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Top 7 Things to Never do in a Raft

November 12, 2013

Planning on white water rafting in Tennessee? Before you paddle away on the Pigeon River, check out our list of the top seven things to never do in a raft. It could save you a lot of embarrassment. Trust me.  Read More

An extreme rafting trip with Smoky Mountain Outdoors.

What To Do If Your Raft Flips Over

November 6, 2013

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

October 1, 2013

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

Male and female elk in the Great Smoky Mountains.

See History and Wildlife in Cataloochee Valley

October 1, 2013

The Smoky Mountains region is one of the most beautiful and celebrated areas in the world. In addition to the excellent white water rafting in Gatlinburg TN, Sevier County is home to the world-famous Great Smoky Mountains National Park. One of the highlights of the national park is Cataloochee Valley, a stunning plain with a fascinating history and diverse wildlife.

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The Best Reuben Sandwich In Gatlinburg

September 18, 2013

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

September 11, 2013

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

September 7, 2013

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

rafters at Smoky Mountain Outdoors

What is Whitewater?

September 7, 2013

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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How Difficult Is Whitewater Rafting In The Smoky Mountains?

August 21, 2013

Gatlinburg white water rafting

Many vacationers are eager to try whitewater rafting in the Smoky Mountains. However, rafting can be a rough sport, and visitors should match their skills to the features of the rapids to ensure that they enjoy their experience safely. A few tips will help rafters find the right level for their ability. Read More

wildflowers in the Smoky Mountains

Magnificent Wildflowers in Bloom at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

August 20, 2013

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!

August 19, 2013

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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