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4 Reasons Smoky Mountain Rafting Is the Perfect Activity for First-Time Visitors

July 28, 2022

If you have never been to the Smokies before, you may not know what to expect. One of the main draws to the area is the amazing natural scenery, so you will want to spend as much time outside as possible. White water rafting is the perfect outdoor activity for your entire family because it offers stunning scenery and an exciting adventure. Here are 4 reasons Smoky Mountain rafting is the perfect activity for first-time visitors:

1. Unique Outdoor Activity

As you begin planning your first trip to the mountains, it is important to find activities that you can’t experience anywhere else. Instead of spending the day riding go karts or playing mini golf, head out on the Pigeon River for a once in a lifetime thrill ride. While you work your way through the rapids, you will be surrounded by the stunning scenery of the Smokies. You will learn about all different types of wildflowers that grow along the banks of the water and you may even get the chance to see some critters coming down to the river to get a drink!

2. Fun for the Entire Family

family rafting with SMOIf you are planning a family vacation, you will want to find attractions that everyone can enjoy together! Luckily, we offer white water rafting trips for all ages and skill levels. If you have small children in your group, you will love the Lower River Rafting trip that is suitable for all guests ages 3 and up. In total, this rafting adventure lasts between 1 and 1.5 hours and takes you 5 ½ miles through the scenic Pigeon River Gorge. For those rafters looking for a more thrilling ride, the Upper River Rafting trip carries you down class 3 and 4 rapids and features big waves, big drops, and plenty of fun!

3. Great for Groups

The Smoky Mountains is the perfect place to enjoy a group vacation with your family and friends. Everyone in your crew will have a blast taking on the rapids while rafting with us! Our rafts are designed to fit up to 6 guests, plus your guide who will be with you every step of the way to help navigate the water. If you have ten or more people in your party, you will also qualify for our amazing group rafting specials. This is a great deal for all groups, including family reunions, youth trips, and corporate retreats!

4. Affordable Prices

upper river rafting trip smoky mountainsOn your first ever trip to the Smokies, you are going to want to see and do as much as possible. Unfortunately, some of the attractions in the area come with heavy price tags. However, Smoky Mountain rafting is an affordable option for a day of family fun. We offer amazing rafting coupons that can help you save some money during your vacation! Be sure to also check out our amazing package deals that allow you to experience both white water rafting and ziplining during your trip! This is the best value in the Smokies if you want to enjoy the great outdoors.

Browse through all our Smoky Mountain rafting trips to find the one that is perfect for your family and friends! We look forward to seeing you out on the Pigeon River!