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Water Activities

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The Little River runs through charming Townsend, meaning there are so many water activities that you can enjoy with your family while visiting. As you explore the river, you will encounter beautiful scenery rich with foliage and wildlife. It’s the perfect place to escape from the stresses of daily life and have fun out on the water.

The most popular water activity in the area is tubing. The lower part of the river is relatively calm, so it’s perfect for a gentle float on a warm summer day. It’s also an ideal place to try tubing with children. If you are interested in more challenging rapids, head upstream where the water gets more intense. This is a great spot for a more thrilling adventure, and you may just see a waterfall as well. There are many tubing companies in the area who can provide equipment and guidance for a day of tubing.

You can also swim in the river when the weather gets warm. There are many swimming holes located along the river where you can take a relaxing dip. The most popular is the Townsend Y swimming hole. This is when two small prongs of the river join together, and it’s an ideal place for a sunny day outside. Be sure to pack a picnic and some fluffy towels for the most enjoyable day. This is the perfect activity for a day with your family or sweetheart. The river is relatively calm, so it’s an ideal place to go swimming, even for relative beginners.

Of course, you should always stay safe when spending time out on the river. If you don’t know how to swim, be sure to take lessons beforehand or avoid getting in deep water. If you have never gone tubing before, you should also consider hiring a guide. There are many companies based in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that are very familiar with this area and will take you through the best tubing spots. It’s just a short drive away from Townsend and is a must for your summer vacation.

Cowboy Tubing 8224 State Highway 73 (865) 448-6286
River Rage Tubing 8303 State Highway 73 (865) 448-8000
Smoky Mountain Outdoor Center 209 Wears Valley Road (865) 448-3500
Smoky Mountain River Rat
Tubing
205 Wears Valley Road &
8435 State Highway 73
(865) 448-8888

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