Located at 1681 Acquoni
Road. You'll find us at the end
of Acquoni Road, next to the
bridge/river in the Little
Princess Restaurant parking
lot. Just park at the Little
Princess and we'll take care
of the rest.  This location offers both routes.

Cherokee Rapids
1681 Acquoni Road
PO Box 2242
Cherokee, NC 28719


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Welcome To Cherokee Rapids

We are the biggest, best and friendliest tubing and kayaking outfitter in Cherokee, North Carolina — home to the Oconaluftee River, which is widely known as one of the cleanest, clearest and most beautiful rivers in the SE United States. Our Little Princess location is the only one with direct access to the Oconaluftee River.

Cherokee Rapids... more rapids, more fun, longer trips, better scenery, BEST value!

“Big Cove” Route

This is our most popular route and the longest trip in Cherokee. All aboard our bus as we drive you two miles up Big Cove Road for a relaxing, fun-filled float down the Oconaluftee River. This trip is all nature, floating you through numerous swimming holes, fun rapids, an awesome rope swing and more. Usually a two-hour float time (depending on water conditions), but feel free to get out and play... you’re done when you float back to us (and your car). See map

“Island” Route

Drop in the river at our Little Princess location and float down to the Oconaluftee Islands River Park  for a full two mile float.  Park at either location and we will take care of the rest. This trip is usually reserved for guests with small children, non-swimmers, and our kayaks. It's a two-hour float time for tubes / 1+ hour for kayaks (depending on water conditions) and is a calmer ride with less type-II rapids. See map

Hours of Operation
(weather permitting)
Open daily 10:30 am to 5:30 pm
Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend

We Still Have The Same Low Price!

Back by popular demand, for the seventh straight year, Cherokee Rapids is holding its price to $10 a person. We are one of Cherokee's cheapest and best ways to spend 2-3 hours.

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