Little River Pub and Deli is located on the Little River in beautiful Townsend, TN in front of the Strawberry Patch Inn. Sit back and enjoy their relaxed environment, beautiful location, local craft brews (mainly from Maryville and Knoxville), and delicious food. This quaint, local pub is family owned, operated, and argued over! They have plenty of comfortable seating to offer – including their lovely beer garden on the river. Come and enjoy! Everyone is welcome! Vegetarian, kid’s meals, and gluten-free available.
DISTANCE FROM: River Rat Tubing: 2 miles • River Rat Whitewater Rafting: 50 miles • Pigeon Forge: 17.2 miles • Gatlinburg: 23.5 miles
Uncle Lem’s Outfitters is a locally owned and operated outdoor store on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge. We carry the best outdoor brands including Chaco, Patagonia, Kavu, Osprey, HydroFlask and more. We also sell Uncle Lem’s branded clothing, tumblers, and local honey. Named after Lem Ownby, a honey farmer and the last lifetime lease holder in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, we are here to greet visitors with the same enthusiasm for these mountains as he did. Whether you are day hiking in the Smokies or backpacking internationally, we are here to help you adventure more and live abundantly!
DISTANCE FROM: River Rat Whitewater Rafting: 34 miles • River Rat Tubing: 15.5 miles • Gatlinburg: 10 miles
Tucked in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, Little Arrow Outdoor Resort is surrounded by miles of majestic wilderness and packed with exciting activities and luxurious accommodations. Our cozy accommodations have been thoughtfully designed with perks like wood-burning fireplaces, plush bedding, a swimming pool, and more to meet your unique needs. With RV sites, cabins, glamping tents, and tiny homes, escaping to your own wilderness retreat has never been easier!
DISTANCE FROM: River Rat Whitewater Rafting: 48 miles • River Rat Tubing: 1 miles • Gatlinburg: 22 miles • Pigeon Forge: 17 miles
The mountains are calling…and they’re saying you should head to the amazing Smoky Mountains by booking a rental property with Stay Minty. They have handpicked the best cabins and glamping domes for group rentals of any size—perfect for a weekend getaway, bachelorette bash, bachelor weekend, family reunion, or birthday party. Each of the cabins are primed and ready for your large or small group gathering, so you can take in the views from the large decks or spend the day splashing in the indoor pools. Or let nature shine with a visit to GLAMP Dunn’s Creek, in Cosby, Tennessee. With eight uniquely GLAMP-styled accommodations to choose from, with amenities like full kitchens, bathrooms, hot tubs, and more!
We are a non-profit, Christian Retreat Center, which houses the home office for Children’s Bible Ministries, Inc. We offer seven cabins/lodges of varying sizes, sleeping from 2-40 guests! The main lodge features a beautiful pool, which is available to all guests. All cabins have gas fireplaces, fully equipped kitchens, and hot tubs. Bed and bath linens are also provided!
DISTANCE FROM: River Rat Whitewater Rafting: 50.3 miles • River Rat Tubing: 5 miles • Gatlinburg: 25.6 miles • Pigeon Forge: 21.4 miles
RIVER RAT RECOMMENDATIONS
Whether you’re visiting in the winter, summer, fall or spring, Townsend always offers beautiful views and fun things to do, so let us help you plan your trip! Summer and spring offer the perfect hiking weather, beautiful wildflowers, and fun festivals. Fall gives a display of beautiful, colorful trees while winter offers holiday magic and the chance to see snow on a mountaintop. Any time of the year, it’s a great place to visit.
DISTANCE FROM: River Rat Whitewater Rafting: 46.4 miles • River Rat Tubing: 0.4 miles • Gatlinburg: 21.3 miles • Pigeon Forge: 17.1 miles
The Burger Master Drive-In, located in Townsend, Tennessee, at the gateway to Cades Cove, and beside River Rat Tubing Outpost B, is a “must-stop”. They have been serving up memories for the tourists for over 50 years. Stop in for a classic drive-in dinner and ice cream cone today!
DISTANCE FROM: River Rat Whitewater Rafting: 46.4 miles • River Rat Tubing: 0.0 miles • Gatlinburg: 22.3 miles • Pigeon Forge: 16.3 miles
Need some food to fuel your day on the Little River in Townsend? We’ve got you covered! Toobers Treats & Treasures, located at the Main Tubing Outpost, offers a selection of quick mountain munchies.
DISTANCE FROM: River Rat Whitewater Rafting: 45.3 miles • River Rat Tubing: 0.0 miles • Gatlinburg: 21.2 miles • Pigeon Forge: 15.2 miles
Tuckaleechee Caverns in Townsend is known as the “Greatest Site Under the Smokies” with the highest-rated Cave/Cavern in the Eastern United States. Tuckaleechee Caverns is also proud to have the tallest underground waterfall in the E. United States, “Silver Falls”, which is a 210ft, two-tier waterfall. The “Big Room” is the largest cave/cavern room that is open to the public. This cavern is spacious enough to almost fit an entire football stadium. Many stalagmites reach over 24ft tall with flow-stone formations over hundreds of feet in length and width.
DISTANCE FROM: River Rat Whitewater Rafting: 49.9 miles • River Rat Tubing: 4.6 miles • Gatlinburg: 25.2 miles • Pigeon Forge: 21 miles
A perfect blend of mountain latitude and island attitude, the Margaritaville Island Hotel brings a new perspective to the Smoky Mountains experience with its contemporary, mountain-luxe surroundings, high level of service and attention to detail. Inspired by the lyrics and lifestyle of singer, songwriter and author Jimmy Buffett, Margaritaville Island Hotel is the perfect setting to escape the every day, discover a new outlook and just chill..
DISTANCE FROM: River Rat Whitewater Rafting: 31.6 miles • River Rat Tubing: 15.2 miles • Gatlinburg: 8.3 miles • Pigeon Forge: 1.5 miles
Offering 100+ vacation rentals throughout Sevierville and Pigeon Forge. With cozy cabins and luxury rentals, Vacasa has the perfect home for your next Smoky Mountains getaway! Vacasa is recognized for its fantastic user-friendly platform and uniquely-offered services like 3D online home tours and 24-hour guest/owner support.
Located on 75 acres adjacent to the Smoky Mountain National Forest, Wafloy Mountain Village is a Christian Retreat that offers a variety of group venues and lodges suitable for family reunions, church groups, and youth groups- as well as men’s, women’s, and couples groups. Reservations taken up to one year in advance.
DISTANCE FROM: River Rat Whitewater Rafting: 15 miles • River Rat Tubing: 30 miles • Gatlinburg: 10 miles • Pigeon Forge: 16 miles