Unlimited Tubing All Day! Take a leisurely float down to the park, or enjoy the thrill of the rapids as many times as you'd like! The free shuttle bus will be available to take you back and forth between Big Falls Park and New River Junction whenever you need it. Reservations are not required for tubing unless you have a large group.
Unlike many other tube rental outfits there is no schedule of when trips leave or are picked up. However, the earlier you arrive, the more trips you can make. Buses run non-stop during weeekend tubing hours. On weekdays, there is a call box at the park which will page the bus driver to come and get you whenever you need it!
Also included is the use of our grilling service at Big Falls Park. We provide the grills, picnic tables, charcoal, lighter fluid, plates, napkins, and plastic utensils. We'll even start the grill for you. All you need to bring is your food and cooking utensils.
Best of all, IT'S ALL INCLUDED IN YOUR TUBE RENTAL FEE....AT NO EXTRA CHARGE!
Please go to our Big Falls Park page for more details on the use of the grills.
How Do I Get There?
Use our Directions You do not want to search online for directions or use a GPS. Some seem to work well, while others don't. If you need help give us a call! (540) 639-6633
The river will draw you, gently and peacefully, as you float over small riffles in your tube. About a mile down stream the rapids are splashing. Ride the rapids a few times then visit Big Falls Park, where the park grills will be hot and ready for cooking. The free shuttle bus will be available when you decide to go back for another trip down the river. A lazy, inner tube drift down a mile of pristine river cupped in a tree-lined mountain valley provides the perfect escape from a hot summer day.
HOURS: 11am to 6pm 7 days a week
Water and weather permitting.
The last tubing trip leaves from the Junction at 5.
All tubes must be returned by 6.
Child Tube (Under 16):
Big Falls Park Pass:
Weekend Rental Fees
Weekday Rental Fees
Make sure to take advantage of our Group Discounts! Group tubing is great for reunions, office retreats, birthday parties and more! Prior to your arrival, be sure to print off and completely fill out our Group Tubing Form (including numbers of what you need Adult/Kid tubes Lifejackets, etc.) If there are any children under 16, be sure to print and sign a Parent Waiver Form for them. Both of these can also be found on our Downloads page. When you arrive, send one person to the window to pay for everyone.
Make sure you call ahead to make your reservation for any group of 10 or more. (540) 639-6633
Parents of Children under 16:
Children under the age of 16, will need to have a Parent Waiver Form filled out before they will be able to rent tubes or even enter the water. Children under 16 are REQUIRED to wear a life jacket at ALL TIMES. You may bring your own from home (make sure it has a Coast Guard approved label inside) or rent one from us for FREE.
We take river safety VERY SERIOUSLY.
Come Visit Mother Nature's Water Park!
After you pay for your tubes in the office, bring your TICKET along with your DRIVER'S LICENSE to the tube corral where you will pick up your tubes.
You will need ONE LICENSE for every TWO ADULT TUBES (these will be filed until you return your tubes).
KEEP UP WITH THE TUBE THAT WAS ASSIGNED TO YOU! You are responsible for the tube number that you are assigned. If you return someone else's tube, you will STILL be liable for YOUR ORIGINAL TUBE. This means that if your tube does not show up, you will have to pay the replacement fee of $15.
Do not bring anything into the river that you care about losing. We have a key rack at the entrance to the tube corral, otherwise it is a good idea to leave everything in your vehicle.
We do not allow glass or styrofoam in the river, so please plan accordingly.
At lower green levels walk out about 50 yards from the shore and start your float past the first ledge.
To avoid bumping into rocks left and right when the water level is down, keep your butt up and your feet first!
Big Falls Park and the shuttle bus pick-up point are located just before the rapids on the right side of the river. This is the ONLY location for pick up. If you go through the rapids, get out at one of the beaches just below them and walk back up to the park (it's only about 150 yards). There is no shoulder on this road, so please be aware of potential traffic.
New River Junction has always been focused on helping people enjoy the river SAFELY. Our water level stoplight is just one more way we have found to do that. The three colors correspond to different water levels, red being high and green low. There are different rules for each color. Each level has its advantages and disadvantages, so taking a little time to familiarize yourself with the different levels will help you plan and enjoy your trip to the Junction.
RED: All tubers must exit river before rapids. 20% discount
YELLOW: All tubers must stay river right and between the 2 yellow buoys through the rapids.
GREEN: Tubers have access to entire river.
PLEASE NOTE:Children under 16 must wear their life jacket at all times and stay river right and between the buoys regardless of level!
River right is the side the Junction and Big Falls Park are on.
DO NOT go left or right of the buoys on a yellow day or with children. This is the safest and most fun way! Entering the rapids anywhere between the buoys will take you into the center of the channel where the most water is. When you want to go through the rapids again do not get in right at the shore. Always wade out so you are going between the buoys. The easiest way to do this is to get in at the upper boat ramp next to the grills in the middle of the park. It is more shallow there and the current is less strong.
What if I have a canoe or kayak or my own tube?
If you would like to launch a boat from NRJ there is a usage fee of $4 on weekdays and $5 on weekends. This includes use of the shuttle bus to bring you or your boat back to the office if you need it. All the same rules apply: No glass or styrofoam, be back by 6. Unlike nearly every other tubing facility in the country, we let you bring your own tubes! You must go to the window and get a wristband. ($4 weekday $5weekend) Again: all the same rules apply. Water level rules (see below), children under 16 must wear lifejackets, no glass or styrofoam, you must ride our shuttle buses and be back by 6.
WARNING: Pool floats and cheap vinyl tubes are not suitable for river tubing! We use heavy duty inner tubes because that is the only thing that will guarantee you a pleasant float down the river, not a walk.
(540) 639-66332591 Big Falls Rd, Blacksburg, VA 24060