North Carolina Snow Tube Parks Offer Fun Winter Family Getaways

Make it a snow-filled day of downhill fun at one of these snow-tube parks.
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Hawksnest Snow Tubing park in Seven Devils offers more than 30 tubing lanes.

Is anyone in your house perfecting a snow dance this winter season? While your family eagerly awaits the first snowfall of the year in North Carolina, there are nearby winter wonderlands that already have snow waiting for you.

Here are four tubing-specific parks just a few hours away. Pack your winter coats, mittens and hats and get ready for downhill fun!

Know before you go: Many parks have age and/or height restrictions. All make their own snow, but may offer limited hours based on temperature or other weather conditions. Be sure to visit the park’s website or call ahead to confirm a fun, snow-filled day. While these parks don’t offer lodging, most are located near a variety of hotels.

Hawksnest Snow Tubing

2058 Skyland Drive, Seven Devils

Tubing rates: $27-$34 for a 1-hour-and-45-minute session

  • Approximate distance from the Triangle: Three hours, 30 minutes
  • Approximate distance from Charlotte: Two hours, 15 minutes
  • Approximate distance from the Triad: Two hours, 30 minutes

Spend time in four different tubing, and choose from more than 30 lanes, which are 400-1,000 feet long and professionally lit so you can tube into the evening hours. Rent a bib for $11 to stay warm and dry throughout the day.

Jonas Ridge Snow Tubing

N.C. 181 South, Jonas Ridge
(GPS: 9472 N.C. 181, Newland, North Carolina)

Tubing rates: $23-$30 for a 1-hour-and-45-minute session

  • Approximate distance from the Triangle: Three hours, 30 minutes
  • Approximate distance from Charlotte: Two hours
  • Approximate distance from the Triad: Two hours, 30 minutes

Hop on the conveyor belt to travel up the hill, then ride down one of six lanes. The lanes vary in speed, with steep and fast available for the more daring snow tubers. Tube under the lights in the evening, then warm up inside by the fireplace.

Moonshine Mountain Snow Tubing Park

5865 Willow Road, Hendersonville

Tubing rates: $25 per person for a 2-hour session (cash only)
Lanes: Three, plus a fourth short lane for children

  • Approximate distance from the Triangle: Four hours, 30 minutes
  • Approximate distance from Charlotte: Two hours
  • Approximate distance from the Triad: Two hours, 15 minutes

Tube down the mountain together! Moonshine Mountain is the only snow-tubing park in the southeast that allows trains for up to six people. There are three lanes available, plus a fourth, shorter one for children.

Scaly Mountain Outdoor Center

7420 Dillard Road, Scaly Mountain

Tubing rates: $25 for a two-hour session (a “kiddie” slope is available for young tubers for $12 per two-hour session)

  • Approximate distance from the Triangle: Six hours
  • Approximate distance from Charlotte: Three hours, 30 minutes
  • Approximate distance from the Triad: Four hours, 30 minutes

This outdoor center offers summer tubing in the warm months and snow tubing during winter. An outdoor ice rink is open Thanksgiving through March 1, weather permitting. Snow tube lanes open in December, weather permitting. (Check the website for updates on when tubing lanes are open.) Lace up your skates before or after tubing for $12 per hour (rental ice skates are included in the ticket price).

More Tubing Fun

For the skiers and snowboarders in your family, try one of these nearby resorts that offer both downhill sports and tubing for an all-in-one adventure. Visit the resort websites for hours, rates and more details.

North Carolina Resorts

Beech Mountain Resort
1007 Beech Mountain Pkwy., Beech Mountain

Cataloochee Ski Area
1080 Ski Lodge Road, Maggie Valley

Sapphire Valley Ski Resort
127 Cherokee Trail, Sapphire

Sugar Mountain Resort
1009 Sugar Mountain Drive, Sugar Mountain

Wolf Ridge Ski Resort
578 Valley View Circle, Mars Hill

Nearby Resorts Outside of North Carolina

The Homestead Resort
7696 Sam Snead Hwy., Hot Springs, Virginia

Wintergreen Resort
Route 664, Wintergreen, Virginia

Snowshoe Mountain Ski Resort
10 Snowshoe Drive, Snowshoe, West Virginia

Winterplace Ski Resort
100 Old Flat Top Mountain Road, Ghent, West Virginia