Elevate your Camping with Floatery Sky Tents

Riverside Sky Camping along the Dan River in NC, time to elevate your camping  experience
at Floatery

We are a registered Tentsile Campground due to our remote location among many large trees along the banks of the Dan River in Madison, NC.

The Tentsile is a floating “tree tent,” and is the only 3+ person hammock-style shelter on the market that we would use. The shelter has three main tie-outs that meet in the center. The design is centered around a triangle base.  You may be thinking, oh gosh we all are going to sag in the middle, of course not. Tentsile prevents center sag in how they created the intersection of the tie-outs and the triangle base. All three occupants have their own geometric “hammocks” to sleep in.

The main entrance to the shelter is from a triangular hatch at the bottom. On one long edge, there is a zippered door/window sewn into the bug netting that can also be used for access into the shelter.

The Stingray comes with an integrated bug netting and a rain fly, which makes it ideal for Riverside Camping.

Sleeping Capacity

The Stingray is listed as a 3-person shelter with a weight capacity of 880 lbs.  In terms of floor space, you can fit more people inside, so long as you don’t exceed the recommended capacity. People with kiddos, this is a perfect solution for camping out under the stars.  Smaller kids can fit 2-up in one of the three bed chambers, and they would have an absolute blast.

Fun Factor

Speaking about having a blast, this tent has high appeal. It is always the star of the show. With family, it’s a regular tree house, fort, base, or alien spaceship that has sparked all kinds of imaginative play with kiddos.


The Stingray doesn’t sleep like any hammock you may have used, and I’m no fan of hammocks due to the U shape it puts my body in while trying to sleep. The bed chambers are trapezoidal and have a unique lay. Closed-cell foam or inflatable pads are recommended to stay warm beneath you as you are suspended, and the air can get chilly.  Several blankets under you would suffice as well.


The Tentsile shelters can be hung as high as 10/15 ft, we hang ours at about 5/8 ft height.  The rope ladder makes it easy to get in and out of the shelter.

Riverfront Camping in NC

Riverside Primitive Camping

Why Riverside Primitive Camping
is an awesome Dan River Adventure at Floatery


Needs to be safe and comfortable at a minimum. We designed our riverside
camping to be as close to Nature as possible but still near eateries and convenience
stores within walking distance.  All the main
areas and entrances have cameras to ward off anyone not allowed on the property
in the evenings after tubing has ended.  Being
situated along the banks of the Dan River in Madison NC, we pride ourselves in
unique stays and adding items to the campground yearly.  What’s better than a fun day of tubing,
playing in shallow water, cooking out, and then sleeping under the stars?

What to bring

Camping: The right tent for you should take in two main considerations:
sizing and season rating. Sizing is usually based on how many people a tent can
sleep and we charge by the person so you can use as big a tent as you would
like in your spot, and if comfort is the goal, bigger is always better. Season
ratings indicate in what seasons the tent works best, and most are generally
three-season tents, which means you can use them in the spring, summer, and
fall. A four-season tent will cover the winter, with extra weather protection
and heat retention which you would not need given we are only open from May to

A sleeping bag has the same considerations as a tent. Three-season
bags are suitable for hot and cold temperatures and are identifiable by their
temperature rating, which will display a range of 15 to 30 degrees Fahrenheit.
Sleeping pads, which are just cushioned pads, can be used in conjunction with a
sleeping bag to provide extra comfort and insulation, but can also be used on
their own as a bed.  Even if its 90
degrees during the day, our Riverside Camping can become chilly, so make sure
to bring an extra blanket if you get cold.

We do allow you to drive
to your camping spot to unload your vehicle. 
Most spots you can park directly at your camp area, however a few you
will need to park in the Camping Parking which is still easy access if needed.

but essential:
 Don’t forget a flashlight or headlight, batteries, a lighter
(for a campfire), a first aid kit, bug repellent, sunscreen, charging for your
phones and extra clothing.

