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“Great family fun!!”

Smoky Mountain River Rat Tubing
Ranked #3 of 21 things to do in Townsend
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Smoky Mountain River Rat has offered guests tubing adventures on the Little River for 24 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 your youngest thrill seeker. Ages include 2+ years old. Open 7 days, May-Labor Day. **NEW 2018- Riverside Cabana Rentals now available! For photos and info, visit our website. Want more PADDLE, SPLASH & PLAY? River Rat also offers whitewater rafting with Smoky Mountain River Rat Whitewater. Formerly USA Raft, River Rat Whitewater offers guests rafting adventures on the Pigeon River in Hartford, TN- conveniently located off I-40 at the TN/NC border. We are the closest rafting outpost to Gatlinburg, Knoxville and Pigeon Forge. Rafting, ThrillKats, fishing and more... The most fun you will ever have in the water awaits you on the Pigeon River. All experience levels welcome!
Reviewed 25 June 2018 via mobile

We had three adults and two young children(5 & 6) in our party and we did the Outpost A since the water was up and only ages 14 and up was allowed to do the other area of the river. We had a blast. We used our own rope to tether us all together. A push stick would be very handy. Definitely wear water shoes as you will have to get out of the tubes at certain points, and flip flops are not water shoes. They do offer life jackets for those who want them, but be warned that they reek. All in all we had a great time, the boys gave it a double thumbs up!

Thank tncutiepie
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Reviewed 25 June 2018

It was sunny and hot the day we tubed down the river as a group of 9. The tubes were clean, the staff really helpful, and our pick up guys super at the other end. So Much Fun!

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Reviewed 24 June 2018 via mobile

This is our 3rd time down the river. The water level was up, so we floated the river in a hour or so. The higher water is nice, but it makes the experience go a little quick. BUT you can go again for free if you want. Several small rapids along the way, which makes things interesting.

We got there early so it cost us $13.00 for the adults and I think $10.00 for our youngest.

Staff is helpful.

I would recommend this company.

Happy floating.

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Reviewed 23 June 2018 via mobile

We really enjoyed our time here. We did Outpost A first and it was very fun. I do recommend water shoes and the push stick. The ride was about an hour and a half long and it was an average water level so we did have to walk in some spots not many. There is a jumping rock that’s fun and a cave. After we finished they had a bus come get you and take you back. Which was very convenient. You can also do it as many times as you would like all for the same price. We then ate at the cafe, not recommended if you are planning to go to Outpost B eat at the burger place there. When we went to Outpost B we knew it was rougher, but we was not ready or skilled enough for the middle part of that experience. All three in the party flipped and both me and my mom both got beat up pretty bad. I would recommend this for more experienced tubers. Would go back though.

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Reviewed 22 June 2018

This was my favorite part of our vacation. Make sure the USGS River Data has the river listed at 2.5 ft or higher or else you'll be walking over alot of river rock during your float. Don't take any personal belongings with you in your pockets. We passed a guy who was looking all in the river (He had lost all his cash). They'll keep your vehicle keys for you at the office. Tethers to tie your child's tube to yours are $2 deposit each and you get that $2 back when you return the tether. Walk right down a tunnel to the river, get in and float for about an hour and a half. Nice rock wall to jump off of into the water about halfway down. Bus brings you back. You can tube it as many times as you want for one payment during that day.

Thank DH0913
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