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.
Pigeon Forge Rafting
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.Pigeon Forge Rafting
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.