Smoky Mountain River Rat
Smoky Mountain River Rat is your award-winning destination for a cool escape in the heart of the Smokies. From top-notch Tubing to heart-pumping Whitewater Rafting, we specialize in making lasting memories. Family owned and operated since 1995.
Adventure enthusiasts of ALL experience levels, look no further! River Rat Whitewater is home to the top-rated guided rafting adventures on the Pigeon River. All of our guides are triple-certified in safety training and ready to uniquely cater your rapids expedition to the adventure type that you’re looking for.
For the adrenaline-seekers, our Upper Pigeon Adventure combines class III and IV rapids with the natural beauty of the Smoky Mountains for an unforgettable river-bound expedition (ages 8 and older). For those wanting an even more adventure-packed tour on this section of the river, we also offer our Extreme rafts. Our Extreme Upper Pigeon Adventure includes smaller rafts, where you’ll take your expedition up a notch and feel the full excitement of every rapid.
Rafting with young ones, or just want to take it easy? The Lower Pigeon Adventure has plenty of rapids to satisfy your craving for excitement, but it’s mellow enough for even the youngest thrill-seekers with gorgeous mountain views on class I and II rapids (ages 3 and up).
Whitewater Outpost amenities: On-site lunch at Grab It N Growl food truck, picnic area, changing rooms, hot showers, bus parking, and Gift Shop
Also available: Day-cations (full day of rafting), Fishing Excursions, and Whitewater Rafting/Tubing combo packages
River Rat Whitewater is the closest rafting to Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and Knoxville. We’re located just 25 miles from Gatlinburg and 30 miles from Pigeon Forge.
Looking for the best Tubing in the Smokies? You’ve found it! Come float your way down two routes on the Little River in beautiful Townsend, TN. We offer both awesome tubing routes with a single wristband, which you can float as many times as you want during operating hours on the day of your visit.
The lower section (Main Outpost, ages 2+) of the Little River is our family-friendly float and features relaxing rapids, scenic views, and even a rock jump! This section is ideal for those wanting to take it easy or first-timers to The Rat. The upper section (Outpost B, ages 6+) is what we like to call the “adventure float.” It features a scenic float with adrenaline-pumping rapids and cool, refreshing swimming holes.
Note: Age restrictions may apply with high water levels. Check our website for daily updates.
Tubing Outpost amenities: High-quality tubes, life jackets for all ages, tube tether rentals, unlimited shuttle rides, dog-friendly tubes, changing rooms, car key kiosk, lunch options at both outposts, and Gift Shop
Also available: Private Riverside Cabana Rentals, Tubing/Whitewater Rafting combo packages (Splash Pass)
River Rat Tubing is a quick 15 miles from Pigeon Forge, 20 miles from Gatlinburg, and 9 miles from Cades Cove Scenic Loop in the Smoky Mountain National Park.
Groups of ALL sizes are welcome at both Outposts! The bigger your group, the bigger your discount. Our team is excited to help you plan your trip to the Rat, whether it’s your first or your 50th. Come play in Mother Nature’s water parks! PADDLE! SPLASH! PLAY!