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May 31st, 2023
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Upper River Rafting Trip in the Smoky Mountains Named a Top 10 Experience in U.S.

June 28, 2019 May 31st, 2023

We have great news! We’re excited to announce that our Upper River Rafting Trip has been named a top 10 experience in the United States! TripAdvisor recently released its list of top travel experiences for the 2019 Travelers’ Choice Awards, and Smoky Mountain Outdoors came in spot number 9 on the list. Read on to learn more about our honor and our Upper River Rafting Trip in the Smoky Mountains.

TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards

A TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award is the highest honor the company can give. The award is given to the best tourism establishments in terms of service, quality, customer satisfaction and more, across a range of categories. We are honored to have made the top 10 list for our Upper River Rafting Trip in the Smoky Mountains! Coming in spot number 9, we were in front of the Downtown West Palm Beach Food Tour and were joined on the list by popular experiences like the Chicago Architecture River Cruise. You can see the full list of winners on TripAdvisor’s website.

About Our Upper River Rafting Trip in the Smoky Mountains

Excited group of people on a rafting tripWe’ve always known our Upper River Rafting Trip was a top travel experience, and now everyone else does too! For 6.5 miles, you’ll raft down the Pigeon River on class 3 and 4 rapids, hitting big waves, big drops, and enjoying plenty of surfing. Not only is this our most popular trip, but it’s 1.5 miles longer than any other trip on the Pigeon River! That means when you choose to raft with us, you’ll get to spend more time on the river than ever before. This rafting trip in the Smoky Mountains includes about 70 rapids ranging from class 1 to class 4 and is perfect for both kids and adults!

TripAdvisor Reviews

Since TripAdvisor named our rafting trip as one of the top experiences in the country, it’s only fair we share some of our amazing TripAdvisor reviews with you! Take a look at what people who’ve been rafting with us have to say:

“We did the upper trip and had a great time! Our guide, “The Rev” Dean, was very patient and helpful with my young children. He offered plenty of history of the area, had a great knowledge of the river and was able to hit waves just right so that the kids got wet but didn’t fall out of the boat. We had a fantastic time, the scenery is beautiful and definitely will be back!” – via TripAdvisor

Smiling family on rafting trip“We have two boys, 9 and 5, and they both loved rafting on the lower Pigeon River!!! Our guide Nila made the trip fun and safe. It was a great first rafting experience for all of us!!!! We are already talking about coming back next year!!!! Very impressed with the entire company!!!” – via TripAdvisor

“I booked an Upper Pigeon rafting trip for 6 of us ranging in age from 12-48. This was a first time for all of the 4 kids. Austin was an incredible instructor and we had the best time. He was so knowledgeable, funny and entertaining. We felt safe and enjoyed every minute. My only complaint was we didn’t want it to end.” – via TripAdvisor

“We had an absolute blast white water rafting for the first time! Our guide, Nathan, was knowledgeable and super friendly. We had a very large group, and they were very accommodating. Would definitely recommend this company!” – via TripAdvisor

About Smoky Mountain Outdoors

A group of people river rafting in the Smokies.At Smoky Mountain Outdoors, we provide unforgettable experiences on the Pigeon River! Whether you’re enjoying an exciting trip on the Upper River or a more scenic float on the Lower River, you’re guaranteed to have a great time. We’ve been setting the bar high for white water rafting in the Smoky Mountains since 1993! Each of our rafting trips include a guide who will make your experience safe and fun. We’re located in the heart of the Smoky Mountains, just a short drive from Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, so no matter where you stay you’ll be close by! In addition to white water rafting, we have teamed up with CLIMB Works to offer a special ziplining and rafting combo package you won’t want to miss out on. You’re in for plenty of outdoor adventure when you visit us.

Don’t miss your chance to enjoy one of the top travel experiences in the country! Learn more about our Upper River Rafting Trip in the Smoky Mountains and then book your trip.