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Rafting in the Smokies: Feature Friday

1.) Where is Rafting in the Smokies located and how long have you been in business?

Rafting in the Smokies has been safely guiding Tennessee whitewater rafting and Pigeon River float trips since 1978. For 34 years we’ve been committed to maintaining the highest standards in guest services and safety. Rafting in the Smokies Reservations Office is located at 813 East Parkway (Hwy. 321 N.) in Gatlinburg. Our River Outpost is located in Hartford, TN (Exit #447 just off I-40) and is a scenic 45-minute drive from Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville.

2.) Is there a guide in every raft?

Yes, each of our safety certified and trained guides is dedicated to making sure your whitewater rafting trip is the most fun you’ll have all year. Before your trip your personal guide will give you instructions on whitewater safety. No experience is necessary!

3.) Is there an age limit for children?

For a whitewater rafting trip on the Upper Pigeon (Class III-IV rapids) children must be 8 years old or weigh at least 70 lbs. For a float trip on the Lower Pigeon (Class I-II & One Class III) children must be at least 3 years old.

4.) Can you accommodate large families and groups?

We love groups! We are the pros at handling multi-level adventures for groups of all ages! Groups love our Family Adventure Island where you can also take a ride on our thrilling 600 ft. Dual Ziplines or challenge yourself with our High Elements Ropes Challenge Course. Our 10-acre island features picnic tables and barbeque grills, swings and beanbag toss games. There’s also a nature trail and beach area for swimming. Our Group Sales Managers are at your service to ensure your group creates memories to last a lifetime!

5.) What do you suggest guest to wear or bring with them for the trip?

Getting wet is just half the fun! We raft rain or shine! We never let a little rain dampen our day! You may want to wear shorts and a t-shirt, or bathing suit. Synthetic materials dry faster and are more comfortable than cotton. You must wear tennis shoes, water shoes, or sandals with a back strap. No bare feet, flip flops, or Crocs. Make sure your eyewear has a strap. Bring a change of clothes and a towel. We have clean facilities for changing and hot showers.