Best 4 Places to Go River Tubing in the Smokies

green and blue tubes on the bank of a river

If you’re visiting the Smokies during the warmer months, one of the best ways to beat the heat is to visit one of the many tubing outposts in the area. You can leisurely cruise down the river beside friends and family with the occasional section of rapids to make your adventure extra thrilling! To help you plan for an amazing visit, here are 4 of the best places to go river tubing in the Smokies:

1. Smoky Mountain River Rat

little boy on the river holding a yellow inner tubeYou can float down 2 different routes on the Little Pigeon River when you go to Smoky Mountain River Rat. The lower section and main outpost is a great choice for the whole family and features relaxing rapids, scenic mountain and forest views, and even a rock jump! This outpost is ideal for ages 2 and up or those who are first timers when it comes to tubing. Dogs can even tube for free along this route in their own tube! The upper section, AKA the “adventure float,” offers adrenaline-pumping rapids and cool, refreshing swimming holes. This outpost is better suited for kids ages 6 and older. There are even shuttles that will take you to and from tubing locations.

2. Cowboy Tubin’

Another one of the best places to go river tubing in the Smokies is Cowboy Tubin’. A typical trip with Cowboy Tubin’ usually lasts about 1 hour and 15 minutes. This outpost also offers free shuttles, life jackets, and tethers so you and your family can stick together. There are also a variety of tube sizes to choose from, and there are even some with bottoms. Small dogs are welcome along the route as well.

3. River Romp Tubing

man sitting in inner tube floating down the riverRiver Romp Tubing offers a relaxing and fun experience for all ages on the Little Pigeon River. You can choose from either a standard tube or one with a cup holder and backrest for ultimate comfort. Your adventure will begin at the barn and from there, you’ll travel down the river approximately 2.5 miles to a pavilion. Then, you can use the phone in the office to call one of the drivers to bring you back to where you started. Once you’ve returned, you can get back in the river, picnic nearby, or be done for the day.

4. River Rage Tubing

Enjoy floating down the beautiful Little River in Townsend, TN when you choose River Rage Tubing! After you pick up one of their colorful tubes, you can visit any one of their 3 locations all for the price of one. They also provide an all day shuttle service so you can go to and from each starting and ending point with ease.

Where to Stay

Enjoy a scenic drive to any one of these tubing outposts when you stay in one of our rooms and suites in Gatlinburg. There are a variety of accommodations for you to choose from, some with the room to sleep up to 8 guests. While you’re not out and about exploring the area, you can enjoy some downtime and take advantage of our any luxury amenities.

Since you know all about the best places to go river tubing in the Smokies, it’s time to start planning your trip! Check out more things to do in the area and decide what else you should do while you’re in town!