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Raft the churning waters of the Upper Pigeon River on this 6.5-mile (10-km) adventure. After making your own way to the start point, you'll receive a safety briefing and get kitted out with the necessary equipment. Working together as a team, you and your raft mates navigate through Class I to Class IV rapids, maneuvering through twists, turns, and natural obstacles.

Certified guides in every raft lead the team through about 70 rapids running right through the heart of the Smoky Mountains. The trip takes place rain or shine, so come prepared for big water, big fun, and big adventures. Even though the course can be challenging, it’s appropriate for beginners as well as intermediate rafters.

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As the lengthiest rafting trip on the Pigeon River, this excursion is perfect for thrill-seekers who love being on the water. You'll navigate Class I to Class IV rapids with a private guide in every raft, who ensures you receive personalized attention. Plus, no prior rafting experience is required for this tour, meaning that everyone from beginners to experienced rafters can get involved.
  • Great for beginners and expereinced rafters alike 
  • Receive attention from a certified guide in every raft 
  • The closest rafting tour to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge 
  • More than 70 rapids on a 6.5-mile (10-km) stretch of river 
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Reviewed 2 days ago
Rafting trip was awesome!

Randy was our guide and he was phenomenal. He was experienced, funny, friendly, knowledgeable and made the trip better! The check in process was a breeze, except having to be there 45 minutes ahead was a longer wait than we would have liked. We highly...More

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Susan S, Manager at Smoky Mountain Outdoors, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for the great comments about your guide Randy. He is is one of trip leaders, a lead trainer, assistant river manager, and an all-around handy guy to have around for a great smile and a helping hand. I apologize that the 45 minute...More

Reviewed 2 days ago
First Time - What A Thrill!

We took our first trip to Gatlinburg hoping to do a whitewater rafting trip but were afraid there wouldn't be enough water in the river since we were arriving after Labor Day when they don't release as much water from the power plant. Because Hurricane...More

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Susan S, Manager at Smoky Mountain Outdoors, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

"Reverend Dean" the Dunkin Machine is one of most experienced guides and he LOVES to share his knowledge and love of this area. He typically clocks more river miles than most of our staff while hiking an additional 20-30 miles a week on area trails....More

Reviewed 1 week ago
Awesome trip

Rachel is an awesome guide on the waters. This trip was fun specially the part where they let you jump in the water at the end.

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Susan S, Manager at Smoky Mountain Outdoors, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Glad to hear you had a great time on your rafting trip! Bomb's Lake does make for a great place to take a swim. I hope we see you again next time you are in the mountains!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Good time!

Our raft guide, Big Dave (I believe was his name), was awesome. Very knowledgeable. We went out and got rained on a bit and the eater was a little rougher than I expected. This was my third time going WWR on the Pigeon, but my...More

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Olwen C, Public Relations Manager at Smoky Mountain Outdoors, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

First of all - thank you to your family for your service. So glad you had a good time!!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
A great time was had by all !!

We recently took the Upper Pigeon River whitewater rafting trip. It was my granddaughter's first ever trip. Our guide, Austin, was very knowledgeable about the river and made the entire trip fun for all. We had a blast and it was the highlight of our...More

Susan S, Manager at Smoky Mountain Outdoors, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

So glad to hear you had a great time on the river with Austin! Sharing our love of whitewater is what it's all about. We will see you again next year!

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2 August 2018|
Response from Melwood62 | Reviewed this property |
I think you may need to book the Lower Rapids trip for this age. Call the company to verify.
26 July 2018|
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Response from 2014psr | Reviewed this property |
It took us 2-3 hours on the water to complete the trip.