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Why White Water River Rafting is a Can’t-Miss Part of Any Smoky Mountain Vacation

May 31, 2016 March 17th, 2020
A happy group of friends white water river rafting on their Smoky Mountain vacation.

Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains are so jam packed with awesome attractions and fun things to do that it can be hard to know where to start. According to TripAdvisor, rafting with Smoky Mountain Outdoors is the #1 thing to do in Hartford, TN, and we can’t disagree with them! Read on to learn what makes white water river rafting an essential part of any Smoky Mountain vacation.

See the Area’s Natural Beauty Up Close

The Great Smoky Mountains offer some of the most breathtaking scenery in the United States. When you take a rafting trip with Smoky Mountain Outdoors, you will be right in the middle of the area’s majestic beauty. All of our adventures take place along the gorgeous Pigeon River, which is the third most rafted river in the entire country. During your trip, you will see spectacular panoramas, colorful plant life, and maybe even some local critters!

No Prior Experience is NecessaryA happy family waving to the camera on their white water river rafting trip with Smoky Mountain Outdoors.

Unlike other outdoor activities in the area, white water river rafting with Smoky Mountain Outdoors requires absolutely no previous experience. Our awesome guides will steer the raft and tell you exactly when to paddle, so all you have to do is show up and have fun! Guests don’t even need to know how to swim, because everyone gets a Coast Guard approved life jacket for the trip.

Just because Smoky Mountain Outdoors is beginner friendly, this doesn’t mean rafting veterans won’t have a blast too! Seasoned rafters will have a great time on our Upper Pigeon River rafting trips, which offer plenty of class 3 and 4 rapids. If you’re looking for an even more thrilling trip, rafters with a bit of experience can take advantage of our Upper Pigeon River Extreme trips. These adventures use a smaller boat, so you really feel each wave and drop. Trust us, it’s one wild ride!

Great for the Whole Family

Rafting is an unforgettable experience that you can share with the entire family. Kids as young as 3 years old can enjoy our Lower Pigeon River rafting trip, which is a nice scenic float with mostly class 1 and class 2 rapids. If your kids are 8 years old or at least 70 pounds, they can come with you on an exhilarating Upper Pigeon River adventure. No matter which trip you take, rafting is guaranteed to be the most memorable part of your Smoky Mountain vacation.

A family preparing to go ziplining.Excellent Combo Packages

Smoky Mountain Outdoors makes it easy to combine your rafting adventure with one of the other wonderful attractions in the area. With our Zip + Raft combo package, you can conquer the Pigeon River and fly through the air at the CLIMBWorks zipline course. We also offer a number of discount Smoky Mountain attraction packages, so you can go rafting and visit Dixie Stampede, Dollywood, Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, or another wonderful attraction for one low price.  

If you have any questions about white water river rafting with Smoky Mountain Outdoors, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We can’t wait to see you on your Smoky Mountain vacation!