Green River Gorge

Green River Gorge

The rugged, deep Green River Gorge is located near Saluda, about 38 miles southeast of Asheville. Find old-growth forests, steep ravines and some great whitewater fun as the river drops rapidly down the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The river is a top spot for tubing and rafting. The Green River Game Lands is a state-owned 10,000-acre section for wildlife conservation for hunting, fishing and trapping per regulations. Most of the hiking trails are rugged and only recommended for experienced hikers.

Green River, NC, Tubing

The Green River offers a big variety of whitewater fun, from high adventure on big rapids to drifting calm sections on a tube. The three main sections of the Green River are The upper Green, The "Narrows" section and the lower Green. You can take an adventurous, guided inflatable kayak trip on the Upper Green for a thrilling four-mile ride of class II through IV rapids (and a.75-mile hike carrying your gear). Hard core kayakers brave the Narrows with its powerful class V rapids. Unfortunately, it not easy to reach and watch the fun. Most visitors go for the tamer fun on the Lower Green with a six-mile section of class II rapids.

Green River Tubing NC

It's one of our top rivers for tubing! Wilderness Cove Tubing (3772 Green River Cove Road) is open seven days a week from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The river is dam-released, so they schedule tubing times to coincide with the best water level. Rent a tube (includes a shuttle) from $10/person! Bring your swimsuit and water shoes (no flip flops) and take a 1-6-mile float - complete with a rope and jump-off rock a couple of miles down river. Go to their website.

Green River Gorge Zipline

At The Gorge Zip Line Canopy Adventure, ride America's steepest and fastest zip lines with 1.25 miles of airtime via 11 lines that descend 1,100 vertical ft., all connected by a gravity-defying sky bridge.

Green River Gorge Road

Directions from Asheville (38 miles): From I-26, take exit 59. Turn left onto Holbert Cove Road for 2/10-mile. Turn left on Green River Cove Road (many switchbacks, drive slow, no large campers) and go 3.6 miles to Wilderness Cove Tubing - dropping about 1,000 ft. in elevation. For rafting, kayaking and ziplines, book a trip with Green River Adventures in downtown Saluda (111 East Main) and they will provide shuttles. See more things to do in Saluda.

Green River Lodging & Things to Do

Cabin Rental Polk County
Cabin & Cottage Rentals: Tryon, Saluda & Columbus
Find log cabin, condo or cottage vacation rentals by ponds or with mountain views in the First Peak of the Blue Ridge - many options near the Tryon International Equestrian Center.
Green River Adventures
Green River Adventures
Enjoy unforgettable outdoor experiences with world-class guides and customer service. With their roots based in kayak instruction, they now offer guided Green River trips on class 1-4 whitewater, waterfall rappelling, fly-fishing and stand-up paddleboarding.
Inns in Tryon
B&Bs & Inns: Tryon, Saluda & Columbus
Find a great vareity of historic B&Bs and inns in the towns of Tryon, Saluda and Columbus, the First Peak of the Blue Ridge. Includes award-winning Pine Crest Inn and Orchard Inn with exquisite dining.
Green River Zip Line
The Gorge
Start your zip line adventure perched on the rim of the famous Green River Gorge, then soar from tree tops. Descend 1,100 ft. in elevation through 125 acres of old growth and protected forest. Overlook 14,000 acres of wilderness via 11 zip lines, a sky bridge and 3 huge rappels.
First Peak Guide
First Peak Visitors Guide
Get your free guide to the "First Peak of the Blue Ridge Mountains," including the cool small towns of Tryon, Saluda and Columbus, as well as the Green River Gorge with tubing and zip lines.
Green River Tubing
Wilderness Cove Tubing
Tubing the Green River in Saluda is an exciting float that includes class I & II rapids. Enjoy the splashing water, great swimming holes and relaxation, with tube rentals and shuttles available for 1-, 2-, 3- or 4-hour floats. Memorial Day through Labor Day weekends.

Waterfall Rappel Bradley Falls

How about a Waterfall Rappel? Descending a waterfall suspended by a rope, with experienced Green River Adventures guides. No experience necessary. After some practice, head to the 200-ft. Bradley Falls. Do not attempt to reach this waterfall without a guide. 

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