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Whitewater Rafting in Tennessee – Attractions in Gatlinburg

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4 Little Known Facts About the Pigeon River

April 19, 2024

The Pigeon River is one of the best places for white water rafting in Tennessee. With everything from class 1 to class 4 rapids, this beautiful river can accommodate rafters of all ages and abilities. Did you know that the Pigeon River spans two states? Read on to learn more about one of the South East’s most popular rivers. Read More

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Learn About the History of White Water Rafting

December 23, 2021

With thrilling speeds and waves splashing all around, it is easy to see why whitewater rafting is one of the most exciting and popular outdoor attractions in Gatlinburg. But did you know that rafting has been around for hundreds of years? While rafting is considered a leisure activity, it was also one of the earliest modes of transporting people and goods. Keep reading to learn more about the history of white water rafting: Read More


5 Reasons You Should Vacation in the Smokies

August 14, 2021

Are you looking to plan a vacation in the Smoky Mountains? The Smokies have so much to offer, including breathtaking views of nature and activities for the whole family. No matter what your hobbies are, you can find something that will interest you in the Smokies. Check out these 5 reasons why you should vacation in the Smokies: Read More

Woman Kayaking with Smoky Mountain Outdoors on Lower Pigeon River

7 Facts You Didn’t Know About the History of Kayaking in Gatlinburg

July 23, 2020

We no longer offer inflatable kayaking trips.

While we are mostly known for our white water rafting adventures, we also offer inflatable kayaking trips on the Lower Pigeon River. Guests choose from either a single or a double kayak and then spend an hour and a half surfing and splashing through Class 1 and 2 rapids. Unlike white water rafting, kayaking in Gatlinburg puts you in the driver’s seat since each guest gets to steer their own boat! To help you prepare for kayaking season, we’ve put together 7 facts you probably didn’t know about the history of kayaking: Read More

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Top 4 Reasons to Go White Water Rafting in Tennessee With a Group

September 18, 2019

While our white water rafting trips are great fun for couples and families, they are especially fun with a group! Whether you are attending a corporate retreat, camping with a scout trip or on vacation with a large group of friends, you will love sharing this thrilling adventure with others! We guarantee that your day on the river with Smoky Mountain Outdoors will be the highlight of your group vacation! Here are the top 4 reasons to go white water rafting in Tennessee with a group: Read More

A young woman on a Smoky Mountain kayaking trip.

Top Reasons to Join Us for a Smoky Mountain Kayaking Adventure

August 27, 2017

We no longer offer inflatable kayaking trips.

It is well known that Smoky Mountain Outdoors provides the best whitewater rafting excursions for anyone traveling to the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge areas. However, did you know that we also offer lower river kayaking trips? This is a unique and fun way to explore the Lower Pigeon River while having the comfort of a guide with you at all times! Check out these top 4 reasons why you should join us for a Smoky Mountain kayaking adventure: Read More

Excited people rafting on the Pigeon River in Tennessee

3 Fun Smoky Mountain Vacation Ideas That Include Rafting Near Gatlinburg TN

November 9, 2016

The Great Smoky Mountains are the perfect place to get away from it all for a weekend, a week, or even longer! While you’re visiting East Tennessee, we recommend booking a white water rafting adventure with Smoky Mountains Outdoors. Our thrilling trips on the Pigeon River are an essential part of any getaway in the Smokies. To help spark some inspiration, Smoky Mountain Outdoors has put together a list of three fun vacation ideas that include rafting near Gatlinburg TN: Read More

A family whitewater rafting with Smoky Mountain Outdoors.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch Goes Whitewater Rafting with Smoky Mountain Outdoors

July 23, 2016

As part of her “Travels with Amy” column, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Amy Bertrand visited Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains with her family. We are pleased to report that Amy and the rest of the Bertrand clan stopped by Smoky Mountain Outdoors during their vacation! Read on to see what Amy had to say about her whitewater rafting adventure in the Smokies. Read More

Happy family on a Lower Pigeon River rafting trip.

3 Ways to Prepare for Your Lower Pigeon River Rafting Trip

February 18, 2016

Rafting is one of the most enjoyable activities to do as a group or a family. There are many great rivers throughout this country to go rafting. However, one of the best places to go rafting with a group is on the Lower Pigeon River. The Lower Pigeon River rafting trip will take you on a 5.5-mile trip through the scenic Pigeon River gorge. During the trip, you will run about 50 class 1 and 2 rapids with 1 class 3 at the end. Water fights and splashing are very popular aspects of the Lower Pigeon River trip, that you won’t want to miss out. Of course, in order to have a truly spectacular rafting trip you have to prepare your group and family beforehand. Here are the best ways to prepare for your Lower Pigeon River rafting trip. Read More

A happy group enjoying Gatlinburg TN white water rafting.

5 Common Myths About Gatlinburg TN White Water Rafting

February 2, 2016

If you’ve never been white water rafting before, you might have some misconceptions about what it’s like. Don’t worry; you’re not alone! Incorrect information and myths spread quickly, but fortunately, Smoky Mountain Outdoors is here to set the record straight. In this blog, we’ll debunk five of the top misconceptions about Gatlinburg TN white water rafting. Read More

A happy group of people Pigeon Forge rafting.

3 Reasons to Go Pigeon Forge Rafting This Spring

January 25, 2016

After winter is over, there is nothing better than getting out and having an adventure. There is no better place to have an adventure than in the Pigeon Forge area. Pigeon Forge is full of great attractions and things to do, but nothing is more exciting and more Pigeon Forge rafting in the spring and here is why. Read More