children, we recommend making sure you have enough adults going out to help manage the group.  

Be respectful to others on the water and our local community. Everyone wants to enjoy the river!

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.

Things to Bring

North Carolina River Riders

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

Perfect for partnering up; canoes build life-long memories for two! Work on teamwork and communication as you make your way down a mild section of water. You should probably bring a cooler and a fishing pole. 


Price: Weekdays $38 / Saturday $40 (per person)
Choose your trip: Full Day (6.5 miles), Half Day (4.5 miles) or Express (2.5 miles)

Departure Time: Trips depart daily, 10 am - 3 pm / Full and Half Day trips depart by 11 am.

North Carolina River Riders

Have your own gear? Park at our place and let us do the shuttling for you. You can catch a shuttle with one of of scheduled departures or we can customize the ride to meet your needs.  


Price: $10 (per person) with existing trip

Departure Time: Trips depart daily, 10 am - 3 pm.

If you do not have your own type III PFD (life jacket) one will be provided for you.

Ready for a good paddle? So are we! Our kayaks will make you want to take a sick day and hit the river. Go ahead, we won't tell. Choose the best trip length for you. 


Price: Weekdays $38 / Saturday $40 (per person)
Choose your trip: Full Day (6.5 miles), Half Day (4.5 miles) or Express (2.5 miles)

Departure Time: Trips depart daily, 10 am - 3 pm /Full and Half Day trips depart by 11 am.

Choose Your Adventure 

Things to Know

It's a North Carolina fact that hot, humid days are best spent floating on the water. All you need to do is kick back and let the river work it's magic. Whether you like soaking in the heat, cooling off in the current, or taking in the scenery, the Yadkin is calling your name! North Carolina River Riders offers tubes, kayaks, canoes and shuttles to those who seek to escape on the river! We provide the shuttle and personal flotation device. All you have to do is show up and enjoy!


North Carolina River Riders will also be offering package deals for groups of 10 or more. Perfect for friends, families, wedding parties, religious and scout groups, sports teams and outings.

A beginner friendly trip, perfect for those looking to unplug from a busy week. Relax and enjoy a float. One of the best decisions you could make all summer. Choose the best trip length for you. 


Price: Weekdays $16 / Saturday $18 (per person)

Choose your trip: 2.5 hours (4.5 miles) or 1.5 hours (2.5 miles)

Departure Time: Trip depart daily, 10 am - 3 pm

Bring shoes that will stay on your feet in the river. Flip flops will not stay on your feet in the river, no matter how bad you want them to. We swear! We suggest old sneakers, water shoes, or sports sandals. Wearing secure shoes will help protect your feet and keep the river clean. Because you're so responsible, you'll probably also pack sunblock, towels, a change of clothes, water, and snacks. All good ideas.  

If you're bringing something on the river with you, you'll want to make sure you can keep it dry. And don't forget the trash bags!