Smoky Mountain River Rat, Tubing and Whitewater

River Rat Tubing: #1 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 passes, and adventure packages - with 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! For the ultimate river adventure experience, book one of our Riverside Cabana Rentals as well. Surrounded by gorgeous mountain views and nestled just feet from the riverside, there's no better way to relax between tubing trips.
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 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. This float is suitable for ages 6+. Dogs are not allowed on this route.
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, unlimited shuttle rides, dog-friendly tubes, changing rooms, key check, locker rentals (Outpost A only), lunch options at both outposts, Gift Shops, and Private Riverside Cabana Rentals.

River Rat Whitewater: #1 Whitewater Outpost in the Smokies | Hartford, TN

Adventure-enthusiasts of ALL experience levels, look no further! River Rat Whitewater is home to the Smokies' #1-Rated, guided rafting adventures on the #1 Rafting River in America.
Adventure-lovers, this one's for you. Our Upper Pigeon Adventure combines class III and IV rapids with the natural beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains and the Pisgah National Forest for an unforgettable river-bound expedition (ages 8 and older).
 Once our guests try out our Xtreme rafts, they never go back! Want to take your expedition up a notch? Take on all the thrills this section of the river has to offer in our specialized Xtreme rafts. No experience necessary! Our Xtreme Upper Pigeon Adventure takes on the same route in our specialized, smaller rafts. These boats' smaller size provides rafters more agility to experience the full excitement of every rapid.
Rafting with young ones, or just want to take it easy? 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).

Our team of highly experienced guides are ready to uniquely cater your rapids expedition to the adventure type that you’re looking for. Take your pick of half or full-day expeditions at the River Rat, ranging from serene to extreme.

  • River Rat Whitewater is the closest rafting to Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and Knoxville. We’re located just 25 miles from Gatlinburg and 30 miles from Pigeon Forge.
    Whitewater Outpost amenities:
    On-site lunch at Grab It N Growl food truck,
    draft beer, 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