Monday, June 3, 2013

 One of the most relaxing things to do in the Great Smoky Mountains, is to float down the Little River in Townsend, Tennessee, on an inner tube. This is not your ordinary inner tube, but a large, colorful, heavy-duty inner tube constructed to transport you safely and comfortably down the river. Several Tubing companies are located in Townsend, which bills itself as The Peaceful Side of the Smokies, and you will find peace floating down the river on a sunny day in east Tennessee. The companies will supply the tubes, life jackets for the little ones, a ride from the exit point of the river back to the departure point, and usually unlimited trips down the river.

Your journey starts by wading into the Little River and plopping own on the tube. You can sit on it or lay on your stomach, the choice is yours. From then on the current will float you down the river and the trees on both banks of the river provide a canopy of shade. There are a few long drops in elevation which provide for a mini-whitewater adventure that shoots you along and spins you around gently for a fun ride.

 At the end of the hour-and-a-half ride you pull yourself and your tube out of the water and board the bus that takes you back to the beginning. There you can choose to jump back into the river for another ride, or towel off and seek new adventures.

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