Enjoy an exciting River Rafting Trip or Combination Adventure Package with Smoky Mountain Outdoors, recipient of Tripadvisor's prestigious Certificate of Excellence year after year.
The Pigeon River, located about 45 minutes from Gatlinburg, in the heart of the Smoky Mountains, offers breathtaking scenery and whitewater thrills! Experience the Class III and IV Upper Pigeon River section for ages 8+, or the milder Class I and II Lower Pigeon River section for ages 3+.
No prior experience is necessary. All of our Tennessee rafting trips include an professional river guide to keep your adventure safe and enjoyable. White water rafting is something the whole family can enjoy.
Bring a change of clothes and a towel. We have changing rooms, showers, and an on-site casual eatery.
Everyone must wear secure fitting shoes. No Flip-flops or bare feet.
We offer inflatable kayaks, guided hikes, and full-river trips.
Please note: rafting is not available in Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge. Please check in at our riverside outpost in Hartford, TN one hour prior to your trip time.
Get off the beaten path and see the Smokies from a whole new perspective. Raft the Pigeon River, a beautiful, 45-minute drive from Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, you will experience thrilling Class III and IV rapids. Before Memorial Day and after Labor Day, water levels vary from scenic, low-water class I and II to exciting Class III and IV. Any day on the river offers a great adventure with breathtaking scenery and wildlife. All of our Tennessee rafting trips include a personable and experienced guide to keep your adventure safe and enjoyable. Tennessee whitewater rafting is something the whole family can enjoy. Upper Pigeon River age limit 8+ or 70 pounds.
A two hour hike, starting at 9:00am, into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The hike will take you along Big Creek, a beautiful mountain stream. Your guide will be able to point out historic points of interest and local plants and wildlife. A river side lunch will be served after the hike. After lunch, experience white water rafting in Tennessee and romp through class 3 to 4 rapids where you'll be assured of an exciting adventure! All of our Tennessee rafting trips include an experienced guide to keep your adventure safe and enjoyable. We recommend that you bring a bottle of water and and light snack for the hike. Meet your guide at the outpost at 8:00 AM to start your day.
One of the best outdoor experiences I’ve had in the Smoky Mountains is white water rafting.The thrill of being on the river, plunging into rapids and enjoying the beauty of the great outdoors was a highlight of my vacation and is something I highly recommend to all visitors.One of the best outfitters on the river is Smoky Mountain Outdoors.Reliable and trusted, this rafting company has over 15 years of experience guiding trips on the Pigeon River.
There are two rafting trips available.The Upper Pigeon River trip features Class III and IV rapids, while a more leisurely trip is available on the Lower Pigeon with Class I and II rapids.For my first Gatlinburg white water rafting trip, I decided to do the Upper Pigeon River raft trip.I arrived about 45 minutes prior to my trip time, changed into my swim gear and water shoes at the on-site changing facilities and quickly met with my raft guide and other members of my party to go over rafting safety, get a paddle and get fitted for a lifejacket and helmet.With the excitement starting to build, I boarded one of the Smoky Mountain Outdoors buses and soon arrived at the put-in location, located about 10 minutes from the outpost.
After unloading the rafts, my group met with guide Suzy.She assigned seating arrangements and before I knew it we were on the river.The trip starts off with a Class IV rapid – Power House – so you are put in the midst of the action right out the gate.It’s a great way to start the raft trip and really got me amped for the rest of the excursion.During the 6 ½ mile trip, there are 70 rapids total ranging from Class I to IV.Big waves, big water and plenty of drops make the two hour trip fly by.One of my favorite rapids was dubbed the roller coaster.Our guide, Suzy, took us in sideways, creating an even bigger splash for us to enjoy.Other rapids like Big Rock, Vegematic, Accelerator and Lost Guide added to the exhilaration of the trip. We also made our raft surf, which is when you try to go up a rapid and surf your raft.Suzy put everyone at ease too, telling jokes and ensuring everyone knew what to do, when to do it and how to do it safely.
A trip with Smoky Mountain Outdoors Rafting is an incredible way to experience the Smoky Mountains in an all-new way. No experience is necessary either.All you need to do is bring your sense of adventure for a great experience on the river!
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