Welcome to River Sports Outfitters. We are your ultimate outdoor gear destination in Knoxville, Tennessee!

New Reissue Collection Available In-Store

Celebrate 30 years of innovation and style with the new Reissue Collection from Mountain Hardwear! Their iconic Exposure™ GORE-TEX® Parka, Windstopper® Tech Jacket, and Subzero™ Down Jacket are now available at River Sports Outfitters.

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  • We are your rental headquarters for camping, boating and biking.  

    Reserve your canoes, kayaks, fishing kayaks, electric bikes, mountain bikes or greenway bikes and camping equipment for pick up at our 2918 Sutherland Ave location. We also have seasonal rentals at destinations for fun at the quarry at Ijams and The Cove in Farragut

    + Rental Reservations

  • Learn and have fun at a River Sports Event.

    From climbing, to hiking and kayaking 101 courses to social pint nights, there is always something going on.

    + Calendar of Events

Discover the great outdoors with River Sports Outfitters, the premier independent outdoor specialty retailer in Knoxville. For over 40 years, we've been passionately serving the local and online community, offering top-notch gear and apparel for all your outdoor adventures.

At River Sports Outfitters, we understand the thrill of exploring nature's wonders. That's why we carefully curate an extensive selection of road and trail cycle gear, road and trail running gear, camping essentials, backpacks for your next trek, rock climbing necessities, paddle sports boats and equipment, and Yakima and Thule roof racks to take you where you need to go. Whether you're seeking adrenaline-pumping adventures or peaceful moments in nature, we have everything you need to make your outdoor experiences unforgettable.

We also provide bike, canoe, and kayak rentals nearby—even fishing kayaks!—in beloved scenic locations like Mead’s Quarry and The Cove, so you can get out and explore the beautiful bodies of water that East Tennessee has to offer. Check out our events calendar to stay up to date on special whitewater and paddling trips.

Our dedication to quality and performance is evident in our handpicked range of renowned brands. From the rugged durability of Patagonia and Mountain Hardwear to the innovative designs of Marmot, Free Fly, and Kuhl, we offer only the best. Explore the outdoors with confidence, knowing that you're equipped with gear from industry leaders like Osprey, Chaco, Keen, Birkenstock, On, Aventon, and more!

Located in the heart of Knoxville, Tennessee, our store is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. And check out our Climbing Center, right next door, for the best indoor climbing and bouldering in town!

At River Sports Outfitters, we embody the spirit of adventure that defines this vibrant region. Our knowledgeable staff, comprised of passionate outdoor enthusiasts, is always ready to provide expert guidance and advice, ensuring you find the perfect gear for your specific needs.

Whether you're embarking on a camping trip, conquering the rapids in a kayak, or simply enjoying a hike through the scenic trails of Appalachia, River Sports Outfitters is your trusted partner for all things outdoor. We invite you to explore online or visit our location on Sutherland Avenue, where your next great adventure begins.