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“great place” 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 #5 of 32 things to do in Townsend
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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!
Madison, Tennessee
2 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“great place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

river rat is very friendly and curteous.....enjoyed the trip....they informed us prior to purchasing our tickets that the river was low and it might rain.....I laughed we were going to tube down the river and if it rained that meant we might get wet.....hahaha. there tubes are bigger than the others I seen in the river......would definately use them again

Visited September 2013
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Mechanicsville, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Relaxing float down the Little River”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

After enjoying a week around Gatlinburg and in the Smokies, we enjoyed a nice leisurely trip down the Little River. It was nice and relaxing. The facilities were nice and clean and the staff was great. We asked for a place to eat nearby and they suggested the Campfire Grill which had some great food at a very reasonable price.

Visited September 2013
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46 reviews 46 reviews
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Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“The only way to float the Little River!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013 via mobile

We had a wonderful time on the river with River Rats. The entire staff was friendly and helpful. The go the extra mile to make sure you have everything you need. The facility was great. Changing rooms and restrooms were super clean. We brought our little Chihuahua out and they even made him welcome with lots of attention and his very own wristband too. The bus and driver was waiting on us at our exit point ready to help you out and get you back and ready to go again. I will definitely be back soon. I heard others people that had used River Rage and a few others complain about a lot but all is River Rats were happy!

Visited August 2013
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Washington, DC
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Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Easy, fun, safe, clean; quality experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

After checking out reviews on TripAdvisor, we chose River Rat. Everything was SO easy. Changing rooms were very spacious and immaculate.

I noticed that their already-sturdy tubes have an added layer of rubber material welded to the bottom, the same kind of material that they put on the bottom of white water rafts. The owners were friendly; they even offered us some of their sunscreen, in case we had forgotten our own. They were honest about the level of water (below average) and how much walking we'd have to do. In fact, he said we'd have to get up & walk a few times, but although we got "hung up" on rocks a time or two, we never had to get up & walk. It took us about 2 1/2 hours to float. Our daughters (9 & 11 yrs old) had no problems at all with the current, and loved it. The water is cold, but very clean most of the way. If you flip over on your tummy and look down, you will see the stones roll by, and occasionally see fish! You won't really need sunscreen; most of the way was in the shade. Do NOT bring your sunglasses; you won't need them and will probably lose them in the water. The exit is VERY clearly marked and impossible to miss, and it's easy to get out of the water and onto their ramp.

River Rat sells every size of water shoes (which are an absolute MUST) for $9.99 which is the same price as elsewhere, and these shoes stay on much better than other brands. We bought two pair. They also sell waterproof containers that hold your phone, and have a strap to go around your neck.

Visited August 2013
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“Just good old cheap fun with the family!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

Love this...just fun with the family all day. You can pack your own lunch and eat it there or buy something at the snack shack and ride the river over and over.

Visited August 2013
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