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Smoky Mountain Whitewater Rafting
Gatlinburg, TN Rafting Trips and Smoky Mountain fun on the Pigeon River

Enjoy the best whitewater rafting in the Smokies with Rapid Expeditions. Our experienced, friendly and fun-loving guides are ready to show you and your family a great time rafting on the Pigeon River in the Smoky Mountains. Plus, we're very close to the towns of Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Sevierville for all you vacationers looking for a great day of river rafting in the Smokies... and no experience is necessary!

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Rapid Expeditions Whitewater Rafting in the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee is located on the Pigeon River in Hartford, TN. This controlled whitewater river allows guests to enjoy thrilling Class I, II, III and IV rapids in the heart of the Smoky Mountains, along with leisurely stretches of river for relaxing and taking in the scenery. Rapid Expeditions offers trips on the Upper Pigeon River and Lower Pigeon River.

The rafting portion of the Pigeon River is a dam-controlled body of water which operates on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. We strongly encourage participants to schedule their rafting trip on a release date for maximum enjoyment, but it is not necessary. The water may also be released on Mondays, Fridays and Sundays, but it is not guaranteed. Rapid expeditions will be scheduling trips at 11:00, 1:00, 3:00, and 5:00 on the scheduled release days, but you can schedule a great rafting trip YEAR-ROUND on any day of the week. If you want to go rafting, we'd love to be your guides!

Upper Pigeon River Rafting

The Upper Pigeon River whitewater rafting trip is approximately 4.2 miles long, and you can expect to spend 1–1.5 hours on the river and 2.5 hours total from the time you arrive at our outpost to the time you leave. Raft the Upper Pigeon River!The trip begins when you arrive at our outpost. Participants will gear up and then listen to a short safety talk. After orientation you will take a short 5 mile ride to the put-in at the Carolina Power & Light hydroelectric powerplant, right on the TN/NC border. Your Rapid Expeditions guide will once again go over safety and then go over basic paddle commands. After everyone is comfortable with the experience, it's into the water!

Along with each participants help, your certified whitewater guide will navigate your raft down the river. Enjoy exciting rapids, including waves, drops and standing wave surfing as your raft descends over 60 rapids ranging from Class I to Class IV. Near the end of the trip, guests will be given the opportunity to exit the boat for a chance to swim in the river. We suggest the less intense Lower Pigeon River rafting trip for families with children under 8 years old.

Less than 9 paddlers: $29.95/person*
Groups discounts available for parties of 9 or more

Trips go rain or shine — Register today!



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*State sales tax and a $2.00 river tax will be applied to each participant.
**Paddlers must be at least 8 years old or 70 pounds to raft the Upper Pigeon River.

Lower Pigeon River Rafting

Lower Pigeon River rafting trips are great for families with small children.The Lower Pigeon River rafting trip is a relaxing 5.2 mile float through the Cherokee National Forest — perfect for families with small children and those looking for a less intense river rafting experience. Your trip begins at the Rapid Expeditions outpost where we go over safety and paddling techniques. Afterwards, we put in directly behind the Rapid Expeditions outpost and then the adventure begins!

Your kids will love the adventure.Children and parents will enjoy a 5 mile trip on over 50 Class I and II rapids, along with a chance to stop for a leisurely swim or simply to take in the sounds and scenery in the beautiful Smoky Mountains. For those looking for a more intense experience, we suggest the Upper Pigeon River rafting trip with one of Rapid Expeditions expert guides.


Adults: $25.95/person* 
Children: $19.95/person*
Group discounts available for parties of 9 or more

discount rafting for large groups, families, church groupsTrips go rain or shine — Register today!





Call for the lowest group rates - raft with the best and get a great price!
Toll free: 1-888-504-RAFT

*State sales tax and a $2.00 river tax will be applied to each participant.
**Paddlers must be at least 3 years old and accompanied by an adult to ride the Lower Pigeon River.

Feeling Less Adventurous?

The Smoky Mountains are great for trout fishing.We have you covered! For moms and dads, grandparents, and anyone who'd rather hang back, we invite you to come out anyway and share in the experience! Rapid Expeditions has a covered picnic area with plenty of reading materials and conveniences to help you relax on the water — and we mean ON the water. Our picnic area is right up against the banks of the Pigeon River, giving you a perfect view of the rushing water below.

Within walking distance of the outpost (less than 500 feet) you will find shops, restaurants and convenience stores to help make your visit complete. And, we strongly encourage all you fly fishermen and women to bring your gear and go after the native brook, brown and rainbow trout. There are plenty of prime locations right behind our outpost!

fly fishing on the Pigeon River.Beautiful sunset view on the Pigeon.Fun for the entire family - hang back at the outpost and watch the paddlers float by.

Safety on the River

Safety is paramount to the Rapid Expeditions whitewater rafting experience. We set our standards to the highest level both on and off the river. All guides are certified in first aid and CPR. Their experience and dedication to safety means that you and your family will be in good hands on the water.

Each trip begins with a safety talk at the Rapid Expeditions outpost, where we will go over the basics of rafting, whitewater swim position, what to do in case you fall out of the raft, and how to handle oneself on the raft in a safe and efficient manner.

Safe, fun raft guides.At the put-in, your guide will once again go over key points and make sure that everyone understands the proper safety techniques. With over 50 years of combined whitewaterexperience, your guides are guaranteed to be leaders in any whitewater situation one might encounter. Further, each raft is equipped with a first aid kit in case of emergency. Each kit is checked and rechecked before each rafting trip. But rest assured — to date we have never had to use any of them.

Trips go rain or shine — register today!


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