Upper River Rafting

Smoky Mountain Rafting on the Upper Pigeon River is One Wild Ride!

Take an exciting 6.5 mile raft trip down class 3 and 4 rapids through the heart of the Smoky Mountains May through Labor Day.

Our certified guides will navigate your raft the entire trip, sharing their love of splashing through big waves, maneuvering around rocks, and enjoying the beauty of being in the great outdoors. Big waves, big drops and plenty of surfing will assure that you have the time of your life.

On your trip, you’ll get to run about 70 rapids ranging from class 1 to class 4. Trips Go Rain or Shine! But, never fear, the Big Pigeon River is for the inexperienced and experienced paddlers. Don’t worry Mom, we’re gonna take good care of you and the kids.

Group of happy adventurers on a Smoky Mountain Outdoors rafting trip on the Pigeon River

Who can go on this trip?

All rafters must be at least 8 years of age or weigh at least 70 pounds.

How long will I spend on the river?

You’ll spend 1.5-2 hours on the river (approximately).

Do I have to make a reservation?

Reservations are strongly recommended!

More Things You Should Know

Trip Format

  • Arrive at outpost 45 minutes prior to trip time
  • Gear up and safety talk at the outpost
  • 10-minute bus ride to the start point
  • Up to 7 people + the guide per raft
  • Raft down the Upper Pigeon (1.5-2 hours on the river)
  • Trip ends back at the outpost

Trip Times/Water Releases

  • April 1 – May 25: Non-guaranteed water releases. Water levels vary. Trip times and dates vary.
  • May 26 – September 2: Guaranteed water releases Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday. Sunday, May 27 and Sunday, July 8.
  • September 4 – October 15: Natural flow trips. Trips vary based on water levels.

Any day on the river is a good day! That said, natural conditions may affect recreational water levels. On certain days, river levels may be subject to natural flow rather than dam release. This affects all operators on the Pigeon River. On these days, customers per raft and other adjustments may be made to provide the best overall experience.

What to Bring

Summer: Swimsuits and shorts work best. Secure shoes with a heel strap are required (tennis shoes, water shoes, sports sandals with a heel strap). Bare feet and flip-flops are not allowed. Don’t forget to bring a change of clothes and a towel.

Cancellation Policies

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RESERVE YOUR UPPER RAFTING TRIP

$46.95
Save 30% at checkout!

May through Labor Day
(tax and fees applied at checkout)
Discounts are automatically applied at checkout.

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