Smoky Mountain River Rat Whitewater

From top-notch Tubing to heart-pumping Whitewater Rafting, Smoky Mountain River Rat specializes in making lasting memories.

3630 Hartford Rd., Hartford, Tennessee, 37753


Welcome to Smoky Mountain River Rat! We’re your award-winning destination for a cool escape in the heart of the Smokies. Family owned and operated since 1995, River Rat is a unique getaway into the great outdoors for the whole family.

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 mellow enough for even the youngest thrill-seekers with gorgeous mountain views on class I and II rapids (ages 3 and up).
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River Rat Whitewater is located at 3630 Hartford Road.
[PRE-SEASON: March - April // AFTERNOON WATER RELEASE ONLY: May - Memorial Day // FULL SEASON: Memorial Day - Labor Day]

We also offer relaxing Tubing adventures at River Rat Tubing in Townsend, TN. Check out our listing for this activity on this website as well.
Your tubing wristband (and combo adventure Splash Pass) gives you access to both of our Tubing routes in Townsend, TN.
Tubing Outpost A is located at 205 Wears Valley Road [OPEN: May - Labor Day**].
Tubing Outpost B is just one mile up the road at 8435 State Hwy 73 [OPEN: Memorial Day Weekend - Labor Day Monday**].
**Open dates may vary based on water level and weather conditions. Call for more info.

TUE 10:30am - 05:00pm
WED 10:30am - 05:00pm
THU 10:30am - 05:00pm
SAT 10:30am - 05:00pm

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