Smoky Mountain Tubing: Relax On Nature’s Lazy Rivers

The Smoky Mountain summer heat is hot and the crowds can be intense! Are you looking for the perfect escape? Look no further! Why not spend an afternoon tubing down a refreshing Smoky Mountain river?

Tubing in the Smoky Mountains is our favorite way to escape the crowds and heat. There are a couple of incredible operators in the area (listed below), but, generally speaking, you don’t need a whole lot of money for an afternoon of fun and no skill is required. These operators generally offer river tubing from Memorial Day to Labor Day so don’t miss your opportunity to get out on the river!

Smoky Mountain River Rat

Photo Credit: @smokymtnriverrat on Instagram

205 Wears Valley Rd.
Townsend, TN 37882
(865) 448-8888 

Smoky Mountain River Rat, which is located in Townsend approximately 30-45 minutes from Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. They offer access to two river sections, an unlimited day of tubing, shuttle rides, and premium tubing equipment. They also have Riverside Cabana Rentals just feet from the water.


Your price will include unlimited tubing on both the lower section of Little River and the upper section of Little River. The lower section, which is perfect for families with younger children (3+), is a relaxing, family-friendly float. The Upper River is dubbed the ‘adventure float’ and features fast-flowing rapids and swimming holes

Once you are finished with the float trip, River Rathas on-site food and dessert trucks to help you recharge

If you are planning to tube, do yourself a favor and visit on a day when the river is at least average water levels (check the water level area of their website or call River Rat).

Smoky Mountain Tubing

Photo Credit: @smokymountaintubing on Instagram

1847 Tsali Blvd,
Cherokee, NC 28719

Find yourself in the North Carolina section of the Smoky Mountains to the Smoky Mountain tube & raft experience.

Online pricing of this tubing activity varies from $14 per person, with the option for some cooler tubes. Arrive around 10 in the morning and head out to the river for some fun in the water as you float down. Have a cooler with you? You can rent tubes for your cooler! Interested in fishing? Go ahead and bring that fishing pole!

They stop offering their services around 5 pm, so get there as soon as you can before the weather turns colder and the night gets dimmer. These trips usually take 2 hours, so give yourself plenty of time to complete it!

Good times and great memories are headed your way as you book a fun day with Smoky Mountain Tubing.