Tubing has become a yearly tradition for Ashevillians and visitors alike, especially now that the weather has warmed up. Tubing provides an all day date, combining the relaxation of floating along the French Broad with eats and drinks from some of Asheville’s riverside favorites. What’s better than sunshine, brews, and music after a day spent lounging on the river?
The French Broad River is the 3rd oldest river in the world, six miles of which flow through Asheville. The river flows through Buncombe County receiving water from the Swannanoa River. Floaters will pass by a plethora of artist studios, breweries, and forests.
Jean Webb Park
For those wanting a short ride, Jean Webb will allow you to enjoy the fun of a quick float down the river, with rides lasting around 45 minutes. You’ll pass through New Belgium Brewing, the second largest craft brewery in the United States.
TIP: New Belgium hosts RiverMusic & RiverFest, a concert series that takes place monthly from June to September which will feature musical acts such as Tony Furtado and The Mattson 2. The annual Anything That Floats Parade is held every August and is also held at New Belgium Brewing.
30 Riverside Drive, Asheville
Located on Amboy Rd. and Michigan Ave. in West Asheville, Carrier Park is the most popular point to get on the water for DIY tubers. Your time on the river will last about an hour and a half, with get off points at Wedge Brewing and Bywater. Zen Tubing and Sky Tubing offers rentals and shuttles along Carrier Park as well.
220 Amboy Road, Asheville
Hominy Creek River Park
Getting on at Hominy Creek will provide you the longest time on the river, where you can expect to spend between 3-4 hours in the sunshine floating along. French Broad Outfitters has a Hominy Creek location offering tube rentals as well as live music, a covered picnic area, and food trucks. Asheville Outdoor Center offers tube rentals as well.
194 Hominy Creek Road, Asheville
Riverkeeper Beer Series Pickup, Paddle, Party- HiWire
August 25, 1-5:30pm
The Riverkeeper Beer Series Pickup, Paddle, Party-HiWire is the perfect opportunity to enjoy a day on the river and help keep it beautiful with your love. Not only will you be doing a good deed but you’ll also enjoy an afternoon of Riverkeeper Beer at the after party and the chance to win prizes for weirdest trash, most tires collected, and more. Boats and paddling gear will be provided but you’re welcome to bring your own if you like.
230 Hominy Creek Road, Asheville
South Asheville Tubing
For a slower pace with a natural setting, Zen Tubing offers a put in location near the NC Arboretum, with a shuttle back. Lazy Otter Outfitters offers a two hour float along Horse Shoe Bend starting and ending at Westfeldt Park, a stone’s throw from Sierra Nevada Brewery.
Wedge Brewing Company
Located in the River Arts District, Wedge Brewing is one of the most popular exiting points for tubers. The three-story building is home to a multiple of artist studios, with the first level housing the brewery, tasting room, and their large outdoor seating area. Wedge brews small batch beers including Payne’s Pale Ale, Julian Price Pilsner and their 10th Anniversary Ale. There is no need to travel elsewhere to grab a bite, as there are a number of food trucks on site regularly to satisfy your appetite in a variety of cuisines. Food trucks include Tin Can Pizzeria, El Querubin, Root Down, and El Kimchi. Full food truck schedule and information on upcoming live entertainment can be found on their Facebook page.
37 Paynes Way Suite 001, Asheville
Walkable, casual places to eat near Wedge Brewing:
White Duck Taco
White Duck Taco River Arts location is in the Hatchery Studios, serving up unique taco selections such as Mushroom Potato with Romesco, Banh Mi Tofu, Korean Beef Bulgogi and Lump Crab. The restaurant offers a casual experience and features a courtyard, picnic tables and umbrellas for shade.
1 Roberts Street, Asheville
All Souls Pizza
All Souls Pizza emphasizes quality, using locally sourced meats and produce when possible. Their menu includes 9 wood-fired pizzas, pressed sandwiches, and several appetizers to choose from.
175 Clingman Avenue, Asheville
The Bywater is located on the banks of the French Broad River and is another local favorite for put out. They offer a full bar, along with Sackett Street BBQ every Thursday-Sunday, 12pm-9pm or until sell out. Their courtyard is the perfect place to enjoy a Dirty French Broad, some live music, and relax riverside.
796 Riverside Drive, Asheville
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