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Smoky Mountain River Rat

205 Wears Valley Road, Townsend, TN 37882
+1 865-448-8888
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Ranked #3 of 11 Activities in Townsend
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Amusement/ Theme Parks, Bodies of Water
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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! « less
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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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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 via mobile

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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chicago il
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 via mobile

The water was a little low, but it was very relaxing. We came across a few deep swimming holes and the water was very clear and refreshing. Waters aren't intimidating at all for any age.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

I have been a faithful River Rat customer for as long as I can remember and it just gets better each year. The facilities are always clean, the staff always friendly, and the tubes extremely durable. We like going to the main store as well as the upper location called The Shack. You really get your money's worth at this... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

This was a pretty fun place to go. As soon as you pull into the parking lot, there is a competitor across the street that's advertising the same river, for cheaper prices, but it didn't even appear they were open. We stuck with River Rat because that's who we first heard of. The water level was listed as "low" on... More

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Genoa, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

we had a very relaxing time just tubing down the river a great way 2 reconect enjoyed the senery the staff was very knowledgeable about even more fun things 2 do during r stay

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