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Rip Roaring Adventures


Offering the best Smoky Mountain rafting trips for over 20 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!

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


Best Rafting 2018: 2nd Place
Best Rafting 2019: 3rd Place