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Smoky Mountain River Rat

205 Wears Valley Rd, Townsend, TN 37882-3307
+1 865-448-8888
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Always a good time

We always use river rat to tube down little river. This year was no exception. Didn't have to wait... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Beth K
via mobile
Fun for the whole family

Great little trip down the river to cool off and have fun. Its not exactly a lazy river trip...so... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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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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  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible4%
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205 Wears Valley Rd, Townsend, TN 37882-3307
+1 865-448-8888
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We always use river rat to tube down little river. This year was no exception. Didn't have to wait for the shuttle and the tubes didn't bust like some others we saw going down the river.

Thank Beth K
Reviewed 4 days ago

Great little trip down the river to cool off and have fun. Its not exactly a lazy river trip...so if you are looking for that don't go as there are spots where you will hit light rapids that will push you in crazy unexpected directions....but...More

Thank thamacher78
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This was our second visit to River Rat - the first being 10 years ago - and it has only gotten better. Great family fun! A great way to spend a couple hours on a hot summer day. We would have gone a second time...More

Thank Islandtraveler2015
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We were traveling with 4 children 11, 14, 16 and 19. They all enjoyed it (which can be difficult) The water level was moderate. It was a relaxing trip with a few small rapids.

Thank Amber R
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We had so much fun! The river was really cold but that didn't stop us from jumping off the rocks, swinging from the rope, exploring the cave, and the little old man that splashes you towards the end! We had a blast!

Thank Denise A
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very good! Everyone was nice and helpful. Water and rafts were great! River was just right and not to cold!

Thank molson5040
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was my first tubing trip and it couldn't have been better. I was concerned about the water temps but it was perfect (about 65 degrees but the air temp was at least 85). My husband and kids (8 and 12) had a blast tubing...More

Thank Mary Ann G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a great time on the River Rat tubes. As many people say, check the river level. We went one day when it was listed as "average" and had a 2 hour trip down the lower level. It rained heavy that night and we...More

Thank AussieDors
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We really enjoyed the time we spent together tubing along the Little River in Townsend, TN. The owner of the cabin we rented (Mountain Breeze) recommended River Rat to us. It worked out great for our family. We purchased the Splash Pass, which gave us...More

Thank Momof2STL
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went with about 10 family members aged 4 years to 43. We had a great time. From start to finish, the staff was friendly and helpful. The water level was a little low so there were times we got stuck on a rock. Definitely...More

Thank hcazzell74
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
What months are you open?
18 February 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
3 December 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
24 August 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.