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New Thrills at Smoky Mountain Outdoors: Extreme White Water Rafting Near Gatlinburg TN

July 2, 2015 May 29th, 2020
A small group enjoying Extreme white water rafting near Gatlinburg TN.

Want to add some thrills to your vacation in the Gatlinburg, Tennessee area? Smoky Mountain Outdoors is pleased to announce the introduction of our new Extreme rafting trips! Designed for guests looking for a more challenging rafting experience, these trips offer plenty of adrenaline-fueled fun. Read on for everything you need to know about Extreme white water rafting near Gatlinburg TN:

What is Extreme white water rafting?

In order to make your rafting experience more exciting, you will be floating on smaller rafts that hold a maximum of three people and a guide. Surfing big waves in these compact rafts is a truly exhilarating experience! Our Extreme trips are for guests who have gone rafting before, and the ability to swim is a must. Nevertheless, the journey is completely safe, as you will be accompanied by one of our experienced guides throughout your adventure.

Where do the Extreme trips take place?Extreme white water rafting near Gatlinburg TN.

Smoky Mountain Outdoors’ Extreme rafting trips take place on the upper portion of the famous Pigeon River, the third most visited white water rafting destination in the country. The Pigeon River is so popular because its dam controlled releases make it easy to plan trips, and the river is surrounded by the natural beauty of the Gatlinburg area. The Upper River, in particular, offers class 3 and 4 rapids, larger waves, and obstacles to maneuver around. When you conquer the river in one of our smaller rafts, your experience is especially intimate and thrilling!

Why should you take an Extreme rafting trip?

The Great Smoky Mountains is one of the most beautiful regions in the country. Extreme white water rafting near Gatlinburg TN is an exhilarating yet safe way to experience nature up close. It’s also a great bonding experience for families or a group of friends. If you’ve been rafting before, you will find that Extreme rafting is even more fun and challenging than anything else you’ve tried. If you feel like you’re group isn’t quite ready for Extreme rafting, don’t worry! We offer a great variety of less intense rafting trips on the Pigeon River.

Group having fun while Extreme white water rafting near Gatlinburg TN.How do you arrange an Extreme rafting trip?

Smoky Mountain Outdoors offers Upper Pigeon River Extreme Rafting from May 23 through September 6. Our rafting trips are seasonal due to the way the Pigeon River flows. We are located 45 minutes from Gatlinburg, close to many places to stay in the region. The following are a few tips to keep in mind before your rafting adventure:

  • All participants must be at least 12 years old.
  • Wear shorts, a bathing suit or t-shirt, no jeans, and secure fitting shoes. No bare feet or flip flops.You should also bring a change of clothes and a towel.
  • You will be given a safety talk and all essential gear at the outpost. Make sure you pay close attention to ensure a safe and enjoyable rafting experience.
  • An Upper Pigeon rafting trip lasts from between 1 and ½  to 2 hours.

Book your day of Extreme white water rafting near Gatlinburg TN by visiting our Reservations page!