We have surveyed and tubed various locations to find that most local rivers are in fact very clean. Read our reviews to learn more about each river.
It is best you know how to swim, but for the most part there is zero skill involved. You sit in a tube and enjoy a relaxing float down one of our many serene and shallow rivers (two to three feet deep).
If you plan on going once then renting a tube is advised. There is a vendor on the Gunpowder,
Monkton Bike (443-212-5951) and a vendor on the Patapsco River, Terrapin Adventures(tubing is lame though in the Patapsaco; the Gunpowder in Monkton & Harpers Ferry are better!).
If you plan on going a few times throughout the years then buying a sturdy, durable tube from TubeProInc is advised. Buying an inexpensive tube from Walmart, Target or Dicks is not recommended. We bought an inexpensive tube from Dicks and it only lasted one and half trips before popping in the Patapsco River.
Check out our MD Tubing Location section to find a great spot to go tubing!
Tubing in and around Baltimore can best be compared to floating on a lazy river at your local amusement park. Though your journey is longer, more wide open and there are some fun, but small rapids (ripples). Though after a rain storm the rivers are swift. Please tube with caution or not at all immediately after heavy rain!
We are not aware of any white water tubing in the Baltimore and surrounding Maryland area. We know you can enjoy white water tubing in West Virginia.
We brought a five year old along with us when we tubed Gunpowder Falls State Park (Monkton, MD). We knew it was safe and wouldn't have brought him along otherwise, yet he wasn't sure about safety and wasn't able to enjoy the journey. Also, with any child a two hour leisurely float in a inner tube wore on his patience. We often heard, "Are we there yet?" - lol :-)
We were not able to find any historical evidence of drowning incidents in the safe tubing spots we travelled and recommend within the state parks. If you go outside of these denoted safe zones please respect the no swimming, tubing, kayaking or canoeing signs posted (like those seen at Deer Creek in Harford County). Also, it is not advised to enter any of these bodies of water immediately after a heavy rainfall.