Plan a wet and wild white water rafting adventure on your next trip to The Smokies! The rafting season begins the first week of March and lasts through November; it takes place on The Pigeon River. The two diverse areas of The Pigeon River; Upper and Lower offer two different rapid levels. The Upper Pigeon River has Class III-IV turbulent rapids for children 8 and over and more experienced rafters. The Lower Pigeon River has gentler rapids for younger children and non-swimmers. No experience is necessary and experienced guides will safely navigate you through any rough water. There are a few different companies in the area that book and operate rafting trips; they provide you with all the safety equipment and instruction you’ll need for your family to enjoy an adventurous day on the river.

Outdoor Rafting Adventures

Outdoor Rafting Adventures provides two different rafting options along both The Upper Pigeon River and Lower Pigeon River. The Upper Pigeon River is a two hour tour with intense, fast moving rapids where you’ll raft with an expert guide. It is suited for those with children 8 and over. The Lower Pigeon River has gentler waters for families with children 3 and over, this trip allows you to choose to ride with or without a guide.

Rafting in The Smokies

Rafting in The Smokies has been operating rafting adventures for 35 years. Like Outdoor Rafting Adventures, they also offers two different rafting adventures on the Upper and Lower portions of The Pigeon River. The Upper Pigeon River rafting trip is 5 miles long and lasts approximately 1.5 hours. The Lower Pigeon River adventure is 6 miles long and takes you down the more laid back, relaxing portion of the river. Rafting in The Smokies offers group discounts for Boys and Girls Scouts, Church Groups, Family Reunions and Corporate Retreats.