Hours / Directions

Smoky Mountain River Rat is located in the heart of Townsend, Tennessee, home to some of the best river tubing in the world. Townsend, Tennessee is a quaint Southern city in Blount County, Tennessee with a small population of people with huge hearts. Townsend identifies itself as “The Peaceful Side of the Smokies,” and that’s just the feeling we hope you’ll get when you come to tube with the Smoky Mountain River Rat. Townsend is quiet and has the least traffic of the three main entrances to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. If you’re planning a trip to Townsend, Gatlinburg, or Pigeon Forge, we hope you’ll consider adding Smoky Mountain River Rat to your itinerary. We hope you love Townsend as much as we do, and we can’t wait to see you on your next trip.

Can’t find us? Give us a shout!

If you have trouble finding us, or would like to give us a call for more information, don’t hesitate to call us at (865) 448-8888. Tubing and a family-fun adventure is just a short drive away! Smoky Mountain River Rat tubing is located at 205 Wears Valley Road, Townsend, TN 37882. Look for the YELLOW tubes!

From Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge

Go to traffic light #3 in Pigeon Forge and turn south onto US-321/Wears Valley Road. Continue to follow US-321 for about 15 miles and Smoky Mountain River Rat will be on the right side of the road before you cross over the Little River. Look for the YELLOW tubes!

From Maryville & Knoxville

Head north on US-321/North Lamar Alexander Parkway for 17 miles. Once in Townsend, look for the first traffic light and take a left onto Wears Valley Road. Smoky Mountain River Rat is on your left, just over the bridge. Look for the YELLOW tubes.


Tubing Hours

The River Rat Outpost A opens in May.

We will stay open 7 days a week through Labor Day. Our exact opening and closing dates fluctuate due to water level and temperature. If your travel plans are before between May 1st – May 15th or after Labor Day Monday, please call or continue to check our website and Facebook, for up-to-date information.

Memorial Day to Labor Day is peak season.
Open 7 days a week from 10am until 5pm

Before Memorial Day weekend and after Labor Day Monday is off-season with abbreviated hours.
Open 10am until 4pm

The River Rat Outpost B opens Memorial Day and closes Labor Day Monday. 

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