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Smoky Mountain River Rat

205 Wears Valley Rd, Townsend, TN 37882-3307
+1 865-448-8888
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Relaxing and fun

Everyone had a great time. The water was cold when we first got in but we quickly acclimated. We... read more

Reviewed 20 August 2017
Vicki F
via mobile
River tumble

Stayed in a hotel nearby the river raft place. Went over there in the afternoon when it rained... read more

Reviewed 19 August 2017
jade y
Poole, United Kingdom
via mobile
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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%
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“low water” (30 reviews)
“water shoes” (64 reviews)
205 Wears Valley Rd, Townsend, TN 37882-3307
205 Wears Valley Rd, Townsend, TN 37882-3307
+1 865-448-8888
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Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

Everyone had a great time. The water was cold when we first got in but we quickly acclimated. We chose this outfitter cause they have been here the longest. Very clean, friendly staff, snack shack available. We took the 2hr trip, but Will take the...More

Thank Vicki F
Reviewed 19 August 2017 via mobile

Stayed in a hotel nearby the river raft place. Went over there in the afternoon when it rained heavily. I managed to jump out of the tumble and swam to shore. Nearly gave up the activity, but rain was gone after 40 minutes waiting. The...More

1  Thank jade y
Reviewed 18 August 2017 via mobile

We visited River Rat twice...once for tubing, then the following day for whitewater rafting. I paid $45 each person for unlimited tubing and one rafting trip. Worth every penny. Water shoes are a must! The tubing and rafting are in two completely different towns. Both...More

Thank Mindy Y
Reviewed 18 August 2017

I had a fun time tubing with my family.You can get a discount if you make reservations and pay online which is nice because then you don't need to bring any money/credit cards with you. You definitely need to wear water shoes, you can bring...More

Thank traceyw35
Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

Amazing white water trip with our guide, Ewok. Had a blast. Can't wait to return next year! Thanks for a wonderful day on the river.

Thank Scott L
Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

Unfortunately no pictures from this adventure and the water was low. The family and I decided to go for it anyway and we all had a blast. Suggestion though bring water shoes or buy them there for $10! Rocks are slippery and you definitely need...More

Thank Pilatescrazy19
Reviewed 15 August 2017

This August my family and I went on a 1 1/2 white water rafting tour with our guide, JJ. My 2 boys, (8 and 4) loved it. They experienced some good rapids and got wet. The Pigeon River is beautiful as in flows through the...More

Thank millersbadge
Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

Our family had a great time. Excellent service and the one and a half hour ride went through some easy rapids and calm stretches. Good for all ages. Beautiful surroundings.

Thank CAlva55
Reviewed 13 August 2017

I loved it and would do it again!! We did wrafting with 3 toddlers and our guide Savannah was so patient and amazing. I would suggest it to anyone

Thank Maria M
Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

I do not recommend this. The water is very low in spots and you have to actually get out and walk thru most of it. It is extremely long and slow and very boring. The water is ice cold. With so many other things to...More

Thank ryanhG5418LE
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Questions & Answers
18 February 2017|
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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
2 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.
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.