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Address: Hartford, TN
Phone Number: +1 800-771-7238
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Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

The Pigeon River, located in the heart of the Smoky Mountains just a...

The Pigeon River, located in the heart of the Smoky Mountains just a short drive from Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, TN, offers breathtaking scenery and exciting whitewater rafting thrills! This magnificent river begins in North Carolina and continues through Tennessee. Experience white water rafting in Tennessee and raft through class 3 to 4 rapids where you'll be assured of an exciting adventure at one of the best attractions in Gatlinburg TN!"Whitewater Rafting at it's Finest"

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Had a Blast!

This was my kids (ages 15 and 12) first time white water rafting. I was really nervous. :) But the staff made me feel at ease. It was a great experience for my kids. All four of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was my kids (ages 15 and 12) first time white water rafting. I was really nervous. :) But the staff made me feel at ease. It was a great experience for my kids. All four of us had a great time. I would highly recommend this place and I researched them all in this area before we went.

Thank mbjean
St. Augustine
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our family of 4 (12/16 yrs) booked the Upper Pigeon River Cruise. One of the best family activities we've ever experienced. Staff were incredible, from checking in to driving home. Our guide was "Big Steve" who was very knowledgeable, funny and friendly. He kept us safe while pointing out little tidbits along the journey. There are several companies in the... More 

Thank Keith Z
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

We had a group that took 3 rafts and were able to go at the same time. It was a blast! Some really great rapids. We all got soaked. The youngest in our group was 8 and the oldest was 65. My sister almost fell out of the raft but the guide grabbed her. DJ was a great guide. The... More 

Thank 657marthat
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

Being first time rafters we were a little nervous, but Austin, our guide, was very instructive and reassuring. We had the best time ever. We will definitely do it again next time we are in town.

Thank Fred E
Richmond, Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

This is a wet and wild ride. I love rafting and this was my second time using SMOKY MOUNTAIN OUTDOORS., They have the longest time on the river especially if you are doing the full river package as they are at the last take out for that. I WILL USE THEM AGIAN . The one thing that I have to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

My wife and I went with our 5 year old daughter, so we could only do the lower tour (mostly class 2 with a class 3). But the trip was a lot of fun and the guides were really cool. The equipment is in great shape and they know how to make the experience enjoyable for all without feeling unsafe.... More 

Thank Joe M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

Checking out our summer pics and had to give a shout out to Smoky Mountain outdoors and our Guide Stanley! This was the highlight of our summer. This place is excellent. We did the French Quarter, Mountain biking, Horseback riding and other things in a 2 week road trip and this was by far the best. Probably gonna fit this... More 

Thank Chris D
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

This was the best part of our smoky mountain trip. I found this to be way more exhilarating than zip-lining. If you go here, ask for Stanley. He was a huge part of why this was so much fun! He explained white water rafting terminology and was overall extremely knowledgeable about the animals, plants, the river and had tons of... More 

Thank akza t
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

Excellent place for rafting! Best rafting company in the area. Longest rafting trip compared to other companies on the river. You will be in the water for over an hour and a half. You will raft class 1 to 4 rapids. Ask for Dustin to be your guide if you go!

Thank Lawrence Scott D
DuBois, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

I have never been white water rafting and I was expecting a lot worse rapids than the Pigeon River threw at us. I believe it had four class 4 rapids and a bunch of class 3's. Long story short, I loved the experience and if you have crazy expectations, these rapids are completely safe and they have very competent guides.... More 

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