Nantahala Outdoor Center
What makes rafting the Pigeon River with Nantahala Outdoor Center a step above the rest? NOC’s highly trained raft guides are industry leaders who … [+ More]Website
Come ready for fun and we’ll do everything else! Whitewater excitement or relaxing floats. Fun and memorable rafting experiences. Our beautiful loc… [+ More]Website
Rafting in the Smokies
“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! … [+ More]Website
Families love river time and you can zipline over the river at Wildwater Rafting! Class III and IV whitewater rafting. Fun times, canopy tours and sc… [+ More]Website
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 t… [+ More]Website
Pigeon Forge Rafting
Rafting in Pigeon Forge and the Smokies is one of the most pulse-pounding recreational activities available near the Great Smoky Mountains. Pigeon Forge rafting can be enjoyed by anyone and can be done with little to no experience. There is nothing quite like speeding down river in a rubber raft crashing through rapids, over waterfalls while paddling furiously to stay on course.
Check out our outdoor adventures page to find a company for your great adventure! Rapids are classified on a scale from one to six-six being the highest and commercially unrunnable-and one being easy and mellow. The rafting season on the Pigeon River opens March 5 with varying water levels in the spring. On May 3, guaranteed water release start and go through Labor Day.
Where Do You Raft In Pigeon Forge?
The Big Pigeon River is located off of Interstate 40 at exit 447 in Hartford, Tennessee near Pigeon Forge. You can raft the upper or the lower float portion of the Big Pigeon. The upper is dam-controlled with scheduled water release days and has a minimum age of 8 years old and weight limit of 70 lbs. The lower float trip is a relaxed one-hour ride down river for ages three and up.
For kayak and canoe enthusiasts, the Smoky Mountains provide many opportunities for individuals with their own equipment. Those interested in learning or simply renting equipment should not fear! The surrounding communities offer rafting and tubing adventures, as well as equipment rental.
Pigeon Forge Tubing
Want a cool way to spend a hot afternoon in the Smokies? Bring or rent a tube and spend a few fun-filled hours floating down the Little Pigeon River in East Tennessee. Tubing offers families a way to float easily past some relaxing scenery in the Great Smoky Mountains. Water flow can vary, but tubing is great fun and safe for all ages. The most popular area that visitors choose for tubing is in the nearby town of Townsend, TN.