Tubing & Swimming
Creek Tubing: A Day of Fun For About $7
Actually, the tubing is free, but the tube rentals are about $7 a day.
Tubing usually runs from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day; however depending on the weather, it can start early of continue on into September. Check with tube rental companies for specifics.
Tube rental companies are located on West Deep Creek Road, near the National Park entrance. The original black truck tubes are a thing of the past. All the vendors have light-weight inflatables with seats – which can be rented for the day.
From the parking lot at the Deep Creek trailhead, you carry your inner tube upstream less than a mile into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on the Deep Creek trail. The put-in is where Indian Creek flows into Deep Creek.
It’s advisable to wear a bathing suit or shorts, tee shirt and secure shoes. Watches and loose jewelry should be left behind, and eyeglasses should be secured with a head strap. Finally, because our mountain streams and rivers are cool, you should bring towels and a change of dry clothes.
The upper whitewater section flows from Indian Creek through the narrow Deep Creek gorge. This is a wild, bouncy ride that often separates the rider from the tube, especially when the water is swift after a rain.
At the end of the rapids section, there’s a wide, deep swimming hole that provides a relaxing break before getting back on the tube.
The lower section, which is wider, smoother and more appropriate for smaller kids, ends at the parking lot. Put-in for this section is at the swimming hole just above the first bridge. Tube rental companies are located on West Deep Creek Road, which then takes you into the National Park. From the parking lot at the Deep Creek trailhead, you carry your inner tube upstream about a mile into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on the Deep Creek trail. You can choose from different types of tubes – with seats and without – which can be rented for the day.
Click or tap to download a printable PDF map of Deep Creek’s trails and waterfalls.