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Top 3 Ways to Prepare to Go Rafting in the Smoky Mountains in the Fall

August 22, 2019 March 21st, 2020
rafters at Smoky Mountain Outdoors

If you have never been white water rafting in the Smoky Mountains in the fall, you definitely need to go! Before you go, you’ll want to prepare so you’re ready to get out on the water. Here are the top 3 ways to prepare to go rafting in the Smoky Mountains in the fall:

1. Know What to Wear

person wringing out a white cotton shirt full of waterWhen you go white water rafting in the Smoky Mountains in the fall, you’ll want to dress for the occasion. We recommend staying away from cotton since it doesn’t dry quickly. Sandals or water shoes with straps on the heels are the best kind to wear, and you should wear shoes you don’t mind getting wet and dirty. In the fall, temperatures tend to be cooler, so you will want to wear synthetic long underwear that will dry quickly and cover your body. Covering this much of your body will also keep you warm in the crisp cool autumn air. You’ll also want to bring a towel to dry off after your ride is over, as well as a change of clothes and shoes. For more information on clothes, check out our blog on what you should and shouldn’t wear when you go rafting in the Smoky Mountains in the fall!

2. Make Reservations

To really be prepared for you rafting trip, you should already have your tickets bought and your spot reserved! The easiest way to book your trip beforehand is to book a trip online. You can always call if that’s more comfortable for you. You will want to go ahead and book your trip so you ensure you have a spot for everyone in your party who is going. Only a certain number of people fit on each raft, so you don’t want to get to our outpost to find out not everyone can go. There are many perks to reserving your spot ahead of time!

3. Listen to Your Guide

A rafting guide faces his passengers in his raft.Once you’re at the outpost, you’ll get together with your group and rafting guide. Your guide will go through safety procedures you will need to know before you head out onto the water. Listening to your guide is important because they will offer tips for help not falling out of the boat and tell you how to deal with the water as you go down the river, as well as how to properly row with your paddle.

Plan Your Trip

Now you know how to prepare for your trip to go rafting in the Smoky Mountains in the fall! Keep in mind that the water is unpredictable, so sometimes the river will be calm and other times you’ll experience more rapids. This just makes it even more fun because you never know what to expect. We even have packages where you can go rafting with us and then go ziplining with CLIMB Works.

You will have a blast rafting in the Smoky Mountains with us, especially now that you know how to prepare! Ready to book your trip? Get more information on our fall trips, then reserve your spot on the river!