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Smoky Mountain River Rat

205 Wears Valley Rd, Townsend, TN 37882-3307
+1 865-448-8888
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So Much Fun

Was here several years ago and it was so much fun. Bought one of their T Shirts wish they would... read more

Reviewed May 30, 2016
Relaxing way to spend the day

Every year my whole family goes camping in the smokies and we always go tubing. Friendly staff... read more

Reviewed May 26, 2016
Beth K
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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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205 Wears Valley Rd, Townsend, TN 37882-3307
+1 865-448-8888
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Reviewed May 30, 2016

Was here several years ago and it was so much fun. Bought one of their T Shirts wish they would advertise them on their website for sale since I wore mine out and need to replace it. Highly recommend this place.

Thank C0vertCritic
Reviewed May 26, 2016 via mobile

Every year my whole family goes camping in the smokies and we always go tubing. Friendly staff, good tubes and just a nice environment.

Thank Beth K
Reviewed April 7, 2016

My family has made it a yearly tradition to go tubing with River Rat. Their have good prices, nice facilties, and high quality tubes. They have a nice little gift shop with tshirts and also items you may have forgotten (river shoes, sunscreen, etc). They...More

1  Thank Whitney A
Reviewed April 2, 2016 via mobile

The best way to spend a hot summer day!! Sooo much fun!! The staff was so friendly and helpful!! The ride back was almost as fun as the tubing and we we're so glad they had a cafe for lunch when we got back!! Try...More

1  Thank Erin D
Reviewed October 4, 2015

We opted for the upper river tour which was supposed to have a bit more rapids to them. Our son is 5 !1/2 and I hooked his tube to mine with the cable they give you. I'm so glad we picked this one as it...More

1  Thank suzen06
Reviewed September 28, 2015

Two couples in our early 50's. We stayed at the Riverstone Inn at Jack's Shack. The first few days we watched the rafters drift by on the river right outside our cabin. The third day we decided to do it ourselves. It was a beautiful...More

1  Thank Sherri R
Reviewed September 24, 2015

We visited the River Rat in June 2014 and absolutely LOVED it! It was an inexpensive day and we had a wonderful time floating down the river! It was the highlight of our trip! We wanted to come back in June of 2015 to do...More

2  Thank Sue H
Reviewed September 22, 2015 via mobile

very good tubing. the water levels were very low due to lack of rain. it's very hard to navigate the rocks when the water is so low and it was annoying. but that was not their fault. the facility was clean and the staff was...More

Thank USC T
Reviewed September 20, 2015 via mobile

There are a few tubing companies on the same stretch of river. Some advetis3 being cheapest but you get what you pay for. River rats is clean, organized, and professional. The staff was very polite. The facility, equipment and shuttle bus were were all like...More

Thank StressedDaddy
Reviewed September 9, 2015

be ready for an all day adventure,,,figured it would be a nice little trip,,never imagined it would be as long as it was ,,which wasnt bad because it gave you time to play,,sight see and then relax,,

1  Thank Rhonda W
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
What months are you open?
February 18, 2017|
Response from tnriverfun | Property representative |
We are open from May until Labor Day. Our exact opening date and closing date is based on weather and water level. Follow us on Facebook at River Rat Tubing for the latest
you said there was another place for less money what is the other place name? thanks mary Ann
December 2, 2016|
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Response from RodLop67 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry. It's the business next to it. It's less expensive, maybe, because it's a shorter run.
Do you pick what section of the river to float down or does everyone do the same? I see someone posted they picked the slower section so I am confused. Also does the river move you along pretty well do you end up having to hand paddle? I know water level has a lot to do with it
August 24, 2016|
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Response from D R | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for late response. The water was low when we went and we did have to hand paddle a little. And walk a little. Everyone does the same route. It was very fun though. Very relaxing.