Travel

The River Rat: Adventures in the Great Smoky Mountains

If you ever find yourself in Gatlinburg between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend then you definitely need to drive the 15 minutes into Townsend and take a trip down natures own lazy river! The River Rat in Townsend is one of the best experiences you can have. 

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What It Is

The River Rat is a tubing company that sets its customers up with inner tubes and sets them down a specific part of the river. There are two rivers that you can choose. The ultimate lazy river, or if you’re more ambitious, there’s the upper river which is a bit rougher and has more rapids. Down the lazy river, there are spots where you can get out and go swimming or take a turn on the rope swings. Once you finish your floating, a sign tells you where to exit the river and a bus will be waiting to take you and your fellow adventurers back to the main store. 

 

The Smokey Mountain River Rat also has white water rafting if that’s something you’re into. It’s located in Hartford, TN. just right past Gatlinburg.

Pricing

The Pricing for The River Rat is as follows:

 

ADULTS: $17

CHILDREN (6-12): $12

CHILDREN (2-5): FREE

 

If you book your tickets online, you’ll receive a $2 discount.

You can purchase tickets in-store between 10am – 4:45pm. Keep in mind the last time to start a tubing trip is 5pm. Allow yourself enough time to make your purchase and enter the river by 5pm. If you pay in-store before 11am and save 3 dollars/individual ticket. Pay in-store after 4pm and the next day is FREE!!

Click here to book your adventure!!

White Water Rafting

The Smoky Mountain River Rat also has white water rafting if that’s something you’re into. It’s located in Hartford, TN. just right past Gatlinburg. They offer several different packages for white water rafting adventures, ones that even include options for children as young as 8!!

Pricing

 

Pricing for white water rafting is as follows:

 

Value Rate (upper and lower): $27.95

Lower Pigeon Rafting and Thrillcat Adventures: $32.95

Upper Pigeon Adventure: $45.95

Extreme Upper Pigeon Adventure: $59.95

Daycation Rafting Adventure: $82.95

Fishing Adventure: $136.95

 

Click here to book your adventure!!

 

Season Passes

 

The Smoky Mountain River Rat offers season passes for $45.95. It includes unlimited tubing for the season as well as 1 pass for a white water rafting session. If you plan to go more than 3 days then this is your best option! We live about 3 hours away from Townsend so this is a really good deal for us. 

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