Leave no
trace: We want to leave places better than we found them, so it’s crucial
to avoid littering and place your trash in the bins provided throughout the property.

Restrooms:  We
have event porta johns on site for tubers and campers.

Showers: We
provide, at additional charge, a unit called Geyser for being able to shower at
your campsite.  Be sure to google that device
prior to your stay.

Budget: We keep our
rates reasonable.  We do not wish to “Pack
you in” in the name of profit.  We want
you to escape the world a bit.  Our rates
are $20 per person. 

What to eat

basics: If you’re planning on making food on-site we do provide Blackstone
grills (you must supply the propane tank). 
As for cookware, pots, pans, plates, and utensils are other things that
you might have to bring along depending on what you plan on eating. Bring what
cookware you can from home and purchase recyclable versions of what you can’t.

No fuss
cooking: You don’t have to bring food while camping if you don’t want to,
and can just as easily bring sandwiches from home. Another option is to avoid
grocery shopping altogether and purchase grilling kits that are geared toward
campers from Floatery.

your distance: 
We are a Registered NC Wildlife Preserve with an abundance of
wildlife.  Should you encounter deer or
any other animal, please leave them be.

Watch the flames: Fire hazards abound when it
comes to using open flames in the outdoors.  We provide campfire rings and the first night’s
wood bundle.  Never leave campfires
unattended, always put it out, and make sure it’s completely extinguished
before going to sleep.



Tubing Madison NC with Friends after Riverside Camping that night

Reasons Why Summer River Tubing Trips Are the Best

20 Reason Why Summer Tubing Trips Are the Best

Have you considered taking a tubing trip this summer? Southern Texas offers all the raw ingredients needed to enjoy this family-friendly adventure, from cool river waters to a warm inviting sun. There are so many reasons to take a summer tubing trip that we could write a novel on the subject. For the sake of brevity, we’ll list only our favorite twenty.

1. See the Outdoors From a New Angle

The scenery along a river is unlike that in cities and hiking trails. You’ll get to see sights that are inaccessible from the land.

2. Beat the Summer Heat

Southern Texas heat can be overbearing in the summer. River tubing is a comfortable way to stay cool without staying under the air conditioning.

3. Quality Time with Family and Friends

River tubing is a great chance to talk and bond with other people in a low stress setting. Build camaraderie that will last a lifetime in a summer river tubing trip.

4. A Day of Relaxation

Modern life is stressful; even modern vacations can be a trial. Leave the anxiety behind for a day or more and simply enjoy living.

5. Bring the Kids and Pets

So many fun summer activities are not safe for children or pets. Children age five and up will love tubing, as will many dogs. There’s no need to get a babysitter to enjoy a day of tubing.

6. Affordable Fun

Tubing is one of the most affordable outdoor sports, well within most people’s budgets. No expensive equipment or lessons are needed!

7. Safety First!

Tubing is one of the safest river activities. The current is gentle and slow, and you are on a sturdy flotation device. People who worry about their swimming skills may wear life vests.

8. Stop and Smell the Roses

There are many scenic areas to disembark for a few minutes along our tubing paths, including swimming holes with rope swings. Tubing is not goal-oriented or fast-paced.

9. No Skill Necessary

While many water sports require special skills, tubing is as easy as getting into a tube and going with the flow.

10. Gentle Exercise

Some core muscles are needed to control a tube properly. Your arms and legs will also
get a gentle workout from paddling.

11. Enjoy a Variety of Terrain

Texas rivers wind along desert, brush, and a variety of interesting outdoor landscapes. There is no easier way to experience the varied nature of Southern Texas.

12. Step Away From the Screens

Do you spend much of your life on a smart phone, computer, or in front of the television? A tubing trip is a great chance to unplug for a while.

13. Learn to Love the Outdoors

Many modern people have forgotten how to enjoy being in nature. Tubing in beautiful Southern Texas is the antidote.

14. Choose Your Difficulty

There are sections of river that are gentle and slow, but others that are more challenging. You can choose how much whitewater and current you wish to encounter.

