Welcome to Rafting in the Smokies, your best choice for Pigeon River whitewater rafting trips since 1978. Float down the lower section of the Pigeon River, which has calm Class I and Class II rapids. Accompanied by one of Rafting in the Smokies friendly, professional river guides, your family and friends will be escorted down 6 miles of this casual and laid back section of the river. No experience is necessary! This trip is open to anyone 3 years old or older – life jackets/personal flotation devices (PFDs) and helmets are provided and required for all participants.
The scenery surrounding the upper and lower sections of the Pigeon River is just as breathtaking as the river itself. Skirted by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cherokee National Forest, Martha Sundquist State Forest and the Appalachian Trail, the Pigeon has carved its rocky riverbed through some of the most dramatic country in East Tennessee.
Rafting in the Smokies has the longest operating season and the most amenities available on site. The Pigeon River is dam-controlled with scheduled water releases from Memorial Day through Labor Day on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday. Reservations are recommended to ensure that you and your party secure the date and time of your choice.Walk-in guests are welcome!
If someone in your group needs a little more adventure, we can accommodate! Let us help you plan coinciding whitewater and float trips. The portion of the group rafting the Lower Pigeon Float Trip can be scheduled to coincide with the other portion of the group’s Upper Pigeon Whitewater Trip.
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!
No Experience Necessary!
What to Expect: Gentle Waves, Maximum 7 people + 1 Guide having 8 People Per Raft
Minimum Age: 3+
Maximum: Must be able to fit in a 56’’ PFD.
Difficulty: Class I, II
Location: Lower Pigeon River
Length of Rafting Trip: 6 Miles/Approx. 2 Hours
Safety: Trained Guide in EVERY Raft, Life Jackets, helmets, and PFDs Provided & Required
Price: $35.00 Per Person Plus Tax
Reservations Recommended: Open Memorial Day to Labor Day – Rain or Shine!
Trips Available: Guaranteed water days are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Based on lake levels, we may have trips available other days. Call for availability 1-800-776-7238.
FREE On-Site Amenities Include: Our 10-acre island features barbeque grills, picnic tables, beanbag toss games and a playground. 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: Whitewater Rafting, Zipline Course, High Elements Ropes Challenge Course, Horseback Riding
This 1:20pm trip meets at the Pigeon River Outpost in Hartford, TN at 12:35 PM
12:35PM– After arriving at the Outpost please lock all personal items in your vehicle and promptly check in. Make sure not to leave your signed waivers in the car. We will keep your keys while you are playing on the river.
1:05PM – After all participants have checked in you can explore the outpost but stay within the sound of the music on the speakers. The office will announce your trip over the speakers when it is time to assemble for your river orientation and safety talk by the trip leader. You will meet your guide and he will help you choose your life jacket and other gear.
1:20PM – The Lower Pigeon Float Trip will depart from the island across from the Outpost. It is very common to see many different species of wildlife in this section of the river. There is also a calm section, where you will be able to get off the raft and swim if you would like. The trip is approximately 6 miles. When your trip arrives at the take out, our bus will be waiting to take you back to the Outpost.
3:10 PM – We arrive back at the River Outpost where you may view and purchase trip photos of a great day of rafting. Bring a picnic and relax on our Family Adventure Island. Our 10-acre island features barbeque grills, picnic tables, beanbag toss games and a playground. There is also a nature trail and play area at waters edge! Enjoy the setting and share stories about your exciting rafting adventure with Rafting in the Smokies!