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Smoky Mountain River Rat

205 Wears Valley Rd, Townsend, TN 37882-3307
+1 865-448-8888
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Great way to cool off

Great family activity and a great way to cool off on a hot day. The staff is friendly and the... read more

Reviewed 2 January 2018
Melinda H
Charlotte, North Carolina
Tubing Was A Nice Time To Relax

Their tubing experience is for all ages. It was very relaxing and slow paced. There is an area down... read more

Reviewed 14 December 2017
Hanover, Pennsylvania
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Smoky Mountain River Rat has offered guests tubing adventures on the Little River for 20 years! River Rat is located 15 miles south of Pigeon Forge in Townsend, TN, the Peaceful Side of The Smokies. Tubing trips offer plenty of rapids to satisfy your craving for excitement, but the Little River is mellow enough for even the youngest thrill seeker. This adventure is fun for ages 2 and older. Open 7 days, May - Labor Day. Want something with more PADDLE, SPLASH & PLAY? The River Rat also offers white water rafting with their "sister company". USA Raft Smoky Mountains offers guests white water rafting adventures on the Pigeon River in Hartford, TN. We are conveniently located right off I-40 at the Tennessee, North Carolina border. USA Raft is the closest white water adventure rafting to Gatlinburg, Knoxville and Pigeon Forge. Your next adventure is waiting for you in the Great Smoky Mountains. Whether you are planning a quick weekend getaway or a fun family vacation, USA Raft the premier outfitter for rafting in the Smoky Mountains has an adventure that is just right for you! Our experienced guides combine safety with the rush of an outdoor adventure to give you and your family the thrill of a lifetime! From rafting to ThrillKats to fishing and more, the most fun you will ever have in the water awaits you on the Pigeon River. At USA Raft we believe it is our job to make rafting in the Smoky Mountains your first choice for vacation fun!
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205 Wears Valley Rd, Townsend, TN 37882-3307
+1 865-448-8888
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Reviewed 2 January 2018

Great family activity and a great way to cool off on a hot day. The staff is friendly and the store is stocked with anything that you may have forgotten. There are deeper areas of the river to jump off your tube and go for...More

Thank Melinda H
Reviewed 14 December 2017

Their tubing experience is for all ages. It was very relaxing and slow paced. There is an area down river where you can climb rocks and jump in from different heights. The kids loved it. Be sure you use plenty of sun tan lotion and...More

Thank ZachSmith17331
Reviewed 10 September 2017

Tubing is probably not something we would normally do. However, we decided to do it on the day of the solar eclipse so that we would have a good space to watch the eclipse. The tubing experience is well organised and the staff friendly. The...More

Thank 20Tibbs
Reviewed 5 September 2017

We stayed at the Townsend KOA campgrounds in part because we wanted to do the tubing the KOA advertises. Being the cautious mom I am, I called and asked who the tubing company was so I could check them out. It was Cowboy Tubin'. Their...More

3  Thank Tara S
Reviewed 31 August 2017

Spent the day on the river. There were warnings of low water but we had no problems. Had fun swimming & relaxing. Staff was very friendly. Great with the 5 kids we had with us.

Thank Kallen1277
Reviewed 29 August 2017

I went on this with my family and we had a blast! The cost included doing it as many times as possible on the purchased day. We got there before 11AM and got 2 dollars off per ticket. There are coupon books in the area...More

Thank mrscams1
Reviewed 27 August 2017

We went for the solar eclipse event and we definitely had a lot of fun. After tubing down the river for almost three hours, which was very relaxing, we enjoyed the live music while waiting to see the solar eclipse. I liked how well organized...More

Thank sirnea
Reviewed 25 August 2017 via mobile

My hubby and I went tubing at this place. It's $15 per person (without a coupon- there might be one. ) It's a safe place and the staff is nice. This activity is good for couples and the entire family. It is better to do...More

Thank Tochi4ever2000
Reviewed 24 August 2017 via mobile

After a bit of a drive from Gatlinburg, we found River Rat tubing. Only $15 per adult, everyone was friendly and helpful. Bring water shoes or purchase there, the rocks are very slippery. Water level was down a little, we had to walk a little....More

Thank burkejo
Reviewed 23 August 2017 via mobile

As far as it goes for tubing in Townsend River Rat is number one! They have quality tubes and staff. Everyone was helpful and organized. They leep your keys safe for free. We happened to tube during the total eclipse, which was one of the...More

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Questions & Answers
19 February 2017|
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Response from tnriverfun | Property representative |
We are open from May until Labor Day. Our exact opening date and closing date is based on weather and water level. Follow us on Facebook at River Rat Tubing for the latest
3 December 2016|
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Response from RodLop67 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry. It's the business next to it. It's less expensive, maybe, because it's a shorter run.
24 August 2016|
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Response from D R | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for late response. The water was low when we went and we did have to hand paddle a little. And walk a little. Everyone does the same route. It was very fun though. Very relaxing.