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Smoky Mountain River Rat

205 Wears Valley Rd, Townsend, TN 37882-3307
+1 865-448-8888
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7/16/16 Visit

My husband, our 4-1/2 yr old son and I arrived shortly after 10 am this morning. We were greeted... read more

Reviewed 16 July 2016
Columbus, Ohio
via mobile
This is fun

We did the tube trip and it was easy and fun ! We will do it again when we come back ! You can go... read more

Reviewed 15 July 2016
Kenneth W
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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205 Wears Valley Rd, Townsend, TN 37882-3307
+1 865-448-8888
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Reviewed 16 July 2016 via mobile

My husband, our 4-1/2 yr old son and I arrived shortly after 10 am this morning. We were greeted promptly and received the early bird discount. We changed into our water gear then we were on our way in no time. Our son was tethered...More

Thank jklay71
Reviewed 15 July 2016 via mobile

We did the tube trip and it was easy and fun ! We will do it again when we come back ! You can go again for free if you go early enough! It's got some cool Rapids but nothing young kids can't handle. They...More

Thank Kenneth W
Reviewed 15 July 2016 via mobile

Well done tubing experience. I had to work hard because the water was shallow but it was beautiful and we got a longer run for the same price as others

Thank Debra N
Reviewed 15 July 2016

Had a wonderful day on the lower river! Great price for a large group. The staff was incredibly helpful and accommodating. From our youngest to the grandparents - all had a wonderful time! There were even staff members and volunteers to help us out of...More

1  Thank cmwinters76
Reviewed 15 July 2016 via mobile

Tubing companies in the Smokies seem to be a dime a dozen. We chose this one because we had a coupon. Our experience was pleasant. There is a nice facility for you to change your clothes. After tubing we did not have to wait long...More

Thank bran1981
Reviewed 14 July 2016 via mobile

The lower route is perfect for small children. It is slower, safer and has fewer rapids. At the end a bus takes you back where you started and there's a nice snack bar there where the kids can get lunch and some ice cream. My...More

1  Thank Retired_in_2009
Reviewed 14 July 2016

Had a great time, once you pay you can go again for free, we had a blast. River was high the day we went- tethers are available for a two dollar deposit and I would highly recommend to keep smaller children close by or if...More

1  Thank FishladyJax
Reviewed 13 July 2016

Our family had the perfect afternoon with River Rat! The folks at the Rat were incredibly professional and organized. ( They even kept my keys for me.) Their facility is spotless and The water was perfect! We choose to tube the river twice and still...More

1  Thank B8431BCamandaw
Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

Great day of tubing! The staff is friendly and informative, safety 1st! Nice scenic river float on your own. I recommend water shoes, in case you have to walk with your tube through some low water spots. Will definitely be back!

1  Thank Julie T
Reviewed 12 July 2016

Extremely Clean facility and professional friendly staff!! Grab a snack(Best Place To Give Your Children Melting Ice-cream) lifejacket for the kiddos, and a tube...even a tether for dad-kid tube so mom can enjoy the float! Hey, she's earned it! This is the only place my...More

2  Thank photogmom313
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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
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.
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.