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Rafting in the Smokies

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Inspired Fun in the Great Smoky Mountains! Offering whitewater rafting, family float trips, ziplines, a challenging ropes course, rock climbing wall, and horseback riding. VACATION PACKAGES FOR AFFORDABLE SMOKY MOUNTAIN FUN! Come play with us and...more
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3595 Hartford Rd, Hartford, TN 37753-2110
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All reviews ropes course the river family float great guide float trip upper pigeon river a lot of fun a great experience made us feel first timers great job raft guide year old daughter super fun whole family awesome trip highlight of our trip
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Family of 8 went on the raft. We had a ball. Would definitely recommend. Youngest person on board was 6 years old, and he had a ball. Guide was funny, and helpful.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank jackiehH6055ZL
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was my family's very first rafting experience. We are a family of 3 and opted for the upper river excursion on August 18, 2018. Our guide was very experienced, personable, friendly, etc. However, we were assigned to a raft with another family of 4....More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Paradise695260
Reviewed December 7, 2018

We visited when we took our granddaughter on her generation skipping trip. This whitewater trip was one of the highlights of our trip. We had chosen the upper portion with Class III and IV rapids - and we experienced a rafting trip worth every penny...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank arnowh
Reviewed October 4, 2018

Highly recommend booking your rafting trip with these outfitters, the guides are awesome and the rafting is amazing. There were more 3 and 4 rating rapids than 1-2, so if you are looking for a wild ride down the Pigeon River go with them on...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Sheila B
Reviewed October 2, 2018 via mobile

We rafted down the Pigeon River on the last day of the season. My husband and I had rafted with Rafting in the Smokies before we had kids and were happy to raft with them again. It was our teenage girls’ first time and they...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank jenorpat
Reviewed September 16, 2018

My husband and I really enjoyed the rafting experience. It was exciting enough for his adventuresome nature but not so rough a ride that I was too scared. Our guide was great - his name is Fletcher. Fletcher was funny, patient. and helpful. We knew...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank BusyInTorrance
Reviewed September 13, 2018 via mobile

I took my dad here for his first time ever white water rafting. The weather was perfect! The group of Guides for the rafting trip all seemed like a big family...great vibe. Our guide, Brad, made the trip a lot of fun! If we visit...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank sweetsmiles770
Reviewed September 4, 2018

We had grandparents, adult children and grandchildren together on this amazing rafting trip. Our guide was excellent and we all had a great time!

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank KJA_Slinger
Reviewed September 3, 2018 via mobile

Rafting in the smokies is a great company-friendly guides, better permissions than other neighboring rafting companies, big rafts and more. Our guide was Staci and she’s just awesome - she knows how to keep people engaged in a great rafting experience! We even got a...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Mrunal G
Reviewed September 2, 2018 via mobile

We had a great time at Rafting in the Smokies. Our guide Staci was excellent. She is very knowledgeable and made it a great experience for all of us. If we ever come back we will definitely request Staci!

Date of experience: September 2018
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July 9, 2018|
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Response from Relax787082 | Reviewed this property |
The lower river is more of a family float. There is a little excitement on the lower river and so if you want to keep it a fun family affair, then do the lower together and everyone will have a blast for the first time. If... More
July 5, 2018|
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Response from Ashlee8338 | Reviewed this property |
You can tell the guide which knee is sore and they can position you on a certain side of the raft so that your sore knee is the one resting.
Lisa W
June 23, 2018|
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Response from ARCQ | Reviewed this property |
It's take 2 hrs and 42 person but we get less discount for military and depend.
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Rafting in the Smokies Zipline or Foxfire Combos (4 Replies)
I'm considering the raft/zip combos for both Foxfire & Rafting in the Smokies. Foxfire will use Smoky Mountain Outdoors for the rafting part, which has good reviews. The reviews for Rafting in the Smokies are good, but don't refer much to their ziplines. The website says they are 60-90 feet long. Foxfire claims they have a couple lines 600-1500 feet long! Foxfire would cost our family about $70 more total, so I'm wondering if the experience will be worth the extra $$$.
July 13, 2013|
Response fromjudyheit|
I can tell you that our family did the Foxfire zipline a couple of years ago when it was nearly brand new. Their property was great, zipping from tree stand to tree stand was a lot of fun for our first time doing it. Everything was new and safe, it seemed top-notch and our guides were very helpful. We have another trip to Smokies planned soon, and we plan to zipline again, but want to try Wears Valley this time. No reason other than it's a bit closer and we're up for new adventures. We also...More
Wimberley, Texas
ZIPLINE with "Rafting in the Smokies"... (3 Replies)
Has anyone ever done the combo raft/zipline with "Rafting in the Smokies"?? it looks like they recently added the zipline portion and want to make sure it is good. We like Climbworks reviews but they are so expensive...any suggestions??
June 10, 2011|
Response fromjdm0325|
We will be there the week of June 20th, and are doing the combo. We have done the raft portion a few years ago and it is great. We got the zip line added in for about $25, which is about a third of what you pay at other places. I will update this after we get back and let you now how it went.