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4 Things to Do in Hartford TN

March 4, 2024

Whether you’re in Hartford Tennessee enjoying your rafting adventure with us or passing through the area during off season, there are some amazing things to do in town. You might as well make a full trip out of your visit to the Smokies and experience everything you can! Here are 4 of the best things to do in Hartford TN: Read More

jumping pillow and cabins at Pigeon River Campground

4 Perks of Staying at Pigeon River Campground After Your Rafting Trip

December 21, 2023

If you want to plan the perfect outdoor adventure in the Smokies, combine a white water rafting trip with an overnight stay at the Pigeon River Campground! This beautiful campground is located right next door to our rafting outpost and offers a variety of sites to meet your needs, including tent sites, RV sites and camping cabins! Here are 4 perks of staying at Pigeon River Campground after your rafting trip: Read More

Pigeon River in Hartford

3 Things to Know About Hartford TN Weather

June 30, 2023

Our white water rafting season runs from March until October, giving you plenty of opportunity to experience the thrills of the Pigeon River! If you’re trying to decide when to take your trip, keep the weather conditions in mind so that you can plan accordingly! For example, if joining us during the cooler months of the year, you’ll want quick-drying layers and wool or fleece socks to keep your feet warm! Meanwhile, shorts and bathing suits are the norm for the summer! When making your plans, be prepared with these 3 things to know about the Hartford TN weather: Read More


4 Money-Saving Packages That Combine White Water Rafting With the Best Smoky Mountain Attractions

May 26, 2023

While our white water rafting trips are sure to be the highlight of your Smoky Mountain vacation, we know that you’ll want to see some of the area’s other popular attractions! The awesome news is that we offer several convenient packages that combine our trips with the top destinations in the Smokies, all at a significant discount! Here are 4 money-saving packages that combine white water rafting with the best Smoky Mountain attractions: Read More

group rafting with Smoky Mountain Outdoors on the Pigeon River

Top 4 Ways to Save Money on Your Smoky Mountain Vacation

May 11, 2023

You’ll be pleasantly surprised to know that the Smoky Mountains can be one of the most affordable vacation destinations in the country! Regardless of your budget, you can have an amazing time in the Smokies without spending a fortune. There are plenty of exciting things to do that cost much less than you would think, including our whitewater rafting trips on the Pigeon River! Here are the top 4 ways to save money on your Smoky Mountain vacation: Read More

full breakfast with ham eggs, coffee, and orange juice

Top 4 Breakfast Restaurants Near Hartford TN

April 27, 2023

Before joining us for a thrilling white water rafting adventure on the Pigeon River, start your morning with a delicious breakfast near Hartford TN! This is the perfect way to get all the energy you’ll need for paddling down the river with your family and friends! Whether you prefer a light meal or a hearty Southern-style breakfast, you’ll find plenty of tempting options just minutes away from our rafting outpost! Here are the top 4 breakfast restaurants near Hartford TN: Read More

Pulled Pork Sandwich

3 Delicious Family Restaurants in Hartford TN

December 2, 2021

With all the amazing activities to do in and around Hartford, your family is bound to work up an appetite. Luckily, there are plenty of fantastic places around town to get a scrumptious meal! Whether you are looking for a home-cooked country dinner or some true southern BBQ, the perfect dining spot is just a short drive away. Please note that these restaurants are seasonal and may not be open year round. Here are 3 of the best family restaurants in Hartford TN: Read More

A family holding their paddles over their heads on a Gatlinburg TN white water rafting adventure.

3 Reasons to Take Advantage of Our Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg Coupons and Packages

February 15, 2018

Are you looking for an affordable and exciting adventure in the Smoky Mountains? Look no further! At Smoky Mountain Outdoors, we have multiple options that help you spend less money and spend more time having fun. We offer coupons and special packages so you can save on your vacation and have the experience of a lifetime. Here are 3 reasons to take advantage of our Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg coupons and packages: Read More

People having fun on a white water rafting trip

5 Tips for Making the Most of Your White Water Rafting Adventure in Gatlinburg

December 3, 2014

At Smoky Mountain Outdoors, we want our guests to enjoy their white water rafting adventure to the fullest. Absolutely no prior experience is needed to go rafting with us, but it doesn’t hurt to prepare for your trip with a little research. To help you make the most of your time in the Smokies, we’ve put together five tips for going white water rafting in Gatlinburg: Read More