Smoky Mountain River Rat, Tubing and Whitewater

River Rat Tubing: Top Tubing Outpost in the Smokies | Townsend, TN

Come float your way down two routes on the Little River in beautiful Townsend, TN. Both tubing routes are included with all day passes, season memberships, and adventure packages - which you can float as many times as you want during operating hours on the day of your visit. Groups of all sizes are welcome, with group discounts available!

The Main Outpost float is our family-friendly float and features many small, refreshing rapids, scenic mountain views, swimming holes and even a private rock jump! This section is suitable for ages 3+, is dog-friendly and is ideal for those wanting to take it easy or first-timers to The Rat. 

Outpost B’s route is what we like to call our “adventure float,” as it features a handful of steeper, adrenaline-pumping rapids, refreshing swimming holes, and gorgeous mountain scenery. Due to the increased physical requirements of this route, this float is suitable for ages 6+. Dogs are not allowed on this route. You can also find our luxury, Private Riverside Cabana Rentals at this outpost. A full list of cabana amenities can be found on our website.

Note: Age restrictions may apply due to high-water levels. Check our website for daily updates.

Tubing Outpost amenities:

  • High-quality tubes, complimentary life jackets for all ages, tube tether rentals, unlimited shuttle rides, dog-friendly tubes, changing rooms, car key kiosk, locker rentals (Outpost A only), lunch options at both outposts, Gift Shops, and Private Riverside Cabana Rentals.

River Rat Whitewater: #1-Rated Whitewater Outpost by TripAdvisor | Hartford, TN

River Rat Whitewater offers unique, guided rafting adventures on the Pigeon River for all experience levels. All of our guides are triple-certified in safety training and ready to cater your rapids expedition to the type of adventure that you’re looking for.

For the adrenaline-seekers, our Upper Pigeon Adventure combines class III and IV rapids with the natural beauty of the Smoky Mountains for an unforgettable river-bound expedition (ages 8 and older). Our Xtreme Upper Pigeon Adventure features smaller rafts, where you’ll take your expedition up a notch and feel the full excitement of every rapid.


The Lower Pigeon Adventure has plenty of rapids to satisfy your craving for excitement, but mellow enough for even the youngest thrill-seekers with gorgeous mountain views on class I and II rapids (ages 3 and up).

Whitewater Outpost amenities:

  • On-site lunch at Grab It N Growl food truck, picnic area, changing rooms, hot showers, bus parking, and Gift Shop.

Also available:

  • Day-cations (full day of rafting) and Whitewater Rafting/Tubing combo packages

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205 Wears Valley Road , Townsend , TN 37882