Creating Memories since 1995

At Mother Nature's Waterpark

Looking for the best tubing in the Smoky Mountains? You just found it! Come float down the Little River in beautiful Townsend, TN. No party is too big or too small, and no occasion is necessary.

Just look for the yellow tubes

River Rat Tubing is your East Tennessee destination for a cool escape in the middle of the Smoky Mountains. Float and drift down the Little River, with two awesome routes included in one price!

We offer both the upper section and lower sections of the Little River. The lower section and main outpost is our family-friendly float and features relaxing rapids, scenic views, and even a rock jump! The lower outpost is ideal for ages two and up or those who are first timers to The Rat. The upper section is what we like to call the “adventure float.” It features a scenic float with adrenaline-pumping rapids and cool, refreshing swimming holes. The upper outpost is suitable for ages six and older.
Note: Age restrictions may apply due to high-water levels. Check in with us for more information.

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.

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Main Tubing Outpost A 205 Wears Valley Rd
Townsend, TN 37882
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Tubing Outpost B 8435 State Highway 73
Townsend, TN 37882
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What to Expect

First time tubing? Not sure what you need? From proper gear to lodging options, our experienced staff is always happy to answer your questions. Check out Know Before You Go for details, and be sure to watch our video about our memory-making adventure.

Why river rat tubing

"'Fun time - inexpensive.'" -David G.
"'Best place to tube in Townsend!'" -Whitney A.
"'Great Family Fun. You won't regret it.'" -Benny S.