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Smoky Mountain Whitewater Rafting On A River Regulated By Dam Releases

March 20, 2013

Smoky Mountain Whitewater RaftingPigeon Forge Tennessee is the ideal location for a Smoky Mountain family vacation. This area has so much to offer tourists, everything to make your trip an unforgettable experience. Families can choose among hotels, condos, or private cabins for lodging. During the day you can stroll through the unique shops selling locally crafted items. Then you can enjoy a meal of wonderful down home southern cooking served in the numerous restaurants, pancake houses, or dinner shows, but what truly sets Pigeon Forge apart from other tourist spots is the amount of adventures being offered.

Smoky Mountain Whitewater Rafting is the perfect Smoky Mountain adventure for families. Those as young as three can participate, due to the several different levels of rafting offered. On the Pigeon River Class I, II, III, and IV are available. This is a pretty unique opportunity, and it’s only possible due to the fact that the river current is regulated by Walters Dam. Located on the Tennessee and North Carolina border, it is visible from I-40 east. The river has a steady flow that increases as the dam releases water. One can actually see the calm river slowly turn into the ideal white water raging river. Because releases are scheduled, you can book rafting experiences accordingly.

The Upper Pigeon River is where you’ll find the thrilling Class IV rafting, complete with churning waters guaranteed to get your adrenaline going. This is the most exciting white water rafting available in the Smoky Mountains.

Not all of us are thrill seekers, but we still want to have an amazing adventure on the river. That is why excursions are offered to those without experience in the Lower River. Here the waters are a little calmer, but still give you that rush you’re looking for. Rafting guides are certified and will do everything possible to ensure your trip is safe. This makes it a great opportunity for children to get a taste of rafting. No experience is required, you don’t have to know how to raft or even swim.

No matter what your skill level is, there is sure to be a Pigeon River rafting experience tailor made for you. These family adventures are something you’ll talk about long after your back home. What a thrilling way to experience the Smoky Mountains.