Rafting in the Smokies


813 East Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(800) 776-7238
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“One day here makes a lifetime of memories!”

Whether high in the treetops or down in the rapids, get ready for action-packed outdoor adventure! Take in Rafting, Zip Lining, Ropes Challenge Course, Rock Climbing Wall and a 150 foot swinging bridge to our exclusive 10-acre Family Adventure Island with playground, nature trail and picnic area.

Thrill seeker? Experience the most action-packed section of whitewater rafting on the Upper Pigeon River featuring 5 miles of Class III and Class IV rapids for ages 8+.

Little ones? The Lower Family Float Section for ages 3+features 6 miles of Class I and Class II rapids.

Ready to fly? Soar through the treetop canopy on a zipline course over half a mile long, with spectacular views of the Pigeon River from high in the treetops.

Up for a challenge? Take on our high elements ropes challenge course, with four different skill levels ranging in difficulty.

Want a NEW experience? Our brand new four sided rock climbing wall is designed to be accessible to all ages and fun for all skill and athletic levels. With everything from wild to mild, it’s family friendly fun for all ages!

Mix and Match Your Ideal Vacation

Spend the day or your whole vacation with Rafting in the Smokies. We offer special combo packages for raft & zip; raft & ropes; raft, zip & ropes; raft, zip, ropes & rock; and paddle & saddle with horseback riding. Check out all our Adventure Packages & Specials on our website.

Make the most of your precious and valuable vacation time. Let Rafting in the Smokies show you the best of the Great Smoky Mountains for the best value!


Whitewater Rafting Experts Since 1978 - FAQ

Q: What river do you raft on?

A: We raft the Big Pigeon River located approximately 45 minutes away from the Smoky Mountain Area.

Q: Tell me about the company.

A: Rafting in the Smokies has been safely guiding rafting trips on the Big Pigeon River since 1978 and is the whitewater rafting leader on the Pigeon River. Certified, trained and friendly guides accompany your group to ensure a safe and comfortable trip. All of our experienced guides have a love of the great outdoors and are eager to share their knowledge and enthusiasm with you.

Q: What can a visitor expect while on a rafting trip?

A: First, expect to get wet! Secondly, get ready to discover your sense of adventure on the Big Pigeon River. Explore the most action-packed section of whitewater rafting in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. The beautiful surroundings of the scenic Pigeon River gorge are not to be missed.

Q: How long is the tour?

A: We have 2 sections to enjoy on the Pigeon River. The Upper Whitewater section is ideal for families with children of 8 years old or 70 lbs. Splash through 12 Class III and 3 Class IV rapids on this 5 1/2 miles trip. Spend about 1 1/2 hrs on the river with an experienced guide in every raft. The river’s scenery is just as dramatic as it’s rapids.

The Lower Family Scenic Float section is a great option for those who didn’t quite meet the age requirement for the Upper Section. Children must be at least 3 years old. The float trip is an exciting, easy introduction to whitewater for younger children. Lots of splashes and a section to jump in and swim along with the raft. This trip takes approximately 2 hours to complete the 6 1/2 mile long section.

Q: Do you usually see wildlife while rafting?

A: The Pigeon River is carved down a deep gorge, due to the terrain, it’s difficult for wildlife to stand on those steep walls, but you will see otters, fish and of course lots of birds.

Q: Is there an age limit?

A: Yes. Children have to be 8 years old or 70 lbs to raft on the Upper Pigeon River Whitewater Section and 3 years of age up to grandparents to go on the Lower Pigeon River Family Float Trip.

Q: How many people can you take in a raft?

A: We can take up to 7 per raft plus a certified experienced guide.

Q: Why should visitors choose Rafting in the Smokies over other rafting companies in the area?

A: We are voted #1 rafting company on TripAdvisor from the great experience we offer our guests. We have so much more to offer. Rafting in the Smokies is a One-Stop-Adventure-Shop, ALL activities are at ONE location. In addition to the rafting trips offered on the Upper and Lower Section of the Pigeon River, we offer lots of other fun activities.

Step across our 150-foot swinging bridge to our 10-Acre Family Adventure Island with with playground, nature trail and picnic area with barbeque grills. We also offer 6 canopy ziplines, 2 sky bridges, a high elements ropes challenge course and a rock climbing wall! We offer great deals & packages - the best value in the Smokies! Creating memories that will last forever is what we are good at!