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3 Ways to Experience Great Smoky Mountain White Water Rafting

August 29, 2016 July 22nd, 2021
A group of people Great Smoky Mountain white water rafting.

Summer is in full swing, and there’s no better way to enjoy nature and cool down from the sizzling heat than by riding the rapids! If you’ve been searching for the perfect way to experience Great Smoky Mountain white water rafting, check out our list of the 3 best ways to have fun in the river!

1. Raft with a Group

raftingThe classic way to enjoy a day of Great Smoky Mountain white water rafting is by hopping in a raft with your family or friends and letting a tour guide lead the way. Whether you’re a rafting expert or you’ve never rafted before, we’ve got a tour that everyone can enjoy!

For the adrenaline lovers out there, both experienced and beginners, you’ll go crazy for the Upper Pigeon River rafting experience. This is a fast paced 6.5 mile trip that will have you splashing through swift rapids, maneuvering around river rocks and riding down the biggest waves that the river has to offer! For our most experienced rafters, you’ll love the Upper Pigeon River Extreme! Being a good swimmer is necessary to enjoy this thrill ride through the rapids.

For those of you looking for a more laid back experience, you’ll have a fun and relaxing time on our Lower Pigeon River tour. Kids especially love this 5.5 mile ride because it’s exciting but not overwhelming. We also don’t let rain stop us from having fun on the river, so we guarantee a good time even if it starts to drizzle!

2. Extreme Upper River Rafting

Instead of rafting with a big group, bring a smaller group and take on the Extreme Upper River Rafting. On the experience, you will be in a smaller raft containing a maximum of three rafters and a guide. The smaller raft allows for you to move quicker through the bigger rapids on the upper Pigeon River. You will hit the biggest waves head-on while surfing along the water through the fastest currents available. Depending on how fast the water is moving, this trip will take between an hour and a half and two hours to complete. Everyone in your party must be at least 12 years old and have the ability to swim. Don’t be afraid to take on the rapids in a smaller raft for a bigger thrill!

3. Hike and Paddle Combo Tour

For the best way to view the beautiful scenery around you, we recommend our hike and paddle combo tour. Your guide will show you some of the most beautiful trails in the Smokies, and you’ll make stops at swimming holes, rushing creeks and even a beautiful, enchanting forest. Both kids and adults will have a wonderful time on this 2 hour hike.

A beautiful waterfall in the Great Smoky Mountains.After the hike through the mountains, you’ll enjoy a delicious lunch back at the riverside, followed by a guided trip down the river. Plan to spend a whole day having a blast on this hike and paddle combo tour!

When packing for your Great Smoky Mountain white water rafting tour, don’t forget your swimsuit, sports sandals with a heel strap and a dry change of clothes!