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Top 4 Reasons to Experience Our Rafting Trips During Your Vacation in Gatlinburg

January 8, 2023

If you are looking for a fun and adventurous way to enjoy the Smokies during your Gatlinburg vacation, check out the white water rafting trips at Smoky Mountain Outdoors! We have been providing safe and thrilling rafting excursions in Tennessee since 1993, so this is your chance to find out what the excitement is all about! Here are the top 4 reasons to experience our rafting trips during your vacation in Gatlinburg:

1. Scenic Outdoor Adventure

group rafting with Smoky Mountain OutdoorsThe best way to enjoy the great outdoors during your vacation in Gatlinburg is on a white water excursion with Smoky Mountain Outdoors! Our trips combine breathtaking scenery with white water rafting thrills to create an unforgettable experience in the Smokies! Each of our rafting trips take place on the Pigeon River, and during rafting season, you can choose from a wild ride on the upper portion of the river or a more relaxing journey along the lower portion of the river. If you are searching for some extreme thrills, you can sign up for our Extreme Upper River Rafting Trip, which features a smaller boat adventure surfing all our favorite waves! If you want to plan your rafting trip in March or April, you can enjoy one of our Natural Flow trips.

2. Close to Downtown Gatlinburg

The rafting outpost for Smoky Mountain Outdoors is conveniently located in Hartford, TN, which is just a short drive for folks on vacation in Gatlinburg! Whether you are staying in a Gatlinburg hotel, cabin or condo unit, you are only minutes from the most action-packed attraction in the Great Smoky Mountains! You will also be happy to know that the ticket office for Smoky Mountain Outdoors is located just off Highway 321 in Gatlinburg at 103 Silverbell Lane. You can buy your tickets at this location or purchase your white water rafting tickets online.

3. Fun for All Ages

family rafting together on the Pigeon River during their Gatlinburg vacationOne of the common misconceptions about our white water rafting trips is that they are only for adults. However, the white water rafting excursions at Smoky Mountain Outdoors are perfect for anyone ages 3 and older. This means that your entire family can experience the excitement of rafting together! If you have children at least 3 years old, they can go on our Lower Pigeon River Trip, which is one of the best things to do in the Smokies for little kids! Your children will love splashing around and gently floating down the river! Since our Upper Pigeon River Trip features larger rapids and drops, the minimum age and weight requirement for this trip is 8 years old or 70 pounds.

4. Perfect Rainy Day Activity

If rainy weather has spoiled your plans for a hike or other outdoor activities in Gatlinburg, use this as an opportunity to go white water rafting with us! You never have to worry about bad weather ruining your day. Besides, getting wet is part of the fun and the rain just adds to the atmosphere! While we may delay trips for a few minutes due to strong thunderstorms or other major weather events, it is generally business as usual in the rain!

Check out all of the information about our white water rafting trips today to plan a rafting adventure during your vacation in Gatlinburg. For a limited time, if you book your trip early you’ll save 30%! We look forward to seeing you at Smoky Mountain Outdoors.