Safety Tips for Whitewater Rafting

In order to have the best whitewater rafting experience, it’s important to remember: safety first. If you’re a first-timer, preparing beforehand will help you feel calm and confident on your rafting trip. At River Rat, we provide quality equipment and professional guides to ensure you have a safe and fun experience. Here’s a few tips […]

3 Myths of Whitewater Rafting

Let’s throw a twist on the common cliche and say, “Don’t judge an experience based on its most popular video on social media.” That sounds about right, right?! You might see the viral videos that involve “extreme” rafting adventures as you scroll through your feed. However, these videos don’t exactly paint the most accurate portrait of […]

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) […]