Tubing in The Kentucky Wildlands

Want to have the best summer on the water? Grab your family and friends and head on over to the Kentucky Wildlands for the ultimate tubing experience. Spend hours at a time or stay a few days enjoying some summer fun as you drift through the cooling waters. Make your way over to Daniel Boone National forest, home to many lakes and rivers for all your tubing needs. Choose from a lazy day tubing through Cave Run Lake or cruise along the Laurel Lake River for a peaceful afternoon. Tubing is the perfect way to beat the summer heat.

Float Kentucky’s Natural Lazy River

Take a trip along the banks of the Salt River in Shepherdsville for one of the best tubing adventures in Kentucky. This family-owned hidden gem, dubbed the Awesome Lazy River, truly lives up to its name. Open weekends from mid-May to Labor day, this spot is great for a casual day out in the sun. Bring your own float or take your pick of rental tubes, from singles to doubles and even cooler tubes. Once you’re all set, head on down to begin your two-hour excursion on the river. Relax as you float along surrounded by beautiful views. Take a break and make a splash from one of the rope swings for an extra cool down. A shuttle will be waiting for you at the end of the route to take you back to your car for more outdoor activities or another ride down the river.

Discover Family Tubing Adventures

Looking for relaxation and adventure? The Sheltowee Adventure Resort has everything you need for an unforgettable tubing experience. Plan your tube trip along the Big South Fork River, one of the most scenic bodies of water in the state of Kentucky. Fun for the entire family, spend the day cooling off while drifting through the rocky cliffs and forest. Float along a portion of this 5,000-foot, natural lazy river while enjoying your surroundings. This trip can take up to two hours and covers about a mile of the river. Enjoy the best of both worlds with calming waters mixed with a few Class I and II rapids along the way. Be sure your life jacket is securely fastened before you hit the water.

Relax Down River

Spend a lazy afternoon drifting down the Cumberland River. Available when the river levels are low, this tubing adventure will have you feeling cool and refreshed. Perfect for a quick outing to escape the hot temperatures. This tube trip floats a section of the river that sits above Cumberland Falls. Enjoy viewing the underwater rock formations while relaxing on the water. The trip can take a little over an hour and can cover up to three-fourths of a mile. Make your way to the areas where the water runs deeper and swifter, or hang out in the shallows to enjoy the calmness of the river.

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