CANOPY TOURS & ROPES CHALLENGE COURSE
Welcome to Rafting in the Smokies, your best choice for Pigeon River rafting trips for 35 years and your premier Smoky Mountain destination for outdoor family adventure.
Our high elements ropes challenge course and canopy tours currently consists of four skill levels designed to challenge you personally as well as encourage group cooperation. Each level becomes incrementally more difficult from the easiest Class I to the most intense Class IV. Helmets are required and provided.
Class I: Canopy Bridge, Free line Bridge, and Sky Hammock
Class II: Painters Planks, Multi Vines, and Balance Beam
Class III: Tension Traverse, Silver Surfer, and Wiggly Poles
Class IV: Space Loops, Monkey Rings, and River Serpents
Our solidly-constructed, stationary course is built high in the trees from pressure treated utility poles as well as other carefully chosen materials. For additional safety, all participants are fitted with a full body harness and attached to an overhead belay cable with ropes and carabiners. If a participant loses footing, he/she will simply be caught by the harness and cable to dangle harmlessly.
Ropes course advocates claim that ropes courses meet a number of educational, developmental, and recreational goals such as physical fitness, personal achievement, and confrontation of fear. Challenges are typically both physical and emotional and may result in such commonly claimed outcomes as the enhancement of:
Cooperation, Decision-making, Self-confidence, Positive Risk-taking, Cohesion, Trust, Self-esteem, Leadership, Goal-setting, and Teamwork.
Challenge your personal boundaries in the breathtaking scenery at the Outpost’s Family Adventure Island, with a view of the Pigeon River.
Rafting in the Smokies has the longest operating season and the most amenities available on site. You will want to coordinate your Ropes Course Challenge on the same day as your rafting trip. The Pigeon River is dam-controlled with scheduled water releases from Memorial Day through Labor Day on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday. (Occasionally due to rainfall, we are lucky enough to offer rafting trips on Mondays, Fridays and Sundays.) Reservations are required to ensure that you and your party secure the date and time of your choice.
If someone in your group needs a little more adventure, we can accommodate! Don’t forget about our Zipline Canopy Tour! We can also help you plan whitewater and float trips.
Although surrounded by spectacular mountain wilderness, the Rafting in the Smokies Pigeon River Outpost is the most accessible outpost in East Tennessee! Just take Exit #447 to Hartford, off I-40 near the Tennessee/North Carolina border and you’re there! It’s that easy! Located only 45 minutes from Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, and Knoxville, TN, and Asheville, NC. Make this river rafting trip your next family adventure!
Ropes Course Summary:
No Experience Necessary!
What to Expect: 12 Different Activities across 4 Different Skill Levels, including Balance Beams, Climbing Nets, Rope Bridges
Minimum Age: 5+
Minimum Weight: 45 lbs (no more than 250 lbs)
Difficulty: Begins Mild and Grows Increasingly Difficult (You can stop at any point.)
Location: Family Adventure Island at the Rafting in the Smokies Outpost
Length of Activity: 30 minutes
Safety: Provided & Required: Helmet with Full Body Harness Attached to Overhead Belay Cable with Ropes and Carabiners.
Price: $33 Per Person Plus Tax
Reservations Required: Open April – September, Rain or Shine!
FREE On-Site Amenities Include: Our 10-acre island features barbeque grills, picnic tables, swings and beanbag toss games. There is also a nature trail and play area at waters edge!
Nominal Charge: Professional Photo of Your Adventure, Gift Shop Items, Meals
Combo Packages Include: White Water Rafting, Family Float Rafting, Ziplines, Ropes Challenge Course, Horse Back Riding
Driving Directions to Rafting in the Smokies River Outpost: our meeting place for all Pigeon River outdoor adventures!
We strongly advise following our directions as often as possible. GPS and online mapping services often misdirect our guests. Smoky Mountain terrain is often not GPS friendly. . . TRUST US. Our directions also give you the best route to avoid heavy traffic.
From Gatlinburg, TN: Go to traffic light #3 in Gatlinburg and take Highway 321 N/East Parkway. Follow 321 N all the way to 32 (approximately 15 miles). Take a left on 32 and go approximately 1 mile to the Foothills Parkway. Take the Foothills Parkway until you get to I-40. Take I-40 E and exit at the first Exit #447, Hartford Road. At the stop sign you will see our river outpost across the street. Rafting in the Smokies/Family Adventure is a log building with a red tin roof. Only 30-40 minutes, allow extra traveling time in case of traffic.
From Pigeon Forge, TN: Look at our map and find your lodging location, then take the closest street to Veterans Blvd. Follow Veterans Blvd. (away from Pigeon Forge) and travel until it ends. Turn right onto Dolly Parton Parkway/411, travel on 411 for approx. 18 miles until it ends. Turn right on 25/70 and take I-40 East. Travel approx. 15 miles to Exit #447 (Hartford Road). Turn left and our river outpost be on your right. Rafting in the Smokies/Family Adventure is a log building with a red tin roof. Only 45 minutes, allow 1 hour traveling time in case of traffic.
