Let the Adventure Begin on the Big Pigeon River
Explore the most action-packed five miles of whitewater rafting in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. This section of river is a great intermediate trip with class III and IV rapids*. The river's scenery is just as dramatic as its rapids. On this section of river, you will raft past the Smoky Mountain National Park, Cherokee National Forest, Martha Sundquist State Forest and under the Appalachian Trail.
No experience is necessary. You will be accompanied by world-class certified guides. We are the oldest and most experienced outfitter on the river. We'll supply you with the best equipment and instruction. The Pigeon River is only a 35 minute scenic drive from our Gatlinburg office. The trip usually takes 1 1/2 hours. Children must be 8 years old OR 70 lbs.
*In the Eastern US, rapids are rated on a scale of Class I through VI, with I being the easiest and VI the most difficult.




Take a Scenic Float Trip down the
Lower Pigeon

Bordering the Cherokee National Forest, this six and a half mile stretch of the Pigeon River includes Class I and II rapids with one Class III at the end. During hot summer days many groups will find themselves swimming and playing in the water. The trip is ideal for those who didn't quite meet the age requirements for the Upper Section.
Children must be at least 3 years old. This is also a great option for parents or grandparents who want a more relaxing tour of this section of river.
Groups or families have the flexibility to raft at the same time but at different levels of adventure.

Check-in at River Outpost in Hartford 45 minutes prior to trip time.
Rafting in the Smokies

Float with Style

Along with a Lower Pigeon trip we now offer Duckies (single or double person inflatable kayaks) for people who would like to paddle something a bit more challenging. We have a limited number. Please let us know in advance if you are interested in this option.
There are some inherent risks associated with
whitewater rafting. All participants are required to sign a liability and consent form prior to any trip. Anyone under the age
of 18 must have a parent's or guardian's signature.

We Emphasize‑


Whitewater rafting is fun for the entire family and will be the highlight of your vacation. Our trips are designed to appeal to and challenge everyone from beginners to seasoned experts. A specialized instruction session is held before each trip to cover rafting fundamentals.

About our Guides

Experienced guides accompany every trip to ensure your safety and comfort. Each guide maintains a current First Aid and CPR certification and many hold advanced certifications as well. Our guides are eager to share their knowledge and enthusiasm for the outdoors during your whitewater expedition.
800-PRO-RAFT or local: 865-436-5008
We recommend reservations for each trip to ensure you and your party the date and time of your choice. We raft - Rain or Shine

Group Rates


We specialize in catering to large groups, including youth groups, family reunions and scout troops. In fact, we pride ourselves on group service so much that we even have our own Boy Scout and Girl Scout patches. When you call, speak with our group coordinator to receive the most exceptional rates and other exciting incentives in the industry.

About us

Our facilities are staffed with helpful and friendly people who want to make your rafting trip a memorable experience. We provide hot showers, changing rooms and a retail store where you can purchase items such as your photos, t-shirts, and trendy customized outdoor wear. Safety is our number one priority and our profes­sional guides accompany ALL Trips.

Photo Service

Preserve the spirit of your white water adventure by purchasing a personalized photo following the completion of your trip. Our professional photographers take a series of digital photos of every raft. These photos will be available for viewing after your trip. You can purchase a single photo or an action sequence on either photo paper or digital disc.

What to Wear

Be prepared to get wet! You may want to wear shorts, T-shirt or a bathing suit. You must wear tennis shoes or sandals with a backstrap. During the spring and fall, you may want to bring a wool sweater, a hat and socks. Paddling jackets will be available when necessary. A change of clothes and a towel are recommended for use after the trip.

Cancellation Policy

Our cancellation policy allows you to be flexible. Make reservations now but feel free to change your plans up to 48 hours in advance.

Reservations/Ticket Office
813 East Parkway, Gatlinburg
March thru September: M-SUN 8 AM-8 PM
Off Season Hours: Varies