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What To Do If Your Raft Flips Over

Whitewater Rafting Tennessee

Although it is usually a rare occurrence, inflatable rafts do occasionally flip over. If you are rafting in the Smokies with our team there is no need to worry if your raft capsizes! Our guides are all rafting experts with over 20 trips down the Pigeon River under their belts. There are a few techniques we use to get our rafts right side up again: Read More


A Real Log Cabin Dinner in the Smokies


Greenbrier restaraunt near Gatlinburg white water raftingHow would you like to eat a delicious meal in a historic log cabin? Located right around the corner from our Gatlinburg white water rafting, The Greenbrier Restaurant serves quality French, Italian and American favorites in a rustic log structure built in 1939. Family owned and operates, this restaurant is the perfect place for dinner, drinks and dessert in the Smokies. Read More

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The Best Reuben Sandwich In Gatlinburg


There is nothing quite like a freshly made Reuben sandwich. With piping hot corn beef, perfectly melted swiss cheese, russian dressing and sauerkraut, a Reuben is always hearty and satisfying. You can find the best Reuben in the Smokies at The Hofbrauhaus Restaurant and Cheese Cupboard. Located right around the corner from Smoky Mountain Outdoors, the number one destination for Gatlinburg white water rafting, the Hofbrauhaus Restaurant is an authentic German style sandwich and cheese shop.

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Big family enjoying a Lower Pigeon River rafting trip.

What To Wear When White Water Rafting

Smoky Mountain Outdoors

White water rafting in Gatlinburg combines the thrills of an amusement park ride with the natural beauty of the Smoky Mountain area. As you plan your visit to Smoky Mountain Outdoors, be sure to pay special attention to what you will wear. Choosing the wrong clothing can put a serious damper on your white water rafting adventure. To help you make the right clothing decisions, we have provided some fashion advice for your next trip down the Pigeon River.
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Abrams Falls in the Great Smoky Mountains.

Go Chasing Waterfalls at Abrams Falls

Smoky Mountains

The Great Smoky Mountains are blessed with a plethora of natural beauty. In addition to diverse wildlife and stunning whitewater rapids, the Smokies are also home to a number of gorgeous waterfalls. With over 200,000 visitors a year, waterfalls in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are some of the of biggest attractions in Gatlinburg. Abrams Falls is one of the best waterfalls in the Smokies. Read More

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What is Whitewater?

Whitewater Rafting Tennessee

Whitewater rafting in the Smokies is a wild and wet adventure. With exhilarating rapids along the Upper and Lower Pigeon River, it is easy to see why whitewater rafting in the Smoky Mountain area is such a popular activity. Have you ever wondered what exactly ‘whitewater’ is?

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wildflowers in the Smoky Mountains

Magnificent Wildflowers in Bloom at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Smoky Mountains

Wildflower in the Great Smoky Mountains National ParkThere are over 1,500 kinds of wildflowers in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This is the greatest collection of wildflowers found in any park in the United States, so much so that sometimes the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is nicknamed “Wildflower National Park.” Though the wildflowers have different seasons and bloom at different times you can be sure to find a flower in bloom at any time of the year. Ephemerals start the year off with a bloom in February through April and then go dormant by May or June. You can see them flower and fruit in late winter and early spring. These wildflowers are in sync with the overstory trees. They flower and fruit when there is plentiful sunlight and a high soil moisture and nutrient content. They start to decay at the beginning of summer. Read More

Parkway in Pigeon Forge on a sunny day

Looking For Hotels In Pigeon Forge? Stay At The Inn On The River!

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The Inn On The River was recently awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2013 for it’s great amenities and wonderful reviews from past travelers. With 128 rooms and mini suites, it is easy to see how The Inn On The River has become one of the most successful hotels in Pigeon Forge. Families, single travelers, couples and large groups can all find a perfect space for sleeping and relaxing at the Inn. The full complimentary deluxe breakfast is offered each morning and always features hot items in addition to favorites such as toast, cereal, and danishes. While many people come to the Great Smoky Mountains to relax, some may need to upload pictures each night and can use the free wi-fi connection in their room of the lobby.

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Whitewater Rafting in Gatlinburg: Which Tour is Best for You?

Whitewater Rafting Tennessee

group of people white water rafting in tennesseeWhen you go whitewater rafting in Gatlinburg, you want to make sure your family has an enjoyable experience. Whether you are looking for big waves or a relaxing tour down the river, Smoky Mountain Outdoors has a whitewater rafting adventure for every family! For those that are interested in creating major splashes, you may choose the Upper Pigeon River tour. For those that want to enjoy the scenic views and calm water, the Lower Pigeon River tour will be the best for you! Read More