15. Alcohol Allowed

Very few river activities are conducive to a cold beer. You can always enjoy a cold one, in moderation, while tubing.

16. Outtakes Guaranteed!

There are always funny moments on a river tubing trip.

17. Make Memories

Whether you bring a camera (make it waterproof!) or just your own brain cells, a summer tubing trip is sure to create memories that will last a lifetime.

18. Little Planning Needed

Shanty Tubes will handle many of the details for you. Just bring yourself, some basic supplies for the day, and let us handle the heavy equipment and logistics.

19. Catch a Tan

Between the bright Texas sunshine and the light reflected off the water, you can definitely tan if you wish. If not, simply layer on some sunscreen and a hat.

20. Tubing Is Fun!

The most important reason to take a summer tubing trip is the fun! There is nothing quite like a day on the river.

Youth River Adventure

Health Benefits of River Tubing in NC

Discovering an Escape from the World via River Tubing and Riverside
Camping in NC

The mental health benefits of
river tubing are profound. Even just standing along a riverbank, the soothing
sound of water can help with a sense of calm, easing your stress. Floating the

  • Offers relief from the daily grind.
  • Provides the perfect opportunity for relaxation and
  • Gives way to an intense sense of peace and serenity.
  • Gets you away from Electronics.
  • Builds relationships with those you are tubing with.

Let the gentle current carry
away your worries as you enjoy nature.

River Tubing Soothing and Positive Effects on Anxiety

As you tune in to the soft
sounds of the water, you may feel the weight of anxiety slowly melting away.
The natural movement of the water works its magic, gently calming your mind and
ushering in a deep sense of peace.

When you spend time near the
river, the troubles and worries of everyday life seem to fade away, allowing
you to immerse yourself in the present moment within Nature and let go of those
nagging negative thoughts of everyday life.

The river’s embrace has a
remarkable way of nurturing your overall well-being and reducing the burden of the
hustle and bustle of todays world.

Physical Health Benefits of River Tubing and Camping

As you immerse yourself in the
cool touch of river water and the serenity of Nature, you will unlock a world
of physical health benefits.

Effects on Physical Activity Levels

Engaging with the water opens
the door to a range of health benefits, elevating our physical activity levels
to new heights. A few benefits of physical activity River Tubing:

  • Cardiovascular health, muscular strength, and overall
  • Gentle, low-impact workout on joints, making an ideal option
    for people of all fitness levels to enjoy.
  • A spark of interaction in a social environment

The river tubing is not merely
a Fun thing to do, which it is, it becomes an ally in improved well-being. Each
moment spent in the water infuses us with energy and happy thoughts, leaving us
feeling invigorated and revitalized if for only a day or weekend.

Aquatic Environment Benefits of River Water

The river is a crucial resource
with abundant benefits for the river ecosystems. It sustains diverse
ecosystems, offering habitats for plants and animals, including a variety of
fish species. Flowing water oxygenates the environment, supporting aquatic life.

Moreover, rivers act as natural
filters, purifying water by removing pollutants and sediment, ensuring clean
and sustainable conditions for aquatic organisms. You get to embrace all of
that merely by Tubing the River in NC.

In Conclusion, River Tubing in NC is Fun AND Good For You

The benefits of nature cannot
be denied!

Now is the perfect time to
experience the magic of River Tubing NC firsthand. Book a Dan River Adventure
today with Floatery and enjoy an
unforgettable and revitalizing adventure on the Dan River.

It’s not just fun – it’s good
for you too! We are believers in the power of nature-based activities.

Embrace tranquility, connect
with nature, and feel the positive impact on your well-being. Let the river be
your sanctuary and let Floatery be your guide to an incredible and rejuvenating

Don’t miss out on this
opportunity to float your way to a healthier and happier life. Your river
adventure awaits!

Float the River with Us

At Floatery we are passionate about providing a
safe and unforgettable experience as you float the Dan River in NC.