River tubing has become a very popular form of summer recreation in north Georgia and Rolling Thunder offers the best scenario on the river. Our experience has taught us that there are some basics that newcomers should know when planning a tubing trip.
What to wear Securely fitting shoes will help you avoid foot injury in the river and are required by Rolling Thunder. Old tennis shoes are the best. Flip flops are not suitable. Remember to bring shoes with you - for on the river and dry shoes for off the river. Rolling Thunder does not sell shoes at their retail center. Most people are most comfortable in bathing suits or shorts and a tee shirt. You will definitely get wet! Remember, that sunburn is unpleasant so be prepared.
Coolers Coolers are allowed on the river but no glass containers can be taken on the river. Styrofoam coolers are not recommended. We will rent a tube for your cooler if you want to float it along with you. Please do not litter the river. No alcoholic beverages are allowed on river trips.
Steering your tube Just sit your bottom in the middle of the tube, lean back and paddle with your hands while kicking your feet.
Take out The Rolling Thunder "take out" - where you get out of the river - is marked. It will be on the right side as you float down towards it.
Bathrooms There are no bathrooms on the river so you should make use of Rolling Thunder's facilities before getting on the river.
Falling off your tube You may fall off your tube while in the river. Keeping your life jacket securely fastened at all times is the smartest thing you can do while in the river. Try to get back on your tube as quickly as possible. Be careful about standing up in any river as there may be obstacles that you cannot see.
Getting out of the river If for any reason, you need to get out of the river before you get to Rolling Thunder's take out, it is crucial that you get out on the side of the river where the road is so that you can start walking back to Thunder. Keep in mind that mountain roads are curvy and visibility is often limited so be careful to stay on the shoulder.
Water critters Any river is home to all sorts of critters. We have never had a single person have a bad experience with this facet of their trip. Be aware and stay away from any critters if you do see them. Staying away from the side of river and tree branches is recommended.
Type of tubes Our colorful vinyl inner tubes have handles and some have seats in them and some do not.
Parking There is parking for your vehicle at Rolling Thunder. Please do not take your car key with you on the river. Leave them with our personnel so you will have them when you return. Keys that go in the river are impossible to find.
Eyeglasses If you must wear glasses of any kind, consider securing them with a retainer of some type. Rolling Thunder carries retainers at their retail shop for your convenience.
Security deposit for tubes In lieu of collecting a cash deposit when you rent your tubes, Rolling Thunder will hold your driver's license and a credit card number. When you return your rental equipment, your license will be returned to you.
If you lose or damage your tube If you lose or damage your tube, you will be charged $20.