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Smoky Mountain River Rat

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Address: 205 Wears Valley Rd, Townsend, TN 37882-3307
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+1 865-448-8888

Smoky Mountain River Rat has offered guests tubing adventures on the Little...

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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Great bang for the buck!

Very inexpensive and will last all afternoon. My husband, one of my brothers, and I did this one afternoon and it took three hours to float down the river. I cannot swim, but I... read more

Reviewed 28 January 2017
North Carolina
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North Carolina
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Reviewed 28 January 2017

Very inexpensive and will last all afternoon. My husband, one of my brothers, and I did this one afternoon and it took three hours to float down the river. I cannot swim, but I still enjoyed myself. Some areas get higher than 10 feet deep and you are allowed to swim if you'd like. At one point there is a... More 

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Reviewed 13 January 2017

Floated down the river on a hot August day. Water was a little chilly at first but felt amazing. I would recommend bringing water shoes because some places you will get stuck and have to walk through. There's a swimming hole down the river a ways where you can jump of the ledges. One of my best memories from this... More 

Thank Jessica G
Biggleswade, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 November 2016

First time we have ever been tubing, and it was a great experience all round. Lots of car parking, everything was clean and well organised. All the equipment looked well cared for. All the staff were welcoming and friendly. The river was really an experience with some fast running rapids and some nice slow bits, lots of wildlife too. If... More 

Thank Charlie C
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Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

Good Food, Friendly Servers, Beautiful atmosphere on the River, Reasonable prices. Next time we will try rafting-for now rafting is closed for the Season.

Thank Kathleen M
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Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

Went late in the season and they were the only tubing company still operating so I guess we were in luck! But I went last year and a few other times in years past and the price at the River Rat was way over rated... I have found the same deal for $7 a person and we paid $15 a... More 

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Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

We had a great relaxing day. Water was a little low but did not inhibit having a great time and enjoying the river. Stayed out for about 3 hours. There is a great deeper swimming spot where you can jump off the rocks into the water. Would advise bringing a lunch or snacks for between floats down the river

Thank Kevin S
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5 reviews
Reviewed 13 September 2016

Great service and atmosphere, We have been twice with family and friends and it was amazing both times. We will be back again and again!

Thank Diana R
Powell, Tennessee
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76 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

This excursion is right down my alley. 2 hours floating down the river. I felt like Huck Finn. I gave the adventure a 4 because of observations of other groups. If you are interested in bringing your family here, there are some things you need to keep in mind: The office will keep your personal belongings like keys at no... More 

Thank AER111
Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2016

Low water the day we went. but overall a great day of tubing. Nice long chunk of river to float on. Nice scenery. Great staff and accommodations.

1 Thank playaway181
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3 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

Located next to where we stay, this is a must place to use. The staff was wonderful and so friendly!

Thank Sarah A

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