Do you absolutely love to go tubing? Then visit Gatlinburg TN and the Smoky Mountains is the perfect place for you to visit. The Smoky Mountains have a numerous places safe enough for tubing, swimming, and kayaking. The “Y” in Townsend is a very popular place for tubers. The “Y” is located about twenty miles from Pigeon Forge by Wears Valley Road. Another place the you can enter the “Y” is about twenty-two miles from Gatlinburg TN at the Sugarlands Visitor Center. There are plenty of grassy areas along the river where you can get out and picnic or even lay out in the sun. You can rent tubes at several shops near the “Y”. Another wonderful place to go tubing and relax is at “The Chimneys”. The scenery at “The Chimneys” is breathtaking. There are plenty of picnic tables and grills located along the stream. The picnic area is about 4.5 miles into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park from the Gatlinburg TN entrance. “Cataloochee Creek” is a trip worth traveling down the gravel road. To get to this “hidden treasure” you have to get on I-40, merge onto the Waterville exit, number 451 and cross over the Little Pigeon River. Take a left at the end of the bridge and follow the paved road about two miles till you come to an intersection. Take a left at the intersection onto a gravel road, known as NC 284. Continue onto Cataloochee Valley about 23 miles after turning onto NC 284. The New Cataloochee Road follows side by side of the stream until you reach the campgrounds. Here you can fish, swim, canoe, and go tubing. The Oconaluftee Islands Park is located in Cherokee Tennessee. A wide river runs right through the middle of the Oconaluftee Island park. Here you can fish or spending a relaxing day away from all the daily hassles. The Little Pigeon River runs for many miles throughout Townsend. There are many places along the rive to enjoy fishing, swimming, rafting.
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