From Sevierville, TN: Look at our map carefully, as some cabins have a Sevierville address but may actually be closer to Pigeon Forge. If so, follow the directions above, otherwise, travel East on Dolly Parton Parkway/411 (approx. 18 miles until it ends). Turn right on 25/70 and take I-40 East. Travel approx. 15 miles to Exit 447 (Hartford Road). Turn left and our river outpost be on your right. Rafting in the Smokies/Family Adventure is a log building with a red tin roof. Only 45 minutes, allow 1 hour traveling time in case of traffic.
From Knoxville, TN: Take I-40 E to Exit #447 (Hartford Road). At the stop sign you will find our river outpost across the street. Rafting in the Smokies/Family Adventure is a log building with a red tin roof. Allow at least 1 hour traveling time in case of traffic.
From Asheville/Maggie Valley, NC: Take I-40 W to second exit in Tennessee, Exit #447 (Hartford Road). Exit and turn left. After going under the bridge you will find our river outpost on the corner by the BP Station and the Bean Trees Cafe. Rafting in the Smokies/Family Adventure is a log building with a red tin roof.
From anywhere else: Look at our map carefully or call 1-800-PRO-RAFT (776-7238) for directions.
How far are you from?
Asheville, NC 50 miles
Atlanta, GA 209 miles
Charlotte, NC 181 miles
Chattanooga, TN 168 miles
Cincinnati, OH 311 miles
Gatlinburg, TN 30 miles
Jacksonville, FL 488 miles
Pigeon Forge, TN 40 miles
Knoxville, TN 63 miles
Sevierville, TN 35 miles
We look forward to seeing you on the River! It’s the most fun you’ll have all year, we promise!
Q: What do I need to wear for the Ropes Course?
A: The best thing to wear is long shorts. The material will make the harness more comfortable against your skin. You must also wear shoes that are secure around your ankles: No flip-flops, Crocs, or bare feet please. We recommend sneakers or water shoes. We have changing facilities complete with hot showers, so you can easily transition between outdoor adventure activities.
Q: Is there nearby lodging?
A: We offer nearby lodging through our sister company Wildwood Acres Cabin Rentals. You can also visit the Area Links page for additional local lodging information.
Q: How far are you from Gatlinburg?
A: Our River Outpost is located in Hartford (exit 447 off I-40) about a 30-40 minute scenic drive from Gatlinburg. Our Reservations Office is located approximately one mile from downtown Gatlinburg on Hwy 321 North/East Parkway next door to the Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce. The Pigeon River offers the closest whitewater rafting to the Great Smoky Mountains.
Q: Can I go if I am a bit overweight?
A: Our Ropes Course is designed for anyone weighing 250 lbs or less. Minimum weight is 45 lbs.
Q: If I am pregnant can I go?
Q: Do you have a minimum age for children?
A: For the Ropes Course, children must be 5 years old.
Q: Do you have a group rate?
A: Yes we do and we love groups! The Ropes Course is especially perfect for Corporate Team Building. We’re the pros at handling multi-level adventures for groups of all ages! An exciting rafting trip creates bonds like no other adventure! Click on our Group Specials page for additional information.
Q: What times are the Ropes Course available? Can I schedule it on the same day as my rafting/ziplining?
A: The Ropes Course operates from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and it is in your best interest to schedule all activities on the same day in order to eliminate unnecessarily travel time. Usually we can accommodate your preferred activity schedule.
Q: Can I bring a camera on the Ropes Course?
A: You are going to need your hands to hold on! If you bring a camera, make sure it is securely attached.
Q: Do I need to bring anything on the trip with me?
A: No. We provide you with all the top-notch equipment you need for a safe and fun outdoor adventure. We recommend that you lock your valuables in your vehicle. We have a safe place for you to store your keys.
Q: What about inclement weather?
A: We operate the Ropes Course rain or shine — getting wet is half the fun! If there is lightning in the area, our Outpost Managers may delay until the storm has passed. We love liquid sunshine!
Q: What if I have to cancel?
A: We have a 48-hour cancellation policy. As long as you give us at least a two-day notice of your cancellation, there will be no charge to you. If you are making your reservation within the 48-hour period prior to your Ropes Course date, you waive your right to cancel.
Q: Is there more to do than the Ropes Course?
A: There’s lots to enjoy in the great outdoors with us! We offer vacation packages that include zip lines, and horseback riding (off-site). And while you’re visiting us take time to enjoy our Family Adventure Island accessed by a 150-ft swinging bridge. Our 10-acre island features barbeque grills, picnic tables, swings and beanbag toss games. There is also a nature trail and play area at waters edge!