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Smoky Mountain River Rat

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Address: 205 Wears Valley Road, Townsend, TN 37882
Phone Number: +1 865-448-8888
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Description: Smoky Mountain River Rat has offered guests tubing adventures on the...
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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slow river good for kids!

We did the slower moving river. It was great for kids. The tubes have bottoms, so it was easy to sit back and relax. Some parts were deeper than 6 ft, so take a vest for younger... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
Jasey19
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 via mobile

We did the slower moving river. It was great for kids. The tubes have bottoms, so it was easy to sit back and relax. Some parts were deeper than 6 ft, so take a vest for younger swimmers. Look for coupons before you go.

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Owingsville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

My boyfriend and I were just looking for something to take up a couple of free hours during our stay at Tennessee and we came across a pamphlet for this place. We ended up spending the whole day there and had a blast. The river was slow and calm for the most part which was relaxing and gave us time... More 

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Townsend, Tennessee
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is a well run business. They are informed on what you can and can't do, where to get in the river, and where to get out. The shuttle is timely and available.

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Chesapeake, OH
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5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

River Rat is a very peaceful trip down the Pigeon River. You can float and swim on your 2 hour trip down the river. They have increased the length of the trip so it takes about 2 hours. When the water is down you may have to paddle a little bit but for the most part you just lay back,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

This ride down river is great!!! The rapids are not too bad ( we had a low water level). The views are spectacular!! The rife last about 1.5 hrs depending on the flow. Our 7 year old wanted to go alone, even though I had the option of clipping her to my tube, and her tube had a bottom where... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The tubes and facility were great. However I would not recommend tubing when the water is low. We got stuck on everything and I fell out in the rapids trying to get unstuck. This is not River Rats fault just my thoughts. When we got to the end we didn't even wait five minutes at the end before we had... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Wayne is the nice mustached man who drives the shuttle for River Rat. Best way to spend a relaxing day in the Smokies!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

I went too river Rat today, and I had a blast! also these two blondes on a golf cart helped me out alot, and were very sweet and fun too talk too! Thanks for the amazin time River Rat!

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Rome, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

We arrived at River Rat around 11 am. It wasn't very crowded at all and we were served pretty quickly. To speed up the process it would be helpful to print and fill out the waiver before you get there. It will really speed up the process. Staff was nice and didn't seem annoyed even when it was busy. Outside... More 

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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

It was our first time tubing in the Smokies and a first time tubing for our kids. They are ages 9 and 4. We all had a blast. The process of paying, getting our tubes, life jackets and getting into the river was simple and seamless. The river was tame but moved us along for the 1.5 mile to exit.... More 

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