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4 Ways to Make the Most of Your Smoky Mountain Whitewater Rafting Trip

March 16, 2018 May 30th, 2020
A family holding their paddles over their heads on a Gatlinburg TN white water rafting adventure.

Whitewater rafting is an experience you don’t want to miss out on, especially in the Smoky Mountains! You’ll be able to see the mountains like you’ve never seen them before during an exciting ride down the Pigeon River. At Smoky Mountain Outdoors, we want everyone who visits to have the time of their life! That’s why we’ve come up with 4 ways to make the most of your Smoky Mountain whitewater rafting trip.

1. Bring a Group

Happy group white water rafting on the Pigeon River.Everything is more fun when you’re surrounded by people you love — especially our rafting trips! Bring all your family and friends to come coast down the river and enjoy breathtaking views of the Smoky Mountains. At Smoky Mountain Outdoors, we welcome groups of all sizes, from youth groups, to corporate retreats, to family reunions! It’s a great way to bond and share an experience that you’ll remember for years to come. We also have professionals who are more than happy to help you plan your group trip!

2. Go for a Hike

When you visit the Smoky Mountains, you’ll want to spend as much time as you can enjoying the beauty and taking in your surroundings. After you go rafting, enjoy a leisurely hike on one of the many trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. When you hike in the spring, you’ll be able to see gorgeous waterfalls, wildflowers and more! It’s a great way to get some fresh air while enjoying incredible mountain views.

3. Zipline at CLIMBworks

A man ziplining in the forest.If you’re up for an even bigger adventure, go ziplining at CLIMBworks in addition to your rafting trip! At Smoky Mountain Outdoors, we’ve partnered with CLIMBworks to offer you the ultimate outdoor Smoky Mountain experience. When you purchase our zipline and rafting package, you’ll receive a rafting ride on the Upper Pigeon River, where you’ll coast over class 3 and 4 rapids for a thrilling trip down the river. In addition, you’ll get to do a scenic canopy tour with CLIMBworks. On the canopy tour, you’ll experience 9 world-class ziplines, 3 sky bridges and a 4-wheel drive adventure. Your feet won’t touch the ground for 2.5 hours! It’ll be an experience you’ll never forget.

4. Camp at Pigeon River Campground

After your Smoky Mountain whitewater rafting trip, you’re never going to want to leave! Extend your stay in the Smokies by spending a night sleeping under the stars at Pigeon River Campground. Camping at Pigeon River Campground gives you the opportunity to take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enjoy a peaceful retreat surrounded by the gorgeous Smoky Mountains. You can camp in an RV, a camping cabin or a tent! There are group tent sites available as well. Spend the evening after your rafting adventure relaxing in front of a fire roasting marshmallows or cooking dinner on an outdoor grill! It’s the perfect ending to your rafting adventure.

When you do all these things while you’re visiting, you’re guaranteed to make the most of your Smoky Mountain whitewater rafting trip! Book your trip with us today and start preparing for an
outdoor adventure you’ll never forget.