Rafting in the Smokies

Rafting in the Smokies

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Jump in a raft and paddle down the rapids of the Pigeon River, zip line through a tree canopy or have a riverside picnic at this outdoor adventure center.

Rafting in the Smokies is an adventure center located on the Pigeon River in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Paddle through class IV river rapids or cruise gently down the river while taking in the stunning mountain scenery. Travel through the treetops on a canopy tour or relax with a picnic at a riverside beach.

Thrill-seekers will love the chance to jump in a raft and paddle through the whitewater rapids of the Upper Pigeon River. Join a trained guide and up to seven friends as you tackle a lively 5-mile stretch of the river.

If you are looking for a calmer activity, sign up for a family float trip, during which you drift down the lower section of the Pigeon River. Sit back and listen to regional stories from your knowledgeable guide.

No experience is necessary to take part in the rafting trips. You’ll be provided with life jackets and can be confident in your guide’s attention to safety. Remember to bring a change of clothes because there’s a chance that you’ll get wet. Check the center’s official website for the age restrictions of each trip.

Combine a rafting trip with a visit to Adventure Island. Cross the Pigeon River via a 150-foot (45-meter) swinging footbridge to a 10-acre (4-hectare) island, featuring a river beach and swimming area, nature trail and kid’s playground. Travel through the treetops on zip lines and sky bridges for an adrenalin rush. Challenge your strength and decision-making skills on the rope climbing course. Bring your own food and make use of the picnic and barbecue facilities.

Located in the town of Hartford, Rafting in the Smokies and Adventure Island are a 40-minute drive from downtown Gatlinburg. There is free on-site parking.

The rafting season runs from March to November. Check the Rafting in the Smokies official website for a detailed schedule. Advanced reservations are recommended and can be made by phone, online or at the booking office in Gatlinburg.

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