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Smoky Mountain River Rat

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Address: 205 Wears Valley Rd, Townsend, TN 37882-3307
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+1 865-448-8888

Smoky Mountain River Rat has offered guests tubing adventures on the Little...

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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Family Vacation 2016

First time tubing and loved it. Water was a little low but not their fault. Will do it again. Had our Daughter with us and she loved it and so did my step son.

Reviewed 5 July 2016
Rayna A
East Liverpool, Ohio, United States
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East Liverpool, Ohio, United States
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37 reviews
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Reviewed 5 July 2016 via mobile

First time tubing and loved it. Water was a little low but not their fault. Will do it again. Had our Daughter with us and she loved it and so did my step son.

Thank Rayna A
Gainesville, Florida
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46 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 July 2016

I really want to emphasize that there was nothing at all wrong with our experience at this particular tubing establishment. They were friendly and professional and picked us up at the end to drive us back in a timely manner. My only beef with this attraction is that if the water is low, don't go! We spent a large portion... More 

1 Thank Nathan K
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Reviewed 4 July 2016

Had a great experience with River Rat Tubing. We have 6 & 5 yr old boys and it was their first time tubing. They had a BLAST!!! Prices are just right. We would have given River Rat a perfect score if the young gentleman that worked for River Rat would have helped my two kiddos out of the river when... More 

Thank Tamela C
Sevierville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 July 2016 via mobile

I've been to river rat before in the past because I am a local, but this time it was very disappointing. The water level of the river itself was extremely low. The employees did say the water would be low and you would have to walk some, but they didn't say anything about getting caught on rocks and running into... More 

1 Thank sydney w
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13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 July 2016 via mobile

This is our second year in a row going. We love it! One of the reasons we decided to come back to Townsend TN was to go tubing at River Rats. Get your tube, get in the chilly river water and float. It's relaxing and fun. You will get stuck depending on the water level but getting unstuck is part... More 

Thank Nicole S
Mount Prospect, Illinois
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24 reviews
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Reviewed 1 July 2016 via mobile

We had a fantastic time tubing down the river. It was only about 72 degrees when arrived but the water felt perfect. The facilities are very clean and new. The staff is extremely courteous and helpful. You feel as though they genuinely are interested that you are having fun! The place runs like clockwork to get you in and then... More 

Thank Paul L
fayetteville, United States
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Reviewed 30 June 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed river on low side but nice and refreshing .... Definitely should wear tie covering non slip water shoes . My kids were 9,5,3 plus 3 adults all had a good time. Check out the pork tacos in the snack area yummy !!!!

Thank David Ashley H
Austin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 June 2016 via mobile

We had a crowd of 18, everyone had a great time, we were pleasantly sur pirates when we arrived that the price included as many trips down as you wanted to take. The tubes were in great shape and the staff was friendly and helpful, Although the water was a little low, everyone had a great time. Don't forget your... More 

Thank CM1401
Fort Wayne, Indiana
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211 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 June 2016 via mobile

We had a Great time on the river. We had a Family group of 8 people. Took approximately 2 hours to float the 1 1/2 miles down stream. I would recommend this for everyone. Good Memories with the grandkids.

Thank Bill H
Murfreesboro, Tennessee, United States
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 June 2016

First time to visit this location. Always try to tube on the river when I am in Gatlinburg. This location I highly recommend over the others for the following reasons. You enter the river at their location, no shuttle to start your trip. They will shuttle you at the end, but you get there & jump in! Also a place... More 

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