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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Hartford, TN
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Monica was our guide. She was awesome, and had a great sense of how to make the trip fun and adventurous for our kids. Especially when we spotted the "Beaver Shark" lol...and Monica if your reading this here is amother joke we just heard to...More

Thank Laura M
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We were on a family vacation to Gatlinburg. We decided to do some white water rafting, but several of us had never been. There were some nerves associated with going! But Sully was a great guide, and we had a terrific time!! I would highly...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Took our 1st rafting trip. So thankful we were assigned Meagan. She made the trip so fun & when our entire left side of the raft went flying she was there to the rescue. I, being over 200 lbs, was pulled in by her ....More

Thank babynurse1987
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

So much to do. Go hiking. Go Biking. Camping. For my visit I hiked to the chimney top. At the top the view was worth it.

Thank Dale E
Reviewed 2 days ago

Jamie was my guide. He did a great job with the kids that were in my group. A lot of fun story telling as well. Nice 2 hour trip down the river. Not too scary. Did get stuck on a couple of rocks, but we...More

Thank Katie Y
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This was our first time to vacation in the area, we stayed a week in Pigeon Forge. After reading the reviews of the rafting outfits, we decided to take the drive to Hartford and it was well worth the extra time. Our guide Tyler was...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Smo was an excellent experience. Thanks to everyone there especially our guide Jamie we quickly learned not only facts about the river but how to be safe and have fun rafting. I didn't even feel like it was my first time and I can guarantee...More

Thank Amanda G
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Had a great time with Captain Bart, would recommend to everyone as a must to do. Was so exciting with the white water rafting and the scenery was great. Mark Copley

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

My family and I took a trip this past week to Smoky Mountain outdoors and it was most definitely an experience of a lifetime. Not only was all of the staff friendly and eased the nervousness with some jokes, but our guide Jamie was very...More

Thank Heather E
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We had a great trip on the Upper Pigeon whitewater rafting. Our guide was Jamie and he was very knowledgeable and experienced which put our nerves at ease right away. He made our 9 year old son feel special and taught him how to guide...More

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We booked a white water rafting experience for our trip next weekend. After we booked it one of the members of our group told us he never learned how to swim. I was just wondering if people fall out a lot or if anyone recommends cancelling and doing something else?
June 14, 2017|
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Response from Tammy U | Reviewed this property |
They have very good life vests. On our trip there were several that didn't know how to swim. As long as you can kick your feet and move your arms, you'll be fine:-) No one fell out of the raft out of the 5 rafts that we had... More
I'm interested in kayaking the lower river. There's a group of nine of us, ages 15-45. I know the lower river is geared towards little kids in big rafts, but I figured with kayaks it'd still be fun and a little more exiting then rafting since I've heard it's more like a lazy river. There's a few in the group who are not thrill seekers in the river rafting area, but are keen on a relaxing on the river. Is this a good idea?
March 2, 2017|
Response from waterlife9 | Property representative |
Our inflatable kayaks are a blast for those seeking a bit of adventure. Our guides paddle alongside offering tips and instruction while you navigate your own kayak. While the Lower is calmer than the Upper section, it does... More
Do people that get sea sick or motion sick have problems with white water rafting?
February 28, 2017|
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Response from Kingfamily5 | Reviewed this property |
My 9 year old daughter gets car sick frequently but was fine with the white water rafting.