Upper River Rafting

March – October

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

LOWER RIVER RAFTING

May – September

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

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Natural Release 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.

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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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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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GROUPS

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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CLOSE TO GATLINBURG

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

PIGEON RIVER CAMPING

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

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