River tubing with cape fear river adventures in lillington, NC

River Tubing Express

  • Activities

    River tubing

  • Duration

    1/2 mile; up to 2 hours

  • River features

    slow moving flat water

  • Skill level


  • Age


  • Weight limit


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Trip Cost
Prices are per person and include life jacket, tube, shuttle, and safety brief

River Tubing Express on Cape Fear River

The half-mile river tubing express trip on the Cape Fear River in Lillington offers a thrilling and refreshing adventure for anyone looking to cool off on a hot summer day. The journey begins with a quick shuttle up-river, orientation and safety briefing, after which you'll be provided with a tube and a life jacket.
As you set off on your tubing adventure, you'll immediately feel the cool water of the Cape Fear River refreshing you, providing a welcome relief from the heat. You may spot some local wildlife, such as turtles or birds, as you float by. The half-mile trip is over before you know it, but it's packed full of fun and excitement.
Whether you're tubing solo or with a group of friends, the Cape Fear River tubing experience in Lillington is sure to be a memorable one. So grab your sunscreen, water shoes, and sense of adventure, and get ready for an unforgettable trip down the river!

Things to know before you go

  • River is not a water park!

    River is an uncontrolled wilderness environment with unpredictable outcome! You are exposed to all nature's elements (sun, rain, wind, thunderstorms, etc). There are rocks that can scratch you, mud that can get you dirty, deep spots where you are not able to stand, thunderstorms that might form over you, wildlife and other unpredictable factors that can harm you! There is no way to abandon the trip early!

  • It's only 1/2 a mile long

    This trip is much shorter alternative to our regular Lazy River Tubing journey. You cover about 1/2 a mile on the water and it might take around 45 minutes to float down. We allow up to 2 hours for you to swim, splash, play, enjoy, sunbathe, you get an idea :) We only offer this trip when the water is at low levels.

  • No glass containers!

    We will check coolers to ensure no glass containers are being brought on the river.

What to wear

Since tubing is a mostly summer months activity when the weather and water are warm, you can plan on wearing a swimming suit, shorts or something you can plan on getting wet and swim in. Wear closed-toe shoes: water shoes, sandals, or sneakers is highly recommended, no flip-flops!

What to bring

  • Plenty of water! Plan on taking one 12 oz bottle of water per person per river hour. Absolutely no glass containers! Nalgene bottles or regular plastic bottled water is your best option.
  • Sunscreen is a must, even on cooler days!! Alternatively, you can wear long sleeve clothing.
  • Closed-toe shoes are highly recommended! There is a great chance of you having to walk on rocky riverbed at some point or another.
  • Lunch and snacks. Bring along your cooler, mid to larger sized coolers fit very nicely in our cooler carrier tubes.
    Please note: our cooler carrier is just a carrier and doesn't include a cooler.
  • Phone(s). We will ask you to bring at least one phone per group. We have dry pouches, dry boxes, and dry bags for sale in our shop, if needed.
  • If you’d like to bring a change of dry clothes to leave in your car, please do. We have changing rooms you can use at the end of your trip.
  • Cameras, water toys, speakers, etc.

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Trip F.A.Q.

We strongly recommend making online reservations! It allows you to complete all the required paperwork online and it will speed up your check-in! That's also the only way we can guarantee the equipment you need.
IF YOU MUST CANCEL or reschedule your activity, please do so at least 48 hours before your scheduled activity. There are no fees to reschedule, and you are entitled to 100% refund, given the request is made at least 48 hours prior to the activity. No changes are allowed, and no refunds will be issued less than 48 hours prior to the scheduled activity.
IF WE MUST CANCEL your activity due to unfavorable water conditions or severe weather, we will reschedule the activity at your convenience without any penalties, either by offering a different activity, reschedule to a different date, or to keep full credit on file to be used at your convenience in the future. If you are unable to reschedule, you can request a refund.
3 years old and up.
300lb. The heavier a person, the lower a tube sits in the water, making it more challenging to float on a low, rocky river!
We promote healthy living and healthy enjoyment of the great outdoors! Alcohol is not recommended to have an amazing time on the river, however if you must… Responsible, moderate consumption is strongly enforced. All North Carolina and Waterways laws apply and are closely monitored by local and Wildlife Law Enforcement. ABSOLUTELY NO GLASS CONTAINERS OR LIQUOR, it's one of the state laws!
You have to have at least one 18 year old individual in your party out on the water. Anyone else under 18 must have consent from a parent or legal guardian.
We offer 10% off for groups 12-23 people and 20% off for groups of 24+ people ONLY if reservation is made and paid online at least 48 hours before the trip. Contact us via phone or email to request a large group discount code that we set up just for your group. You can make as many separate online reservations as needed depending on how many people are paying. Be sure to complete waiver forms online!
Yes! We offer 10% discount for military, EMS, Fire, Police and Teachers. Use Promo Code "service" when making your online reservations. Be sure to have your military or relevant ID when checking in.
No, the trip is limited to the take-out 1/2 a mile downstream from put-in.
Yes, you can. We do not offer a discounted rate if you are using personal tube.
Yes, we do! We accept all major credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.
There are no gators or sharks, but there are water snakes. They are mostly non-aggressive type, but we ask you to respect wildlife and keep your distance. Checking your surroundings while on water goes a long way. Any incidents with wildlife are extremely rare and generally it is a unique experience to spot any wildlife while out on the river!
Dogs are not allowed on this trip.
1.5ft x 2.5ft of inner usable space.
It can be more difficult than it looks, especially in deeper water. It will take some upper body strength to pull yourself up.
We sure do! The group discount is based on the size of your group. Please check out our Group Page for more details.
Yes we do! We accept all major credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.
Yes! We offer 10% discount for our outfitter services for military, EMS, Fire, Police and Teachers. Use Promo Code "service" when making your online reservations. Be sure to have your military or relevant ID when checking in. Excludes retail sales and glamping.
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