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Rip Roaring Adventures

3555 Wheat Way, Hartford, TN 37753 | (800) 449-7238 |

Attractions, Outdoor Attractions, Rafting


Voted #1 in the World for “Best Family Fun” TripAdvisor 2021 Travelers Choice!

Rip Roaring Adventures, offering the best Smoky Mountain rafting trips for over 26 years! Spice up your next trip to Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg, TN by spending a day whitewater rafting on the Pigeon River with us! From exciting, adventurous class 3 & 4 rapids (age 8+) to a beautiful scenic float trip (age 3+), our highly trained and swift water certified guides guarantee the perfect river rafting adventure for beginners to experienced rafters. Located just 40 minutes away in Hartford, TN.

Book online and save $12 per person!

Trusting us to help make your vacation memorable for your family, friends, church, or co-workers is the biggest honor to us. Just read our TripAdvisor and Facebook reviews and you will see the pride we take in being able to share our love and knowledge of the Pigeon River with our guests.

As a small family owned and operated outfitter, we strive to provide a more one on one experience. We take our time to appreciate nature and not rush our guests down the river thus allowing more time to create a bond with your guide, friends and family!

Who We Are: Our owners, Joe & Crystal Novotny, have been in the whitewater rafting business for over 20 years. Joe being a guide himself on rivers in CO, WV and TN is an ACA Swift Water Rescue Level 5 Instructor, so rest assured, you are in good hands! Whether he is guiding you down the river or driving your bus, his love for whitewater is evident at the first conversation.

Crystal, whom takes the reservations herself, has been on the ‘Land Operations” side of the business for most of her life. A traveling whitewater enthusiasts, she has worked the back end of operations on rivers in CO and her home state of WV managing stores and offices. You can even find her cleaning wetsuits or ringing up merchandise at the register.

Together with their young daughter Josephine (the real boss…) and their extraordinary team of guides and office staff, Rip Roaring Adventures will create a memorable, fun and safe rafting experience to treasure for a lifetime. Check out our video “A passion worth Sharing” to find out more!


If you're looking for a great company Rip Roaring Adventures is the company you want to use.

- jharris57, St. Louis, MO

Great professional & cooperative staff made our trip very enjoyable for the first timers.

- Cliff C, Asheville, NC

Photo Gallery



Best Of Pigeon Forge 2018 logo

2nd Place

Best Rafting

Best Of Pigeon Forge 2021 logo

2nd Place

Best Rafting

Best Of Pigeon Forge 2022 logo

2nd Place

Best Rafting

Best Of Pigeon Forge 2019 logo

3rd Place

Best Rafting

2021 TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Award - #1 Family Experience in the world
2021 TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Award - #3 Water Experience in the world
2022 TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice


Rip Roaring Adventures

3555 Wheat Way Hartford, TN 37753

(800) 449-7238

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