Minimum Age: 5 yrs
Minimum Weight: 45 lbs
Maximum Weight: 250 lbs
Welcome to Rafting in the Smokies, your best choice for Pigeon River rafting trips for 37 years and your premier Smoky Mountain destination for outdoor family adventure.
The Zipline Canopy Tour is the best deal in the Smokies – more zipping for the best price anywhere around. We are proud to offer our new extended Zipline Canopy Tour at a special low rate because we know it adds value to our rafting customers. While zipping through the treetops, you will get the best views of Family Adventure Island, the Pigeon River and flora and fauna that can only be seen in the Great Smoky Mountains.
After you receive your safety gear and instruction session with your personal Adventure guide, you’ll climb high in the air on our impressively constructed zipline tower. Get set for an adrenaline rush as you zip down the racing lines through the treetops. You’ll experience a total of 6 ziplines crossing 2 skybridges, for a total run of 2400 feet. Our staff photographer will take your picture, which is available for purchase.
Rafting in the Smokies has the longest operating season and the most amenities available on site. You will want to coordinate your Zipline Canopy Tour 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, and Saturday. Reservations are recommended 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 Ropes Challenge Course! 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!
No Experience Necessary!
What to Expect: Soar through the air on 6 ziplines and 2 skybridges ranging from 60-80 feet off the ground for a total of 2400 feet long!
Weight Requirements: Minimum = 45 lbs & Maximum = 250 lbs
Age Requirements: 5 years old
Difficulty: Moderate because of Tower Steps and once you are on the circuit around the island you must complete it.
Location: Family Adventure Island at the Rafting in the Smokies Outpost
Length of Activity: 1 hour
Safety: Required & Provided: Helmet and Full Body Harness are Attached to Overhead Belay Cable with Ropes and Carabineers. Our ziplines are also self-braking.
Price: $39 Per Person Plus Tax
Reservations Recommended: Open Memorial Day to Labor Day. Rain or Shine!
Times Available: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Call for other 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, Scenic Family Float Rafting, Zipline Course, Ropes Challenge Course and Horseback Riding.
Q: What do I need to wear for the Zipline?
A: The best thing to wear is long shorts or pants. 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 1 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 Zipline is designed for anyone weighing 45-250 lbs.
Q: If I am pregnant can I go?
A: No, we do not allow pregnant women to participate.
Q: Do you have a minimum age for children?
A: Yes, children must be 5 years old and all participants must weigh at least 45 lbs.
Q: Do you have a group rate?
A: We make group outings the highlight of the memories made while enjoying the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains. Groups rates are available for groups of 10 or more. Advance reservations are required. Click on our Group Specials page for additional information.
Q: What times are the Zipline available? Can I schedule it on the same day as my Rafting/Ropes Course?
A: The Zipline operates from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday from Memorial Day to Labor Day 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 Zipline?
A: You are going to need your hands to hold on! Our staff photographer will take several photos of your Zipline adventure. You can view these and purchase a disk after your adventure.
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 Zipline 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 Zipline date, you waive your right to cancel.
Q: Is there more to do than Ziplining?
A: There are lots to enjoy in the great outdoors with us! We offer vacation packages that include rafting and horseback riding (off-site). And while you’re visiting us, take the time to enjoy our Family Adventure Island accessed by a 150-ft suspension bridge. 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!