I usually go with River Rat... I think they may offer a couple of different options, but I always get in the river where their "office" is, and float down to their official exit, which usually takes me about an hour, hour and a half, maybe? Not sure since I don't wear a watch! However, you can go down the river as many times as you want until they close for the day. Twice is usually enough for me!
We love tubing. I first did it when I was 18 - long time ago - and have passed that on to my kids. That is the number one thing that they want to do in the summer when we visit.
We last rented from a place in Wears Valley and then took the tubes into the park. Either that or one of the ones in Townsend are fun. If you go into the park, you will not have the shuttle service. If you go with one of the companies in Townsend, you will.
When we go into the park, we usually grill lunch and spend the better part of the day there. You can spend as much time as you want in eather location. I hope you love it as much as we do!
I know I came across one that says it has a picnic area you can stop at. How the heck do you get food and drink with you down the river?
Also, we will be traveling with my 62 year old mother-in-law who LOVES tubing and my 2 1/2 year old niece. I had thought at first we could leave my niece with Grandma while we tubed until I found out she really wants to go. Do you think the 2 1/2 year old, carried on somebody's lap, can make the trip? She loves water but.............
The picnic area that I was referring to is Metcalf Bottoms. That is where we set up for the day. We don't try to tube with our food. We get a table along the river and then hop in the water right there, or walk up to the bridge and tube down to just past the end of the picnic area. Once there, we get out and walk the path back up to our table (or bridge) and get in and do it again. I wouldn't take the 2 1/2 year old tubing. What you can do is take turns tubing and the one who stays behind can play in the water by your table with the 2 1/2 year old. I think the river is just to unpredictable for that age. You can flip or loose your tube pretty easily. The amount of rain that the area has received will change the river level too. If it has been very dry, you will need to help the tub along is some sections, but for the most part, you won't have to do that.
Does that make a little more sence?
Yes, that makes sense and sound like a good option. Like I had said, my previous tubing experience was several hours long-not something where you could walk back to where you had started and do it again.
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