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Embark on a thrilling rafting ride through the twists and turns of the Pigeon River. This adventure never has a dull moment, boasting a course of 12 Class-III and 3 Class-IV whitewater rapids. In the lower part of the river, enjoy scenes of beautiful sycamore trees in the winding valley.

Strap on a life jacket and prepare to get wet. Listen to a rafting briefing before hopping in and heading downstream. Negotiate the tumultuous torrents and turbulent whitewater rapids of the upper river. With telling names including Too Late, Vegamatic, Razor Blade, After Shave, and Lost Guide, you're sure to encounter some bumpy waves and spectacular splashes during the 5 mile (8 km) course.

As you travel down the river, your guide navigates the obstacles and keeps your journey fun and engaging with information and stories about the wildlife and surroundings. They also provide clear commands, resulting in an exciting and safe trip downriver at exhilarating speeds.

Once you reach the lower river, catch your breath and enjoy the beautiful surroundings as you gracefully glide over class I & II rapids. The river takes its name from the passenger pigeon, now extinct, whose migration route once included the river valley. The river carves through the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Cherokee National Forest, Martha Sundquist State Forest, and the Appalachian Trail.

Embark on a thrilling rafting ride through the twists and turns of the Pigeon River. This adventure never has a dull moment, boasting a course of 12 Class-III and 3 Class-IV whitewater rapids. In the lower part of the river, enjoy scenes of beautiful sycamore trees in the winding valley.

Strap on a life jacket and prepare to get wet. Listen to a rafting briefing before hopping in and heading downstream. Negotiate the tumultuous torrents and turbulent whitewater rapids of the upper river. With telling names including Too Late, Vegamatic, Razor Blade, After Shave, and Lost Guide, you're sure to encounter some bumpy waves and spectacular splashes during the 5 mile (8 km) course.

As you travel down the river, your guide navigates the obstacles and keeps your journey fun and engaging with information and stories about the wildlife and surroundings. They also provide clear commands, resulting in an exciting and safe trip downriver at exhilarating speeds.

Once you reach the lower river, catch your breath and enjoy the beautiful surroundings as you gracefully glide over class I & II rapids. The river takes its name from the passenger pigeon, now extinct, whose migration route once included the river valley. The river carves through the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Cherokee National Forest, Martha Sundquist State Forest, and the Appalachian Trail.

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Upper Pigeon River Whitewater Rafting Trip

Activity/Location

Rafting In The Smokies Information Office

813 East Parkway

Gatlinburg 37738

Meeting/Redemption Point

  • Rafting the Smokies

    3595 Hartford Road

    Hartford 37753


Highlights

  • Whitewater rafting down class-III & -IV rapids over 5 miles

  • Exhilarating rafting adventure through beautiful scenery

  • Migration route of now-extinct passenger pigeon

  • Experienced guide present on every raft

  • Maximum of 8 people, including your guide, per raft


Inclusions

  • Guided rafting trip

  • Roundtrip transportation to the put-in point on the river

  • Helmet, life jacket, and paddles


Know Before You Book

  • You must be at least 8 years old or over 70 lbs (32 kilos).

  • You must be able to fit in a 58’’ life jacket.

  • Complimentary onsite amenities include a shady picnic area, grills, beach for swimming, swings for small children, and a nature trail.

  • Check-in is 15 minutes prior to your tour time.


Cancellation Policy

You can cancel free of charge until 72 hours before your reservation starts. After that time, no cancellations, changes or refunds will be made.

Location

Rafting In The Smokies Information Office, 813 East Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738, United States