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Top 4 Ways to Prepare for Rafting in the Smoky Mountains This Fall

September 14, 2022

Autumn in the Smokies not only means gorgeous weather and breathtaking fall foliage, but it’s the final call for white water rafting of the season! This is actually one of the most exciting times of the year to join us on the Pigeon River, as the water levels are dependent upon the natural conditions! Since the water level is variable and unpredictable, you may experience everything from a leisurely trip down the river to the wildest rapids of the season! Here are the top 4 ways to prepare for rafting in the Smoky Mountains this fall:

1. Gear Up in the Proper Clothing

Since fall welcomes cooler weather to the Smoky Mountains, you’ll want to make sure you have the right clothing for your rafting trip! It’s best to wear materials made of quick-dry fabrics to keep yourself as dry as possible as you’ll be splashing through plenty of rapids! Try to avoid anything cotton as this particular material holds water the longest and will make you the coldest while on the river. As far as footwear, we ask that you wear secure shoes with a heel strap so that they stay on the entire time. Also, keep in mind that wool or fleece socks will help keep your feet warm!

2. Make Rafting Reservations to Avoid Disappointment

guide with Smoky Mountain OutdoorsAnother way to prepare for rafting in the Smoky Mountains this fall is to make your rafting trip reservations as soon as possible! Since the Smokies are a popular destination in the fall, you won’t want to miss out on one of our last rafting trips of the year! The Upper River Rafting trip is available through mid-October and offers the perfect way to experience the beauty of the great outdoors! Keep in mind that all of our trips are fully guided and no experience is necessary, so don’t hesitate to book your trip today!

3. Take Advantage of Discount Coupons

Our white water rafting trips offer an incredible bang for your buck, making them an amazing value for your Smoky Mountain vacation! You can save a significant amount on your excursion simply by taking advantage of our white water rafting coupons, which are applied automatically when making your online reservation! We also offer several money-saving packages that combine our rafting adventure with some of the other fabulous attractions throughout the Smokies!

4. Find a Fun Place to Stay

campfire in the Smoky MountainsYou’ll want to stay close to the action this fall, so consider a relaxing stay at Pigeon River Campground right next door! This lovely campground offers plenty of sites for tents, as well as RV campsites and camping cabins! The crisp weather of the fall season offers the perfect opportunity to picnic outdoors and light up an evening campfire! The campground also features recreational equipment, a convenient general store, and even wireless Internet access!

Now that you know how to prepare for rafting in the Smoky Mountains this fall, check out our Upper River Rafting Trip today to plan your autumn adventure! We look forward to seeing you soon out on the river!