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4 Reasons to Go Smoky Mountain Whitewater Rafting in the Rain

April 2, 2018 March 23rd, 2020
Laughing young girl on whitewater raft

The rain can’t ruin your plans of going whitewater rafting in the Smoky Mountains! The truth is, rafting can be even more fun in the rain than on a sunny day. Don’t let the rain interfere with having a good time on your vacation. Instead, use the rainy day as an opportunity to go whitewater rafting with Smoky Mountain Outdoors! Here are 4 reasons we know you’re going to love whitewater rafting in the rain:

1. Great River Conditions

Laughing family enjoying a whitewater rafting trip with Smoky Mountain OutdoorsThe river conditions can actually make for an even more fun rafting trip when it’s raining! Rafting on the Pigeon River is great any day you go, but rainwater helps the recreational water levels of the trips. The best part about the river conditions is that nature is in control, so you’re in for a unique rafting experience! You can take a 6.5-mile trip on the Upper Pigeon River or 5.5-mile ride on the Lower Pigeon River, and the rain will make whichever option you choose special.

2. Runs During the Rain

You don’t have to worry about your rafting adventure getting canceled because of the weather because we’re open even if it’s raining. For safety reasons, we may delay trips for a few minutes as we wait for a storm to pass, but we don’t let a few raindrops stop us from having fun on the river! While the rain might interfere with your other plans on vacation, you can take comfort in knowing it won’t interfere with your whitewater rafting adventure.

3. Going to Get Wet Anyway

The best part about whitewater rafting in the rain is that you’re going to get wet anyway, and it’s all part of the fun! Since you’ve already planned on getting wet from the river, a little rain isn’t going to bother you. It’s hard to enjoy other activities during the rain like outdoor shopping and walking around downtown Gatlinburg because you’re trying to stay dry, but that’s not the case with whitewater rafting. As the raindrops mix with the splashes from the river, the smile won’t leave your face! Just make sure you bring some dry clothes, dry shoes and a towel to dry off with for after your trip.

4. Completely Safe

A rafting guide faces his passengers in his raft.Because of our experienced guides who accompany our guests on every trip, rafting with Smoky Mountain Outdoors is completely safe no matter what the weather is! Your only focus will be on having fun, and we’ll take care of the rest. To make it even more safe, we have all our guests listen to a 20-minute safety talk from one of our professional guides, and you will have the opportunity to ask questions and address any concerns you might have. There is even a waterproof first-aid kit on each raft in case of emergencies, though it’s unlikely you’ll have to use it.

Going Smoky Mountain whitewater rafting in the rain makes the adventure even more exciting than usual! Browse all of our whitewater rafting trips to learn more and get ready for some fun on the river.