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River Rat Tubing | Townsend, TN

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River Rat Tubing

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Smoky Mountain River Rat is your East TN destination for a cool escape in the heart of the Smokies. From top-notch Tubing to heart-pumping Whitewater Rafting, we specialize in making lasting memories. Family owned and operated since 1995, our business is rooted in providing a positive experience for everyone.

Looking for the best tubing in the Smoky Mountains? You just found it!

Come float your way down the Little River in the beautiful Townsend, TN. We offer two awesome tubing routes with a single wristband, which you can float as many times as you want during our operating hours on the day of your visit.

Our tubing routes include both the upper section and lower sections of the Little River. The lower section (Main Outpost, ages 2+) is our family-friendly float and features relaxing rapids, scenic views, and even a rock jump! The lower section is ideal for those wanting to take it easy or  first-timers to The Rat. The upper section (Outpost B, ages 6+) is what we like to call the “adventure float.” It features a scenic float with adrenaline-pumping rapids and cool, refreshing swimming holes.
Note: Age restrictions may apply due to high-water levels. Check with us for more information.

Tubing Amenities:

  • High-quality tubes, complimentary life jackets for all ages, tube tether rentals, unlimited shuttle rides, dog-friendly tubes, changing rooms, car key kiosk, and lunch options at both outposts

Also available:

  • Private Riverside Cabana Rentals, Tube/ Whitewater Rafting  combo packages (Splash Pass)

River Rat Tubing is a quick 15 miles from Pigeon Forge, only 20 miles from Gatlinburg, and nine miles from Cades Cove Scenic Loop in the Smoky Mountain National Park.

We pride ourselves in our customer service and offer a great atmosphere both on and off the river. No party is too big or too small, and no occasion is necessary. Come play in Mother Nature's Water Parks! PADDLE! SPLASH! PLAY!

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River Rat Main Outpost | Townsend, TN
River Rat Tubing, Main Outpost | Townsend, TN
Smoky Mountain Views
Smoky Mountain views on our lower float
River Rat Main Outpost | Tube Tunnel
Direct water access through our rock tunnel | Main Outpost
Rock bluff at River Rat upper float
Take the plunge off of our rock bluff into a swimming hole | Main Outpost
Great for the whole family
Exciting memories for the whole family
Outpost B and Burger Master
Outpost B location and the Burger Master next door
Adventurous rapids on our upper float
Adventurous rapids on our upper float | Outpost B
Perfect activity for groups of any size!
Perfect activity for groups of any size!
Riverside Cabana Rentals
Private Riverside Cabana Rentals... fully-stocked and nestled just feet from the Little River.
River Rat Tubing

For the most up-to-date hours and information, please contact River Rat Tubing directly.


205 Wears Valley Road
Townsend, TN 37882


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Dates Closed
Oct. - Apr.
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