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6 Reasons Everyone Should Go White Water Rafting in Gatlinburg

June 30, 2014 May 31st, 2023

Here at Smoky Mountain Outdoors, we believe that white water rafting in Gatlinburg is an experience everyone should have at least once in their lives. Whether you’ve never been rafting at all or you’ve rafted in another part of the country, a rafting trip on the Pigeon River is a one of a kind adventure. We’ve put together a list of 6 reasons you and your family should join us for a white water rafting trip:

(See Related: TripAdvisor Names Smoky Mountain Outdoors #1 Destination for Gatlinburg White Water Rafting)

1. White water rafting is like a natural rollercoaster.

If you love the thrill of amusement park rides, you will love white water rafting! Our Upper Pigeon River rafting trip takes guests through 6 and ½ miles of class 3 and 4 rapids. This awesome journey features excellent waves, drops, and surf; so there is never a dull moment during your adventure. Guests looking for a more mild ride, will love our Lower Pigeon River trip, which contains mostly class 1 and 2 rapids.

2. You’ll see beautiful scenery.

The Great Smoky Mountains are one of the most scenic areas in the world. As part of your rafting trip down the Pigeon River, you’ll see endless trees and some of the area’s most iconic wildlife. Guests will also see the historic Carolina Power and Light powerhouse, also known as the Put-in.

3. Rafting is great exercise.

If you’re looking for a real workout during your vacation, white water rafting is just the thing! During your trip you’ll do consistent paddling that will build your arm strength and help you burn lots of calories. Want to know the best part? Rafting is such an all consuming experience, you won’t even notice you’re exercising!

4. White water rafting is the ultimate bonding experience.White water rafting as a group

Nothing brings a group closer together than a white water rafting trip. The sense of adventure and camaraderie you experience as you paddle in unison and feel the water splashing on your face is simply incomparable. We have seen bickering siblings transform into the best of friends over the course of a ride down the Pigeon River!

5. Rafting is the perfect way to get away from it all.

Vacations are the time to leave your laptop and cellphone behind and focus on relaxation and fun. There’s no better way to disconnect from technology than a rafting trip. With your family at your side and the sun in the sky, the stressors of everyday life couldn’t be farther away. For more tips on this theme, check out our blog Unplug and Disconnect for the Perfect Smoky Mountain Vacation.

6. You will create incredible memories.

White water rafting in Gatlinburg is truly an unforgettable experience. Long after you’ve finished your vacation and gone home, you will remember your adventure on the Pigeon River. Whether it was the rush of rafting the Upper Pigeon or the breathtaking scenery of the Lower Pigeon, the details of your rafting trip will always be etched in your mind. To see what former guests are saying about their time with us, visit the Smoky Mountain Outdoors TripAdvisor page.

To book your white water rafting tour at Smoky Mountain Outdoors, visit our Reservations page or give us a call at 865-430-3838.