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“Great time again this year, with more updates for even faster service.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Smoky Mountain River Rat

Smoky Mountain River Rat
205 Wears Valley Road, Townsend, TN 37882
+1 865-448-8888
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Ranked #3 of 15 Activities in Townsend
Type: Amusement/ Theme Parks, Bodies of Water, Adventure
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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!
Seymour, Tennessee, United States
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Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Great time again this year, with more updates for even faster service.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012

Great time again this year, with more updates for faster service. We went this time with a 16, 12, 9, 5 & 3 year old with 2 moms and it was great fun for everybody. The weather was hot so the cool mountain water was perfect and it had rained lately, so the water flow was awesome. The older kids tubed, swam in the swimming holes, really enjoyed jumping off the rope swing and each took a turn on the paddleboard. The paddleboard rental is new for this year and is a big hit. Other updates include opening up the inside of the check-in area where service is friendly and fast. The shuttle service was right on time, friendly and the return area has a new building and is really organized and fast. The "Hangout" was the place to grab a snack for the ride home. The barbeque sandwiches and Island Oasis smoothies hit the spot. They also had hotdogs, nachos and icecream on the menu. I love this outing for good wholesome family fun in the outdoors. Also note, this is a relaxing trip for those without children, too.

Visited July 2012
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Carrollton, Kentucky
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Great Fun!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012

Best tubes on the river. I had read about the other companies having flimsy tubes and they were right. Actually saw two people with a deflated tube having to walk down the main road to other company.

Visited July 2012
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Seymour, Tennessee
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Best Tubing ever!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012

This place rocks! Great crew, good tubes. Just go here and stay clear of River Rage Tubing!

Visited July 2012
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“Great time!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012 via mobile

My husband & 3 kids (all under 10 years old) & I had the best time. The place is very organized, clean, & the staff was very friendly & informative. There shuttle service was right on time & continuous so we never had to wait. I highly recommend this!

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Fun and Relaxing”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2012

I went with a group of 3 other people, one was a teenager. We all had a blast. I will give a tip, it is best to go after it has rained. When we went it had been extremely dry for a long time and the creek was down so we did get caught on a few rocks. They estimated the trip would take about 2 hours and ours took 3 mainly because we kept getting stuck on rocks. Overall, it was fun and made for a perfect day trip.

Visited June 2012
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