One of our favorite things to do to cool off in the summer is to go tubing at Smoky Mountain River Rat in Townsend. For one price (see website for details), you can float down the river as many times as you’d like. The river is mostly calm with a few spots of small rapids (which is a thrill)! We have always done the main route from Outpost A. One trip down the river takes approximately 2 hours. Smoky Mountain River Rat is open from approximately Memorial Day through Labor Day (if visiting in mid-late May, check their website to see if they’ve opened for the season early).
Things to bring:
- Water shoes are highly recommended – and can be purchased in many of the gift shops in Pigeon Forge.
- Sunscreen (apply before tubing)
- Beach towels
It’s a good idea to check the water levels before traveling to Smoky Mountain River Rat. High water levels will cause the water to rush at a high speed. Smoky Mountain River Rat increases the minimum age to tube when the water levels are high. When the water levels are low, you may have to get out of the tube and walk with it at low spots. The ideal is to go when water levels are average. Check water levels here.
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