Upper River Rafting

March – October

Enjoy a fun and exciting 6.5 mile trip down the river on class 3 and 4 rapids.


May – September

Experience a scenic 5.5 mile trip on the river that’s perfect for families.

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Spring and Fall Trips

March & April, September & October

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Extreme Upper Rafting

May – September

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Rafting Combo Trips

May – September

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Inflatable Kayaking

May – September

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White Water Rafting in the Great Smoky Mountains

The Most Trusted Outfitter on the Pigeon River

Treat yourself to an unforgettable experience at Smoky Mountain Outdoors (SMO) with one of our many white water rafting adventures in Tennessee. We’ve been setting the bar high for whitewater rafting service, safety and fun since 1993.

Experience whitewater rafting in Tennessee and be assured of an exciting adventure as you romp through some of our class III and class IV rapids this rafting season!

Great Location Near Gatlinburg

Smoky Mountain Outdoors is conveniently located in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains, on the Pigeon River. Smoky Mountain Outdoors is a quick drive from Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge and offers breathtaking scenery with exciting whitewater rafting thrills for the whole family.

Family enjoying rafting with Smoky Mountain Outdoors

The guide we had was amazing. The whole process was very organized. Everyone was extremely nice, knowledgeable, and you could tell they loved their job of making people have a blast – via TripAdvisor

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Happy kayaker in red kayak with yellow paddle on Pigeon River in the Smoky Mountains

Safe and Fun Whitewater Rafting

During your visit to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, why not enjoy one of the most exciting attractions in the Great Smoky Mountains?

All Tennessee rafting trips include an experienced guide in every raft to keep your adventure safe and enjoyable.

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Smoky Mountain Outdoors professional guide with group of rafters


Looking for a fun-filled adventure for your group? Look no further and try whitewater rafting with us! We offer great group prices, too!

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Our whitewater rafting is located 45 minutes from Gatlinburg, so you will still get to experience the beauty of the Smoky Mountains!

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Camping cabins at Pigeon River Campground in Hartford TN


Looking for a great place to stay before and after your whitewater rafting trip? Take a look at our Pigeon River Campground and our camping cabins.

Pigeon River Campground


Keep up-to-date with everything happening at Smoky Mountain Outdoors, including helpful rafting tips! 

  • family white water rafting in the smoky mountains
    Top 4 Health Benefits of White Water Rafting in the Smoky Mountains

    Our white water rafting trips with SMO Rafting are not only fun, but they are great for your health too! While joining us on an adventure, you will be paddling along with a professional guide and the rest of your group to challenge the river.

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    Top 4 Reasons Why the Pigeon River is Perfect for White Water Rafting

    We have several fun white water rafting excursions, all which take place along the beautiful Pigeon River! Whether you are joining us for a thrilling raft trip down class 3 and 4 rapids of the Upper Pigeon River or a more leisurely float trip

  • snowy smoky mountains
    5 Fun Smoky Mountain Activities You Can Enjoy During the Winter Months

    While we are closed for the season, there are still plenty of ways to stay active during the winter months in the Smokies! This is actually a wonderful time to be outside among the Smoky Mountains as the winter temperatures are generally mode

Ready to book your trip on the river?

We recommend reserving your whitewater rafting adventure before you visit to guarantee your time! Start planning your trip today!

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