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Ripley’s Fright Nights

Whitewater Rafting Tennessee

If you find yourself rafting in the Smokies in October, you can take a break from the water and check out Ripley’s Fright Nights. Ripley’s Haunted Adventure is celebrating its 14th annual Fright Nights show this year with Voodoo 13. You will be able to catch shows with a voodoo theme on each of the 13 special event evenings. Read More


The History of Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg, Whitewater Rafting Tennessee

Attractions in Gatlinburg, Tennessee have so much family appeal.
With the Smoky Mountains serving as its backdrop, it offers breathtaking scenery from every vantage point. Because it has so many visitors, Gatlinburg numbered its main intersections. Visitors marvel at this oddity as well as appreciate the assistance it lends in getting around town. Read More

rafting trip in the Smoky Mountains with SMO

Gatlinburg River Raft Regatta

Gatlinburg Events

The annual River Raft Regatta is one of the most highly anticipated Gatlinburg events held each year. This race begins at the River Terrace Bridge across the Little Pigeon River and ends downtown at the Gatlinburg Aquarium. This race allows the true character and imagination of local residents really shine through, as nearly any floatable raft can be entered in this race. Read More

downtown Gatlinburg during Christmas

Gatlinburg Fireworks Celebration

Gatlinburg Events

The streets of downtown Gatlinburg, Tennessee will ignite with vibrant colors at the “Stand Here” Fireworks Finale at 10pm on the 4th of July. Gatlinburg has been home to the nation’s first 4th of July parade every year for the past 37 years. This spectacular event kicks off the annual Independence Day celebration that ends with an enormous fireworks display. Read More

spring mountains

Smoky Mountain Springfest


“Like a mountain in springtime.” Singer John Denver had it right. The Smoky Mountains, in particular, are beautiful in bloom. The online site GORP, Great Outdoor Recreation Pages, named Great Smoky Mountains National Park one of its Top 10 Parks for Spring because of its 1,500 flowering plants, most of them at their loveliest. Read More

Planning Your First White Water Rafting Trip

Whitewater Rafting Tennessee

Your first whitewater rafting trip is an exciting and slightly scary experience. There are ways that you can ensure that your trip goes smoothly so that you can simply enjoy the beauty, scenery and adventure of a white water rafting excursion. Whitewater rafting is a popular activity in many mountainous regions of the world. Expect a fast-paced and slightly bumpy ride that will get your adrenaline pumping.

It is important to research in advance good companies that will guide you on your trip. A good company will have all of the legal certifications and forms needed in the state where they reside. They will also have experienced guides, new equipment and good reviews from travelers who have used them in the past. Finding a reliable and resourceful company to take you on your first trip is crucial to its success. If you are unsure of how to go about this, ask locals in the town where you plan to whitewater raft. Local residents will be able to point you in the direction of a quality whitewater rafting company.

The next step is to make sure that you have the right gear for the trip. This requires speaking to the white water rafting company, but usually involves a specific type of water shoes, clothes that you can get wet, and possibly a back-pack full of other types of gear. If you are planning a camping trip you will likely need a compact tent and sleeping bags. Find out if you need to provide your own food or if the white water rafting company provides it for you. Being prepared by having the right gear will make your adventure much more fun and easier. Once you have everything in place you can simply relax, have fun and enjoy the ride.

Whitewater Rafting Safety Tips

Whitewater Rafting Tennessee

When whitewater rafting, it is important that you follow all safety measures to ensure you make it through your trip without any issues. As is the case with any extreme sports, there are many dangers that accompany whitewater rafting. However, if you follow these safety tips, you should have no problem arriving safely at the end of the rapids. Read More