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4 Reasons You Should Spend Labor Day Weekend Smoky Mountain Rafting

July 31, 2023

If you’re lucky enough to spend Labor Day Weekend in the Smoky Mountains, this is the perfect time to join one of our guided rafting trips! This is an adventure that is fun for the whole family, so celebrate the unofficial end of summer with an action-packed journey down the Pigeon River! Here are the top 4 reasons why you should spend Labor Day Weekend Smoky Mountain rafting:

1. Last Chance of the Season for Consistent Flow Trips

Labor Day Weekend is the last time of the season where you can experience a consistent flow trip on the Pigeon River! The river is dam controlled with scheduled water releases from Memorial Day to Labor Day on every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. When water is released from the dam, it creates the crashing waves and exciting rapids that guests love so much on our trips! While we still offer rafting trips during the spring and fall, these are natural flow trips that depend on local rainfall to maintain the water level.

2. Celebrate the End of Summer with Rafting

guide with Smoky Mountain OutdoorsAnother one of the top reasons why you should spend Labor Day weekend Smoky Mountain rafting is to celebrate the end of summer in style! Whether you have kids heading back to grade school or college, take advantage of this opportunity to spend time as a family doing something fun! If you have children who are at least 3 years old, they can go out on a rafting trip! You can even purchase photos of your adventure at the end of your trip so that you’ll always remember these magical moments in the Smoky Mountains!

3. Pleasant Weather Conditions

Since Labor Day Weekend is in early September, you can still enjoy the warm weather conditions of the summer! Just put on your bathing suit and prepare to get soaked as you navigate through dozens of rapids with your professional guide! If it happens to rain on the scheduled date of your trip, there is no need to worry — rainy days can be one of the best times to be on the Pigeon River and you are already getting wet! Of course, if there is a strong storm, we will delay the trip while we wait for it to pass.

4. Variety Fun Trip Options

upper river rafting tripWe are pleased to offer a variety of fun trip options for Smoky Mountain rafting! Our most popular excursion is the Upper River Rafting Trip, which features a breathtaking 6.5 mile journey through class III and IV rapids! Altogether, you’ll encounter about 70 rapids during this trip! If you’re looking for something a bit more calm, consider the Lower River Rafting Trip which is more of a float trip where water fights and splashing are popular! We also offer a Pigeon River combo package with both the lower and upper portions, as well as an Extreme Upper River Rafting trip!

Check out all of our white water rafting trips on the Pigeon River today to plan your trip and prepare to experience the thrills of Smoky Mountain rafting! We look forward to seeing you soon!