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August 19th, 2022
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Top 5 Reasons Why Smoky Mountain Rafting is the Perfect Activity for a Weekend Getaway

March 17, 2022 August 19th, 2022

If you only have a weekend to experience the magic of the Smokies, make the most of your time with a white water rafting adventure on the Pigeon River! Our rafting trips combine the beauty of the great outdoors with a fun and action packed journey down the river! Here are the top 5 reasons why Smoky Mountain rafting is the perfect activity for a weekend getaway:

1. Saturday Trips All Season Long

We are pleased to offer Saturday trips throughout the white water rafting season, making it easy for folks planning a weekend trip to the Smokies! If you are visiting us during the summer months, there are scheduled white water releases that guarantee plenty of big waves, fun drops and thrilling rapids! In the spring and fall, water levels are dependent upon natural conditions and can be unpredictable. However, this just adds to the excitement level of our excursions!

2. Half Day Time Commitment

people swimming in the riverAnother one of the top reasons why Smoky Mountain rafting is the perfect activity for a weekend getaway is because select trips only require a half day time commitment at the most! Our rafting trips generally last between 1.5 to 2 hours, which varies a bit based on water levels and natural conditions. Since we are the closest white water rafting outfitter to Gatlinburg, you will still have plenty of time to enjoy other activities before or after your trip!

3. Bang for Your Buck

While there are numerous attractions in the Smokies, our white water rafting trips offer the best bang for your buck! Since your time is restricted to the weekend, make the most of it by joining one of our guided rafting excursions! For a truly special deal, consider one of our rafting and ziplining combo packages where you can also experience the thrill of soaring through the air on the ziplines!

4. Fun for Everyone in Your Group

raftWhether you are planning a weekend getaway with your family or a group of friends, Smoky Mountain rafting is fun for everyone in your group! You will be pleasantly surprised to know that kids only have to be at least 3 years old to go on our Lower Pigeon trip, while the minimum age/weight for the Upper Pigeon trip is 8 years old or 70 pounds. Learn more about rafting with kids here! Participants are not even required to know how to swim as each guest is issued a type 5, Coast Guard approved personal flotation device!

5. Convenient for Campers

For those planning to camp during your Smoky Mountains weekend getaway, stay right next door at the Pigeon River Campground! This lovely campground features everything you need to enjoy the great outdoors, including spectacular scenery, recreational facilities and even a swimming pool! As a bonus, you can view all of the white water rafting action taking place on the Pigeon River!

You won’t find a better activity for your weekend plans than rafting with us! Check out all of the information about our Smoky Mountain rafting trips today to plan the perfect weekend getaway! We look forward to showing you a great time on the Pigeon River!