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Top 4 Things to Know About Our Tennessee White Water Rafting Outpost

March 20, 2024

If you’ve been searching for the closest white water rafting outfitter near Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountain area, you just found it! Our Pigeon River outpost is situated just about 45 minutes north of Gatlinburg, making it an easy half-day trip for those seeking the best outdoor adventure in the Smokies! Here are the top 4 things to know about our Tennessee white water rafting outpost: Read More

black bear crossing the road in the Smokies

Smoky Mountain Outdoors Announces New Partnership with the Safe Passage Project

June 20, 2022

For those who don’t know, wildlife found in the Smokies are born with the instinct to follow the same geographical path as the relatives who have come before them. They do so in search of many different things, including food, mates, and territory. The problem is that humans have made natural migration more difficult by dividing their pathways with roads and infrastructure. In an effort to bring awareness to this issue, we have recently partnered with the Safe Passage project: Read More

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SMO Rafting Wins TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award

August 20, 2020

We’re so excited to announce that we are a 2020 Travelers’ Choice Award winner! This special recognition is given to businesses that are known for consistently earning great reviews on TripAdvisor. We’re honored to earn this reward, and it means so much more knowing it’s because of great reviews left by everyone who’s been rafting with us! Learn more about this recognition below and why you should join SMO Rafting on the river! Read More

people enjoying their rafting trip in the smoky mountains

4 Things That Will Make You Want to Book Your Trip for Rafting in the Smoky Mountains Today

July 19, 2019

If you always thought about going white water rafting in the Smokies, now is the time to book your trip! Our rafting trips are a fun adventure that the entire family can enjoy and are perfect for anyone 3 years and older! All of our trips are fully guided and every guest is issued a Coast Guard approved personal flotation device so you don’t even need to know how to swim! Here are the top 4 things that will make you want to book your trip for rafting in the Smoky Mountains today: Read More

kayaking on the river

Top 5 Things You’ll Love About Kayaking in the Smoky Mountains with Us

March 26, 2019

We no longer offer inflatable kayaking trips.

While Smoky Mountain Outdoors is certainly known for our popular white water rafting trips in the Smokies, many folks are pleasantly surprised to find out that we also offer inflatable kayaking excursions! This is a fantastic opportunity to experience the beauty of the region while enjoying a guided whitewater adventure on the Pigeon River! Here are the top 5 things you’ll love about kayaking in the Smoky Mountains with us: Read More

people rafting in the smoky mountains

5 Things to Know About Rafting in the Smoky Mountains with Us

November 18, 2018

White water rafting is one of the most exciting adventures in the Smoky Mountains! When you go rafting with us at Smoky Mountain Outdoors, you’re in for a treat. We make your experience on the river both safe and enjoyable! Here are 5 things to know about rafting in the Smoky Mountains with us: Read More

A happy group of friends white water river rafting on their Smoky Mountain vacation.

All You Need to Know About Our Gatlinburg Zipline and Rafting Package

February 8, 2018

Are you looking for the ultimate outdoor adventure in the Smoky Mountains? You’ve come to the right place! At Smoky Mountain Outdoors, we’ve partnered with CLIMB Works to create the ultimate adventure for our visitors. You can now go white water rafting at Smoky Mountain Outdoors and do a scenic canopy tour at CLIMB Works! Find out all you need to know about our Gatlinburg zipline and rafting package: Read More


3 Smoky Mountain Activities to Try During the Winter

January 31, 2018

We know you’re counting down the months until rafting season begins – we can’t wait either! Luckily though, the Smoky Mountains are filled with fun things to do all year long! We’ve come up with 3 Smoky Mountain activities for you to try in the winter to help pass the time until you and your family’s white water rafting trip. Read More

Fun for all ages!

3 Reasons Why We Are the Best White Water Rafting Near Gatlinburg TN

August 11, 2017

Being in the water is a necessity for the summer! You want to cool off but also have fun while doing it! White water rafting is the perfect activity to enjoy in the summer, and not just because you can do it even if it’s raining. It’s a fun experience that everyone should try and you’ll want to do it again and again every time you visit the area!

We’ve got 3 reasons why we are the best white water rafting near Gatlinburg TN: Read More