5 Best Tubing Places in Florida
The famed Ichetucknee river is one of the most popular for tubing and other activities in the state. Due to the popularity and fragile ecosystem, only a limited number of tubers are allowed per day. Be sure to arrive early (by or before 9 AM on weekends) to make sure you’ll get a spot. The crystal-clear waters are said to be an effective cure for stress, so get out on the water! Camp Folks is headed to Ichetucknee for a tubing day trip June 5th – book now, seats are limited!
Spring Creek and Chipola River (Bear Paw)
For Tallahassee and Leon County locals, this is a river that hardly needs introduction. Although the entirety of the river is a whopping 94 miles in length, the popular and widely-used paddling/tubing trail is much shorter, and takes around 3 ½ hours to complete. Don’t forget that Camp Folks offers tube trips down Spring Creek and Chipola River every Friday throughout the summer!
Set in an unusually hilly part of Florida, this 19-mile creek is lined with high (sometimes 30-ft!) bluffs and has one of the swiftest currents in Florida, clocking in at blazing speeds of over 3 mph. Mini-rapids along the creek make for a bumpy and exciting tube or paddle adventure, as you navigate over fallen logs and shallow river bottoms. Some private houses have been built along the river, but the folks here are friendly. In addition, you can enjoy a unique landscape of hardwood hammocks and upland pine forests. Join Camp Folks June 25-26 for a tubing and camping experience on Coldwater Creek!
Santa Fe River
Originating not in Santa Fe, NM, but Lake Santa Fe, FL, this river stretches for 75 miles from east to west across several counties. An interesting fact about this river is that it goes underground for about three miles at O’Leno State Park, and comes back out the other side wide and clear, perfect for tubing or paddling. The river is named after a Spanish mission that was once located near the river. Ginnie Springs is located on the Santa Fe River, offering a short tube run to visitors of the private campground and recreation area. Hitch a ride with Camp Folks for our Adult Summer Camp at Ginnie Spring on June 11-12 and experience the Santa Fe River for yourself!
No, it’s not a level in Mario Kart. This is a spring-fed river that runs through Dunellon, Florida, just east of Ocala. Winding for 5.7 miles, with 73-degree water year-round, this river has enjoyed popularity since the late 1800’s, when phosphate was discovered in the area, but was developed as a tourist attraction in the 1930’s. During the 60’s, it grew as a roadside attraction, offering visitors glass-bottom boat, log raft, and submarine tours, as well as a horse rodeo, aviary, and reptile exhibit. However, in 1974, the attraction closed down when nearby Disney World began to draw more attention. Today, the river is a Registered Natural Landmark, an Aquatic Preserve, an “Outstanding Florida Waterway,” and a Florida State Park, open to the public year-round. Coming soon to a Camp Folks excursion?! We’ve added it to our bucket list.