Traveling down the Chattahoochee by inner tube or raft is a great way to cool off. Do it yourself, or visit one of these companies for a relaxing day on the river.

Cool River Tubing, Helen

This tubing company sits right in the German-inspired town of Helen, and also has a zip line, water slide and climbing areas. After snaking down the Chattahoochee River, explore the town and have a taste of German food.
Cost: Purchase tickets at the Headwaters or Chattahoochee Outposts, and the Main Street Booth. $8 per person for a single-tube trip; $12 per person for all-day tubing; prices vary for other activities.
The Details: Open daily, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. The minimum age for tubing is 3.

$10 River Tubing, Duluth

If you want a river tubing experience close to home, try this tubing company. They provide the life vests, tubes and shuttle service needed for a day on the river. Cost: $10 per person for a two-hour trip.
The Details: Open daily, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (last trip at 4:30 p.m.)

DIY Shoot the ‘Hooch

The Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area is open for rafting and tubing from dawn to dusk during the summer; all you need is a life vest and raft or tube. Parking is $5 at any of the parking lot access points. Make sure to leave a second car where you decide to end on the river.

Check weather reports and call for dam water release information: This provides recommended calm water times for floating. Buford Dam: 1-855- 326-3569. Make sure you are in a safe location when the river begins to rise.

Minimum age to float down the river varies if renting supplies from a company; if not, it is up to parental discretion.

Ages 12 and younger must wear a life vest at all times. Ages 13 and older must have one in the raft or tube.

Rubber-soled shoes are a must for tackling slippery rocks.

Where to Go:

Abbotts Bridge to Medlock Bridge, 4 miles; 3-4 hours.

Medlock Bridge to Jones Bridge, 3 miles; 1.5-2 hours.

Morgan Falls Dam to Johnson Ferry, 2 miles; 1-2 hours.

Johnson Ferry to Powers Island, 3.5 miles; 2-4 hours.

Powers Island to Paces Mill, 3 miles; 1-3 hours.

Visit nps.gov or call 678-538-1200 for more information.

Need Equipment?

Visit one of Shoot the Hooch’s outfitters located along the River for tube, kayak, raft, canoe and paddle board rentals. They offer reservations and shuttle options.

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