Helpful Tips

Planning Your Trip to Hawksnest

As one of the premier winter activities in Western North Carolina and the surrounding region, we strongly recommend making advanced reservations for snow tubing here at Hawksnest. The winter is a busy season for our area so we also recommend visitors make advanced travel plans and lodging arrangements.

Tips for Traveling to Hawksnest

Hawksnest Snow Tubing Park is located in Watauga and Avery County and accessible by NC Highway 105. Please check road conditions before traveling to ensure safe travel by calling the resort.

Arrive in Advance

We recommend arriving 15-30 minutes before your snow tubing session begins. This will allow for time to get parked, checked-in, and use the restroom before your session begins.

Keep Warm

Dressing appropriately for tubing is a necessity for safety and comfort!
We recommend warm, well-insulated layers with a waterproof outer layer. Winter hats, gloves, and boots are a must! Waterproof footwear is best, as your shoes and feet are likely to be wet and cold without them.
Please note, that while we do have a variety of winter hats, gloves, and snow pants for sale in our gift shop, all sizes are not guaranteed. We do not have any winter footwear for sale and no longer offer snow bib rentals due to COVID-19 precautions.

  • Bundle up with multiple layers! Start with your lightest layer on the bottom and build up to your heavy outer layer for the most control. You can always remove them as the day warms up. (Just remember, our snow tubing ticket must be attached and visible all day!)
  • Add a waterproof layer while tubing. There is a high probability of being covered in snow while participating and wetness makes you highly susceptible to the cold. Due to COVID-19 we are NOT offering any bib rentals this year.
  • Always wear a hat – especially one that covers your ears. Most body heat is lost through your noggin!
  • Make sure your gloves are warm, waterproof, and properly sized – if they’re too loose, you might get snow inside, but too tight and you might have a hard time holding the tube! Fingers, like other extremities, are very susceptible to frostbite and are one of the first areas where you feel the cold creeping in.
  • Make sure to protect your eyes with either sunglasses or goggles while tubing. Not only does the sunlight reflect off the snow, but the wind can also irritate your eyes.
  • Keep your feet and ankles warm with long, thick socks. Like with fingers, protecting your extremities is your first line of defense against the cold.
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