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3 Reasons People Love Smoky Mountain White Water Rafting

August 8, 2018 September 22nd, 2020
Family on a whitewater rafting adventure

It is no surprise that people love white water rafting in the Smoky Mountains! At Smoky Mountain Outdoors, we work hard to make sure all our visitors have an amazing experience on the Pigeon River. From having a great time to our fantastic guides, we want you to hear from guests themselves what they love about rafting with us! We’ve put together some of our top TripAdvisor reviews that tell you the 3 reasons people love Smoky Mountain white water rafting:

1. Fun for Everyone

A family holding their paddles over their heads on a Gatlinburg TN white water rafting adventure.The first reason guests gave for having an amazing time is that it was a fun activity for everyone, even kids! Whether it’s your first time rafting and you’re a little nervous or you consider yourself an expert on the river, you will have an amazing time. Here are some of the top reviews about how fun our rafting trips are:

“Our families with teenagers had a ball. We had a couple that were a little nervous about it, but the guides were great to help them overcome their fears and enjoy a great ride down the rapids. A 2 hour trip seemed like 30 minutes. It was a great experience. Don’t leave the Smokies without planning a trip with SMO!!” – Matt W.

“This was our first white water rafting trip and I hope won’t be the last! We booked online and saved $12 each. That’s definitely the way to do it! We did the Upper River and it was a blast! Enough rapids to be thrilling but not so much that I ever felt in danger. This was an A+ experience from beginning to end!” – Sarah

“If you are looking for an adventure, this place is for you!! Fun for all ages and no experience is needed. Our guide Chris was amazing!! He kept it fun, entertaining, and was very informative during the 2hr trip. We honestly considered booking again for the next day because the kids loved it so much!! We will most certainly be back and are sharing with friends and family who are traveling here this year to make sure they book a trip with Smoky Mountain Outdoors!” -Tim

2. Fantastic Guides

A rafting guide with a big group having fun Upper Pigeon River rafting.In almost all of our reviews, people mentioned how fantastic our guides are! We have a professional guide accompany you on your rafting trip to guarantee your safety and that you have a great experience. Here is what people had to say about our rafting guides:

“We did the lower level rafting trip due to my daughter being only 7 yo. We all had an absolute blast thanks to our guide Rev. Dean! He was funny, energetic, great with the kids and very knowledgeable. We will definitely return next year when we come back.” -Bailey

“We had an absolute blast white water rafting! Our guide, CJ, was awesome! He knew the river, the rapids, and some pretty spectacular jokes! We felt completely safe taking our kids, 13 and 11, and they loved every minute of this trip. They even got to get out and swim a little, which they thought was amazing. Every staff member that we encountered was friendly and answered all of our questions.” – Nichole

“They were so accommodating! We arrived late, but they took us as soon as we arrived. We had the best guide. His name was Brother Nature, aka Paul. He made the trip so entertaining and fun! Our whole family enjoyed the experience. It was one of our favorite activities of our trip to TN.” -Brad

3. Thrilling Experience

Group having fun during a Gatlinburg white water rafting trip.Another reason people love Smoky Mountain white water rafting is because of the thrilling experience it provides! When you raft on the Upper River, you’ll get to hit several class 3 and 4 rapids that make your adventure even more exciting. Here is what our visitors had to say about their experiences:

“Had an amazing day! Ben was our guide — he was great fun, the adventure was exciting and thrilling with the feeling you were in safe hands. Absolutely loved it!” -Rachel

“We went on the upper river excursion and it was just exciting enough! Not too rough, but not real mellow. We had a great guide!! Highly recommended!!” Tamara T.

“Super fun and super rush!! That’s what we were looking for. My wife and I went to Tennessee for the outdoors and to have new experiences. The guys from SMO provide us with memories that will last forever.” Chad

Now that you know why everyone else loves rafting on the Pigeon River with us, it’s time to find out for yourself what makes it so great! Book your Smoky Mountain white water rafting trip today and get ready for a fun adventure.