Are you planning a visit to the Smoky Mountains for a family reunion, church retreat, corporate trip, or another group getaway? A rafting trip is the perfect activity for your vacation in East Tennessee! Here are just a few of the benefits your group will enjoy when they go white water rafting in Gatlinburg:
1. Team Building
White water rafting is the ultimate team building exercise! Your group will have to work together as you make your way down the Pigeon River. Rowing in unison and steering your raft all require groups to listen to one another and function as a team.
Rafting also builds trust within your group, because you’ll need to have confidence in your teammates to do their part. The skills and relationships you build on the water will follow your group long after your Smoky Mountain vacation ends.
2. Get to Know Each Other
When people get outside of their comfort zone, they really start to open up. Even the quietest person in your office or church group will have something to say when your raft encounters Class 4 rapids!
As you enjoy your white water rafting trip, you’re guaranteed to learn something about your friends or family that you never knew before. An outdoor adventure can bring out a side of your personality that you don’t usually show. You might be surprised to find out who in your group is a natural born rafter!
3. Group Bonding
Nothing brings people closer together than an exhilarating shared experience. When your group rafts the Upper Pigeon River you’ll enjoy over 70 rapids, ranging from Class 1 all the way to Class 4. With crashing waves and exciting drops, a rafting trip is a real thrill ride. Scientific studies have shown that an uptick in adrenaline actually makes people feel closer to the people they are with, so prepare from some serious group bonding!
4. Sense of Accomplishment
When your rafting adventure comes to a close, your group will feel a genuine sense of accomplishment. Learning an entirely new skill and conquering the Pigeon River will make your group feel like they can take on anything. Overcoming challenges, and having fun doing it, is a powerful experience for any group.
5. Lasting Memories
A white water rafting trip creates the type of memories that last a lifetime. Years after their first trip with us, guests love to return to Smoky Mountain Outdoors to tell us about their adventure in great detail. Be sure to take plenty of photos, you can reminisce with your group about your amazing stay in the Smokies.
If you’re planning to go white water rafting in Gatlinburg with ten people or more, be sure to let us know in advance. Our staff likes to know as much as possible about group visits so we can make your experience extra special! To get in touch with us, fill out the contact form on our Whitewater Rafting Group Information page. We can’t wait to hear from you!