Grab your hats, gloves, and boots. It’s time to go snow tubing

When you think about snow, Atlanta usually isn’t the first place that comes to mind. But we’d all love a little fun in the snow this winter. Whizzing down a snow-covered hill on a bouncy snow tube (or even on skis) makes for some incredible cold-weather memories. So get ready to bundle up in your best winter gear and head to the most fantastic snow tubing spots in the Southeast. The best part? You won’t have to drive too far to find all the snow tubing excitement your kids can handle.  

These places are within a few hours of Atlanta

1. Snow Island at Margaritaville

Be transported to a wintry vacation state of mind on the Parrot Mountain slide. One of the longest and steepest snow tube hills in North America it measures 575-feet-long and 8-stories high. Snow tubing, ice skating, a snow play area for snowball fights and snow angels, fire pits and s'mores, and carnival rides transform this lakefront paradise into a winter wonderland every year.

Drive time: 1 hour

Open: Nov. 19, 2022-Feb. 26, 2023

7650 Lanier Islands Pkwy.
Buford, GA

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2. Highlands Outpost Snow Tubing

Grab a tube, ride the Magic Carpet lift to the top, then hop on your tube and laugh or scream all the way down. Riders must be 42 inches tall and four years old to ride. For little ones, a snow play area will keep them entertained for hours. When Mother Nature doesn't provide the snow, the snow-making equipment ensures enough to have a great time. Wear warm clothes—your toes and fingers get cold fast.

Drive time: 2 hours

Dates: Through Feb. 27, 2023

7420 Dillard Rd.
Scaly Mountain, NC

3. Frozen Falls Tube Park

Your entire family will enjoy this 500-foot run with a vertical drop of 60 feet. Fill out a waiver and buy your tickets at the Sapphire Valley Community Center before you arrive. One rider per tube, and young and old alike can ride for 1.75-hour sessions.

Drive time: 2.5 hours

Dates: Dec. 17, 2022-Mar. 6, 2023

127 Cherokee Trail
Sapphire, NC

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4. Tube World

Located in Maggie Valley across from Ghost Town in the Sky (not in the ski area), Tube World is the home of awesome snow tubing fun each winter. The groomed slope is perfect for specially designed inner tubes. You'll ride the moving carpet lift to the top of the hill, then tube your way down the snow-covered run.

Drive time: 3.5 hours

Dates: Nov. 2022-Mar. 2023

4821 Soco Rd.
Maggie Valley, NC

5. Ober Gatlinburg

Before Thanksgiving and through the end of March, your crew can enjoy all the snow tubing fun in Gatlinburg. The Tubing Hill is 350 feet long with a 50-foot drop. Kids ages 3–5 must ride with an adult, and children ages two and under cannot go tubing. You must be at least six years old and 42″ tall to ride on your own. Cubbies Snow Zone is the perfect place for small children to play in the snow.

Drive time: 4 hours

Dates: Nov. 19, 2022-Mar. 2023

1001 Parkway Suite 2
Gatlinburg, TN

6. Rowdy Bear Smoky Mountain Snowpark

Grab your family and friends and get ready to get rowdy on Tennessee's largest snow tubing hill. The snow-covered tubing lanes are over 500 feet long with a 70-foot drop, and they are covered in real snow. Head to the top of the hill and check out some of the best views of the Smoky Mountains before you slide down. 

Drive time: 4 hours

Dates: Through Mar. 31, 2023

2155 Parkway
Pigeon Forge, TN

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Tube year-round at this indoor snow tubing spot

7. Pigeon Forge Snow

Don't bother bundling up for this indoor snow tubing experience since it's always nice and warm inside. Hot or cold, rain or shine, Pigeon Forge Snow stays open year-round, and the real snow never melts. They've got fun for all ages, from little ones to teens to parents and grandparents. Everyone can race down the slopes, build snowmen and snow forts in the giant snow play area, and have all kinds of wintry excitement.    

Drive time: 4 hours

2533 Teaster Ln.
Pigeon Forge, TN

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