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Rocky Forest River Run

Kayak & Tube Rentals in Elkin, NC

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Relax & Have a Little Fun While Floating with RFRR

Rocky Forest River Run offers kayak and river tube rentals.  Reservations are required, so book online or call ahead to experience the fun! We are on the Yadkin River in the Foothills of N.C. just 1.5 miles from I-77. RFRR was awarded the Tripadvisor Traveler’s Choice Award in 2021. Come and relax with river-run activities in North Carolina. We are Elkin’s premier outfitter on weekends and will help you leave refreshed. The Elkin area is a great day trip or staycation for those who love the outdoors!   Sorry folks, NO pets are allowed on our trips and children MUST be 5 years old and above to participate. Also make sure to book all your party in the same time slot when booking. 

A Great Way To Get Out Into Nature

Great run on the Yadkin

I'm an experienced kayaker. I've run the Yadkin many times, but never at this section. The put in at Elkin is great and easy. Your on-line booking is awesome, so easy, plus the on-line waver makes it super easy too. The river was fast on Sunday, and my friend had never kayaked before, so I was glad we had a double. Your boat was premium, just like new. I'd not run this brand before and I really enjoyed it. Plenty of room and very stable. We got in, turned on our tunes and coasted down river. We took some time paddling up stream as I wanted a workout as part of my run. I was surprised that even by myself, I could make pretty good progress up river. This made the short normal two hour run last about two hours, otherwise we would have finished 20 minutes sooner because of the faster current. My friend loved it and I think she'll be ready to solo next time. Afterwards, we went back to Elkin and had lunch at the Angry Troll. It was a great day! Everyone was great. You've really got a great set up and I think I've now been to about every outfitter on the river. Thanks again for a great day.

– bobjrcomptree | Tripadvisor
Great time!

The facilities and staff are fantastic at this experience. We felt welcomed and the equipment was clean and well maintained. We had four couples tubing for a birthday event. We were driven to the launch location and the staff was very helpful to get our tubes and explain how the trip will work and where will finish. Everything went as planned. I would highly recommend Rocky Forest River Run!

– Dean C. | Tripadvisor
Best Option-Amazing Owners

You will not find a better business for your excursion! They are very accommodating, knowledgeable and generous beyond belief. We loved our kayak river cruise - convenient booking - easy in and out of river - great equipment. We absentmindedly locked our keys and phones into our vehicle before launching and Cindy & Mark were so kind and gracious with assisting us every way they could while we (and Cindy) called around for locksmith, then while we waited for 1.5 hr for help. Their overwhelming kindness and generosity made that bad situation not ruin our anniversary weekend getaway and we are SO GRATEFUL!

– AshleyJames88 | Tripadvisor
When can we go again?!

This was our first tubing experience on the Yadkin River...and we are ready to go again with the Rocky Forest River Run group! The tubes were in excellent condition. The staff was polite and professional. We loved the Gator ride through the woods as we headed back to our cars at the end of the trip.

– Teresa P. | Tripadvisor
Great tubing

This is a great place to go tubing. They made the whole experience so easy. They got us in tubes and out of the water. The river is wide and very calm. There were 4 of us and they tied our tubes together. I highly recommend tubing here. We will go back. Others in my group who had been tubing at other locations said this was the best tubing experience they have had. The prices are also great.

– Laura C. | Tripadvisor
Troop 3226 tubes the river

Our girl scout troop had a great time tubing. It was a great way to get outdoors and still social distance. The water was nice and cool and the girls had to use some serious team work to help get girls back on tubes in deep water when they slipped off. It was a great experience. Thank you Cindy.

– Jo Ann C. | Tripadvisor