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Rock Climbing Wall Adventures

The rock climbing wall at Rafting in the Smokies is the latest addition of fun to the Rafting in the Smokies experience! While you’re here, consider adding this on your adventure plate. Located on Family Adventure Island, the Rock Climbing Wall is a stunning tower that is adjacent to our High Elements Ropes Course and… Read more »

Festivals and Events near Rafting in the Smokies

It’s getting close to fall festival time! Rafting in the Smokies is starting to wind down for the season, but festivals and fall events are winding up. We’ve highlighted some that are in the Smoky Mountain and surrounding areas that should be on your radar. Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair (October 5–22, 2017) Dubbed one of the… Read more »

Fun Activities at Rafting in the Smokies

  Rafting in the Smokies has something for everyone! There are so many fun activities that people of nearly any age can participate in and enjoy. We encourage you to look at everything that RITS has to offer. For older kids, adrenaline junkies, and those who want a solid upper-body workout, the Upper Pigeon Whitewater… Read more »

Tips for a First Time Zipliner

Ziplining is an experience that gives you the chance to breeze through the trees and experience nature in ways you aren’t typically able to. Even though our Zipline Canopy Tour starts at the very top of our tower, there is no reason to fear the heights! Here are some tips if you are going to… Read more »

White Water Rafting with Kids

White water rafting is an excellent opportunity to bond with your family—even the little ones! We have two different rafting options at Rafting in the Smokies. For kids ages three and up, you can enjoy a lower intensity family float. Toddlers can sit safely on the floor of the raft, while older children and adults… Read more »

The Pigeon River—From North Carolina to Tennessee

Named after the Passenger Pigeon, the Pigeon River is a natural 70-mile stretch of water that flows northwest from Haywood County, North Carolina, up to Newport, Tennessee, where it meets the French Broad River. It first gained commercial notice by the milling industry. Champion Paper (now Blue Ridge Paper Products, Inc.) was the earliest operation… Read more »

Guide Interview: Brad

This interview is part of a series of interviews in which we help you get to know these amazing and passionate people who help to make RITS what it is. To view more, check out the Guide Interviews page. Brad learned about Rafting in the Smokies from his cousin and RITS guide, Birdman (Drew).  He… Read more »

Four Things To Do While Rafting

White water rafting is exciting, adventurous, and (dare we say it) good exercise. In addition to the great team-building and stress-burning you’ll experience while on the water, here are four other things to do while you’re rafting with Rafting in the Smokies on the Pigeon River. 1. Take in the beautiful scenery While you might… Read more »

Guide Interview: Sami

This interview is part of a series of interviews in which we help you get to know these amazing and passionate people who help to make RITS what it is. To view more, check out the Guide Interviews page. Sami is a raft guide who also did an internship for a degree in Parks &… Read more »