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River Rage Tubing, Townsend

(1.7/5 based on 200+ reviews on the web)
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  • So after reading all the reviews I felt the urge to write about our experience this past summer. We thought how fun a relaxing day on the river with our kids 5 years old at the time, 16yr, & 24yr. We ...  more »
  • My family and I went tubing this past July. I thought that this would be a fun experience for the family as it was advertised as such. They advertised a "family float" as well as a more dangerous floa...  more »
  • My wife and I enjoyed River Rat tubing during the summer. It was a great way to cool off on a hot day. I recommend it for families and couples who want to have a great day together.  more »
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  • Just got off the river! We had a great time. Our group of 5 (2 adult women, 2 teens, and a 5yr old) had a blast. All the employees and other people along the river were very friendly and polite. This was my first time tubing but hopefully not the last. Only thing I can say is make sure you wear something other than flip flops. Sneakers or water shoes will be helpful.
  • I have to write a review for this company, because these obnoxious 1 star reviews based on the conditions of a wild river are obnoxious. There's a reason you sign a waiver. I have been tubing at River Rage at least twice a summer for the past 7 years. During that time I have had friends that had to go get stitches, because they were unfortunate, not because of any lack of concern of the company. This is a free running river, not some lazy river ride at a water park. There are rapids, and you may get flipped out of your tube. It happens, the weather determines that. Now, on to the stuff that actually should be reviewed: Location: This is the furthest company downriver, so you get the longest ride. Cowboy Tubing is a few hundred yards upriver and river rat is all over the place. Price: They offer a 10% military discount. I pay $9 to go every single time and that includes everything I need. That's a tube and a ride, and I can take as many trips down the river as I want. Usually that's 2 or 3 trips and I feel like I've gotten my money's worth. Parking: Unlike the lies that were told by the two who were not prepared to be in an actual river, the parking situation is extremely well managed. You are directed by someone all the way to your parking spot, and I've never had a situation where I was blocked in. Amenities: There are full restrooms, changing rooms, and a really delicious BBQ place on site (which I'll go more into depth on here in a second). There's also go carts on site, but I've not used them, so I can't speak to them. The restrooms are acceptable, but could probably stand to be a little cleaner. It's hard to expect that when you have soaked people coming in and out all day. The restaurant is fantastic, and you receive 10% off if you have been tubing. They also offer a package deal where you can purchase tubing and your meal (not including alcoholic beverages), but it's a limited menu, and the prices are already so good that I prefer to just choose my own lunch. Customer Service: This is another one that baffles me about the other reviews I've seen. I've never had a bad customer service experience at this place in my 25+ trips, including 2 in the past 3 weeks. The front desk can be a busy place, and they need to get everyone paid for and all waivers signed. It's a bit of a hectic place, but no one has ever been anything but nice to me in there. The drivers will all ask whether you've ever been tubing there before, and will explicitly instruct you to stay left after the bridge, they do it every trip. We have gotten to know a few of the drivers, and they all seem to be fantastic mountain people. Just talk to them, they're super nice. The River: This doesn't solely apply to River Rage, but it needs to be addressed, since people seem to base their opinion off a company on a beautiful, natural place that exists with no assistance of any company. The river is wild, it's natural and unaltered. That means the water is cold as it comes off the mountains and there are rapids. The severity of those rapids depends on the rains. If it has rained in the Smokies in the past few days, expect the river to be high and fast. I've never seen anything bigger than a class I rapid though, and sometimes there's virtually no whitewater. If the river is low, expect to rub your butt on some rocks every now and again. The depth is not consistent, it ranges from a few inches to several feet. The inconsistencies of the river and the possibility of it being dangerous is why you sign a waiver, which releases any company that transports tubers from responsibility. Getting hurt is a legitimate possibility, but it's not inevitable. A little awareness of your surroundings make your trip a lot safer. Overall, I find River Rage to easily be the best tubing company on the river, and I'll continue to use their services for yeas to come. I recommend you do too.
  • Absolutely terrible. 10/14 of us ended up with cuts pretty deep. Not enjoyable at all except for some parts. Ambulance was called for another person in one of the Rapids. People crying. DO NOT TAKE YOUR CHILDREN! Way too rough for someone under the age of 10. I'm 21 and still had issues staying up after flipping my tube. Save yourself the $10 and an ER visit. Don't do it.
  • We had a WONDERFUL experience! We had so much fun going down the first time that we went again right after! We were offered life jackets, told to bring water shoes and it was the cheapest tubing company on the river! The tubing trip is also longer than the other companies! If we ever visit the area again we will definitely go again!
  • Been coming here with my family annually for 4-5 years. The staff is really friendly and welcoming. The time you get to tube is longer than most other places. Great family experience!