Smoky Mountain Outdoors


White water rafting through class 3 to 4 rapids. Trips Go Rain or Shine! Family-owned and operated since 1993 by Daniel and Denise Jennette, SMO is the leader in whitewater professionalism in the Smoky Mountains Region.

With over 4,000 Tripadvisor reviews, Smoky Mountain Outdoors has a 5-star rating and has received the Certificate of Excellence for over 4 years in row.

With easy on – off access from I-40, SMO is located on the Pigeon River, only 45 minutes from Pigeon Forge, TN.  The largest outpost on the river, this beautiful riverside facility in Hartford, TN offers plenty of facilitated parking, souvenir photography, hot shower and changing rooms, a gift shop, riverside picnic pavilion, and casual food service.  Keep your eyes out for Canada Geese, Bald Eagles, or Brown Trout while you explore the grounds.

Choose the 6.5 mile Upper Trip, with Class III – IV whitewater, or the 5-mile Lower Trip, a scenic float through Class I – II currents. No experience is necessary. All equipment is provided, and there is a professional Guide in every raft.

SMO rafting combines a unique and exciting experience with the best view in the Smokies.  Expect to see wildflowers, water fowl, and other wildlife while descending the magnificent river gorge. Raft Guides share their passion for the river lifestyle while navigating the rapids and telling stories of history and landscape. Afterwards, relax or eat at the pavilion, view photos and shop, and share memories.

Group Rates and Custom packages are available: “Pack and Paddle” guided hike/raft combo, Upper and Lower river combo, inflatable kayaks on the Lower Pigeon, or a two-day adventure which includes ziplining with a partner company.

Pigeon River Campground

Pigeon River CampgroundCamp on the river and wake up in the fresh mountain air! The Pigeon River Campground is on the bank of the Pigeon River in Hartford, TN, right next door to Smoky Mountain Outdoors whitewater rafting.

Offering riverside tent sites, rustic camping cabins, and full-hookup RV sites, the Pigeon River Campground is a full-service destination including a swimming pool, wi-fi, a camp store, and private bathrooms. With a private boater’s take-out and proximity to mountain bike trails in the nearby Cherokee and Pisgah National Forests, adventurers come here to play with their toys. Adventure packages including rafting, guided hikes, ziplining, and mountain biking are available. Visit

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453 Brookside Village Way Gatlinburg, TN 37738 (877) 900-7038


Best Rafting 2016: 2nd Place Best Rafting 2017: 2nd Place