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Smoky Mountain Outdoors Rafting

Hartford, TN, USA
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About Smoky Mountain Outdoors Rafting
You are ready to get out in the fresh mountain air, and we are open for rafting! Operating since 1993, SMO Rafting is the most trusted outfitter on the Pigeon River. Located in a short drive from Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, TN, the Pigeon River Gorge offers breathtaking scenery and exciting whitewater rafting. Experience class III - IV rapids on the Upper Pigeon, or enjoy the fresh mountain air on a scenic float down the Lower Pigeon River. River safety has always been our top priority. Now, according to guidelines, our common surfaces are sanitized frequently and we are operating with social distancing in mind. You can trust SMO Rafting to provide a safe, healthy, and joyful day in the great outdoors.
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Lower Pigeon River Rafting Tour

Prepare to get wet on an exciting Smoky Mountain rafting adventure down the Pigeon River. Even if it’s your first time, grab a paddle and navigate dozens of class I and II rapids that offer plenty of splashes and thrills but are perfect for beginners. The closest rafting to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, this 2-hour afternoon trip makes a great addition to any Smoky Mountain family vacation.
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2 hours
from $36.95

Upper Pigeon River Rafting Trip from Hartford

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 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.
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2 hours
from $46.95
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mbhoakct76 wrote a review May 11
Winsted, Connecticut116 contributions95 helpful votes
Nice trip lasted about 2 hours. We all got good n wet, even those who didn't want to. It's a beautiful river, the drive out to the launch site is great also. The guides and equipment make it safe outing so it can be done by most everyone with any experience level.
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Response from Raftingintennessee, Manager at Smoky Mountain Outdoors Rafting
Responded 2 days ago
Hi there! Thank you for your nice review. We are glad you had a good time rafting with us!
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Bryce H wrote a review May 8
3 contributions1 helpful vote
This was an amazing experience. We got to travel ~6 miles on class 2-4 rapids. Our boat had 6 people in it. Although we were 3 couples who didn’t know one another, our guide made it very comfortable. We worked together as a team and made it through the entire experience. This was an amazing trip and I will most certainly be returning to do it again!
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Date of experience: May 2021
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Response from Raftingintennessee, Manager at Smoky Mountain Outdoors Rafting
Responded 4 days ago
Hi there! We are so happy you had a great experience rafting with us. Thank you for your review!
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Stevi F wrote a review May 7
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AMAZING EXPERIENCE! My husband & I had never been before. We had Spicy Sean as our guide & he was fantastic! He was incredibly educated about the history of the area which was an added bonus. We had so much fun that we are now looking to travel to another state for some rafting he told us about. 10/10 would recommend SMO and 100% recommend Spicy as your guide if you can get him! Such a fantastic experience!
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Date of experience: May 2021
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Response from Raftingintennessee, Manager at Smoky Mountain Outdoors Rafting
Responded 4 days ago
Hi there! So glad to hear you had a great time rafting with us and Spicy Sean as your river guide. Thank you for your nice review.
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wisconick wrote a review May 6
Oshkosh, Wisconsin6 contributions
First time rafting and couldn't have asked for a better time. The staff did an amazing job explaining rules and safety on the ride to the river. Jeffrey was an amazing and knowledgeable guide that kept the group engaged the entire time. River was so much fun with great rapids with some relaxing down time to suck up the beautiful views. Safe and so much fun. 10/10. Couldn't have asked for a better time. Will definitely be back next time in town.
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Response from Raftingintennessee, General Manager at Smoky Mountain Outdoors Rafting
Responded 4 days ago
Hi! Thank you for your kind words. We are glad you had a good time rafting with us! Come back soon!
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Ali wrote a review May 6
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Awesome experience!!!! Ziggy was the best!!!! He is knowledge fun and keeps the groups engaged. I would do it again.
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Date of experience: May 2021
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Hi there! Thank you for your review. We are happy you had a good time rafting with Ziggy and Smoky Mountain Outdoors!! Come back soon!
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