Reasons To Visit The Smokies This Fall

The cooler fall weather is officially here, and some people may mistakenly view that as a reason not to plan a trip to Gatlinburg. While it may be the end of the 2016 rafting and tubing season, there are still many great things going on in the cities of Pigeon Forge, Townsend, and Gatlinburg. With […]

Bears in the Smoky Mountains

There is a lot of incredible wildlife in Smoky Mountain National Park. A drive through the park could yield sites of deer, turkeys, and various other woodland creatures. But there is nothing more exciting than seeing a black bear. It’s a heart-pounding, adrenaline-inducing moment that you will remember your whole life. What makes seeing a […]

Smallmouth Bass Fishing on the Pigeon River

Situated in the picturesque forests and foothills between Tennessee and North Carolina’s borders, the Pigeon River has what every outdoor adventurer and angler wants — sweeping vistas, solitude, and bountiful fishing opportunities! Flowing northward from North Carolina to Tennessee, the Pigeon River itself skirts along the eastern side of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park […]

Why You Should Raft On The Pigeon River

Stretching from North Carolina to East Tennessee, the Pigeon River runs 70 miles from its mouth at the French Broad River, to its discharge location in Newport, Tennessee. The river is impounded by the Walters Hydroelectric Dam in Haywood, NC, and flows through the Great Smoky National Park and into Tennessee. The Pigeon River also […]

Why Choose River Rat?

Summer is now at its peak. It’s hot, and you’re probably looking for something fun to do with your family and friends. Well, look no further. At River Rat, we offer a wide variety of fun, outdoor activities that are suitable for groups of all ages. From our signature rafting adventures to kayaking and zip […]

4 Things to Do Near Newport, Tennessee

Sitting at the foothills of the Smoky Mountains and the Cherokee National Forest is Newport, Tennessee — the largest city in Cocke County. Even with this designation, it’s a small city compared to the large cities it lies between on Interstate-40: Knoxville, Tennessee, and Asheville, North Carolina. While Newport (found just off I-40 exit 435) […]

How to Get the Most Out of Your Whitewater Rafting Experience

What is more fun than an exhilarating, heart-pumping, potentially soaking wet, warm-weather afternoon? Whitewater rafting is one of the most fun activities to do on a hot summer day. Whether it’s a family vacation, team-building exercise with coworkers, or a group of friends on an afternoon trip; whitewater rafting is a great activity for people […]