Top Five Places to Go River Tubing In Atlanta

With the beautiful southern weather, Atlanta is a great city to enjoy the outdoors. The Chattahoochee River is just a stone's throw from the heart of the city. So it is only natural that whenever the temperature rises, the citizens of Hotlanta pack up a cooler and make for the river. These are the top 5 best tubing spots in the city.

5) Buford Dam
This all-day float is not for the faint of heart. You drop in at Buford Dam (Lower Pool Park on Little Mill Rd.) and don't pick up again until Abbot's Bridge... a full 13 miles later. You'll need your own tube, but this is a great route full of natural beauty for a full day on the river. Just be sure to bring a fully stocked cooler, check the dam release schedule, and re-apply sun screen -- frequently.

4) Nantahala Outdoor Center
N.O.C. provides tube trips and rentals, and is the best place on the lower river. Its proximity to I-285 makes it as convenient as it is beautiful. You drop in at Johnson Ferry and meander down to Powers Island in around three hours. In addition to tubing, N.O.C. offers kayaking and stand up paddle boards if you want to mix it up a bit.

3) Medlock Bridge Park
This park, located at 141 and Chattahoochee River Duluth, GA 30097, is a great place to drop in for a nice afternoon float. Pick back up at Jones Bridge Park for a nice two hour tube ride. The parks are located a close drive to one another, so dropping off a car at the pick-up is easy. You will need your own tube for this trip as well. This part of the river is usually less crowded than others, so it is easy to enjoy a relaxing ride through nature.

2) Shoot the Hooch
Shoot the Hooch is an aptly named tube rental shop which offers a 1.5-mile float from Don White Park to Azalea Park. It is a great area of river with a slow flow and gorgeous scenery. The river is wide here, so there is plenty of room for large groups without feeling crowded. Kayak and canoe rentals are also available.

1) $10 River Tubing
This tubing company offers a multitude of short and long float routes at discount prices. The shortest trip is two hours from Rogers Bridge down to Abbotts Bridge, while the longest is six hours and goes all the way down to Medlock Bridge. They offer both open- and closed-bottom tubes, which can come in handy since the river is usually a cold 55 degrees. You can tie tubes together to create a flotilla with all your friends, and make sure to get a tube for the cooler.

Christopher Myers owns a tandem tube with a built in cooler, which he enjoys sharing with his wife. Together, they frequent the Medlock Bridge Park to Jones Bridge Park section of the Hooch.