Tube River Rage — Water Adventures in Pigeon Forge, TN

Looking for the coolest place near Pigeon Forge, Tennessee? Look no further than Tube River Rage in nearby Townsend! Located on the upper banks of the Little River at the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tube River Rage (formerly known as River Rage Tubing and under new management in 2020) is where the original river tubing outfitter began with over 15 years of experience in the Great Smoky Mountains!

At Tube River Rage, enjoy the longest float down the upper part of Little River, relaxing, taking in the beautiful scenery, and rushing along fun rapids as they come. With safety as their #1 priority, Tube River Rage has licensed and insured shuttle drivers and staff members who are familiar with the river for your water adventures. River tubing, kayaking, and paddleboarding are great ways to cool down on hot summer days in the Smokies, and Tube River Rage has it all! 

What Is River Tubing?

Ever floated down a lazy river at a water park? Then you have an idea of what river tubing is all about. The biggest difference between Tube River Rage and a water park is that you’ll be on a real river with exciting rapids along the journey! Tube River Rage provides the longest tubing route along the Little River, parts of which are protected by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. So not only can you experience the fun of river tubing in Townsend, TN, but you’ll enjoy the privacy and scenery of the gorgeous Smoky Mountains!

Can Anyone Go Tubing?

Tube River Rage has no weight restrictions and no experience is required, but all tubers must be at least 3 years old and all children under 13 years old will need to be accompanied by an adult. Your little ones who need a little help in the water will have custom-fitted, Coast Guard-approved life jackets for safety. Dogs are also welcome to float down the river in the same tube with you as Tube River Rage is pet friendly; just be sure to bring their life jacket. You’ll also be assisted by staff members who are familiar with the river, so you know your experience at Tube River Rage will be safe and tons of fun! 

Note: restrictions may be put in place depending on the water level of the river on a daily basis, so be sure to check ahead just in case.

How Do I Get to the River?

All you need to do is show up to Tube River Rage in Townsend, Tennessee (see address below). Once you’re there, a shuttle bus will transport you to the starting point at no extra charge. At Tube River Rage, all shuttle drivers are licensed and insured, and all shuttle buses are state inspected and certified. Plus,  the drivers are upbeat, play music, sing, and get you pumped for your water adventure. You can even sign the inside of the bus with your name or a fun message for future floaters. So don’t worry about getting to the river — just get ready to have a great time! 

When you finish your river run, you’ll arrive back at Tube River Rage’s main location. From there you can take a break and grab a bite to eat at the picnic tables or hop back on the bus and do it all over again. That’s right — Tube River Rage lets you tube ALL day if you wish for only 1 price! Worried about a wait? Step under the misting system to keep cool…it won’t be long before you’re floating down the refreshing river.

Hours & River Run Season

Tube River Rage is open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily during river run season in summer, which typically runs from mid-May to mid-September. 

Tube River Rage

8303 TN-73 

Townsend, TN 37882


How Much Does River Tubing Cost? 

If you can tube ALL day for 1 price, Tube River Rage must be expensive, right? Wrong! Tube River Rage prides itself on being one of the most affordable attractions in the Pigeon Forge area. The price includes your tube, free and unlimited shuttle service for the day, and a USCG-approved life jacket. Plus, you’ll have access to outdoor showers, lockers, and clean restrooms and changing rooms — no porta-potties here! Don’t forget Tube River Rage also has kayaking and paddleboarding.

River Tubing Rates

Adults (13+) — $16 + tax

Children (6-12) — $14 + tax

Kayaking & Paddleboard Rates

First Hour — $15 + tax

Each Additional Hour — $10 + tax

Note: all rates are as of 2020.

Can I Bring a Group?

Absolutely! Groups, couples, locals, and tourists alike can look forward to a relaxing time floating down the crystal clear river at Tube River Rage. And if you do bring a group, ask about Tube River Rage’s group rates. As if their prices weren’t low enough, they’ll save you even more money if you bring a big group to the river. You can even book the whole place for a private party!

I’m Hungry. Where Can I Eat?

We bet you are — it’s been a long day of riding down the river and playing in the water under the summer sun. But you don’t have to head back to your car to find a Pigeon Forge restaurant on the Parkway. Instead, walk over to Little River BBQ, conveniently located at Tube River Rage. Plus, mutual guests can get discounts!

With old-fashioned barbecue that’s smoked daily, you’ll love their never-frozen, fresh-made BBQ sandwiches, pork ribs, beef brisket, and seasoned chicken. Choose a favorite side, order a basket of fried dill pickles, and pick a sweet treat, and you’ll be all set for another run down the river! 

Are There Places to Stay Nearby?

Yes! At Pigeon Forge TN Cabins, we have tons of cabin rentals in and around Pigeon Forge, TN, so you can stick close to your favorite attractions, shops, and eateries. Our cabins range from 1-16 bedrooms, and we have pet-friendly, luxury, and budget-friendly options to suit your needs. If you want to keep the water fun going, opt for cabins with private pools, community pool access, hot tubs, indoor jetted tubs, or river views! Of course, we have tons of additional amenities to keep guests entertained and relaxed throughout their stay. 

Cabin Amenities

  • Private indoor pool to splash year-round!
  • Outdoor hot tub with massaging jets 
  • Indoor jetted tubs
  • Decks with rocking chairs and tables in nature
  • Mountain, river, wooded, and city views
  • Gas/charcoal grills 
  • Outdoor firepits with seating
  • Fully equipped kitchen with dining area
  • Wood burning, gas, or electric fireplaces 
  • Big screen TVs with DVD/Blu-ray players
  • Home theater with surround sound
  • Game tables and arcade units (like pool, air hockey, foosball, Pac-Man, Galaga, etc.)
  • King, queen, twin, and full beds 
  • TV in every bedroom
  • Washer/dryer
  • FREE high speed Wi-Fi

Book your summer stay with Pigeon Forge TN Cabins online or at 1.866.513.7885 and keep cool on hot Smoky Mountain afternoons with fun and affordable water adventures for the whole family at Tube River Rage!