Looking for an exciting family expedition or memorable outdoor adventure?
Come enjoy the Appalachian Mountains by rafting the Pigeon River! This half day whitewater rafting expedition will be the talk of your vacation. The Pigeon River is the closest whitewater rafting adventure to Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, and Knoxville, Tennessee.
Big Creek Expeditions, Inc. is a whitewater rafting company located on the Pigeon River in beautiful Hartford, Tennessee. We are one of the premier attractions in Eastern TN. No matter the size of your group, Big Creek Expeditions, Inc. will give you the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the Smokies on a professionally guided whitewater rafting adventure.
We offer two different rafting trips appropriate for any age and skill level; the Upper Section is a thrilling ride through class III and IV rapids for ages 8 and up (or 70+ pounds), while the Lower is a scenic float trip for ages 3 and up.
Upper Pigeon River View the scenery of the Great Smoky Mountains and Cherokee National Forest while enjoying a fully-guided 6 mile stretch of whitewater. Raft over exciting drops and through exhilarating white capped waves. The Upper Pigeon River Trip offers 60 plus rapids that include 12 Class III rapids and 4 Class IV rapids. This provides your group the perfect outdoor adventure. Names of rapids on this section include Powerhouse, Lost Guide, Double Reactionary, and Accelerator. Absolutely no rafting experience is required for this Appalachian expedition. (Minimum age limit: 8 years or 70 pounds)
Lower Pigeon River The Lower Pigeon River Trip is more relaxing & better suited for those who seek a more leisurely trip, or have children that do not meet the requirements for the Upper Pigeon River Trip. The Lower Section consists of fully guided Class I & II whitewater. Your group can expect plenty of time for swimming and playing in the river on this trip! This is the premier float trip for those looking for scenic views of the Smoky Mountains. No experience necessary. (Minimum Age: 3 years) )
Need an adventure? Rafting in the Smokies has one for you. Bring your family, friends or both and experience a trip you will never forget. It will be the highlight of your vacation!
UPPER SECTION (Pigeon River) The Big Pigeon River boasts twelve class III and three class IV whitewater thrilling rapids! Accompanied by one of Rafting in the Smokies professional river guides, you'll be escorted down five miles of lively whitewater, rafting through class III & IV rapids such as "Too Late, Vegamatic, Razor Blade, After Shave, and Lost Guide."
The scenery surrounding the Pigeon River is just as breath-taking as the rapids. Skirted by the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Cherokee National Forest, Martha Sundquist State Forest and the Appalachian Trail, the Pigeon has carved its rocky riverbed through some of the most dramatic country in East Tennessee.
No Experience Necessary - Minimum age: 8 years old or 70 lbs. - Features 1 ½ hr of spectacular whitewater.
LOWER SECTION (Pigeon River) Looking for a way to really relax and enjoy natures beauty? Do you have children who weigh less than 70 lbs? If you answered yes to either, then we have just what you need. Check out the Lower Section of the Pigeon River! The Class I and II rapids and one Class III at the end of the trip, make this very casual and laid back section of the Pigeon River perfect for everyone 3 years old and up! Rafting in the Smokies will assist you, your family and friends down approximately six miles of relaxing waves and rippling mountain water. You'll gaze at the beautiful Smoky Mountain surroundings as you casually float this section of the Pigeon River. If someone in your group needs a little more adventure, we can accommodate! Let us help you plan coinciding trips on the Upper and Lower Pigeon. The portion of the group rafting the Lower Pigeon Float Trip can be scheduled to coincide with the other portion of the group's Upper Pigeon Trip.
No Experience Necessary - Minimum age: 3 years old and up -Features 2 hours of introductory whitewater - Length of rafting trip is 6 miles.
We offer a lot more! How about spending time on our Family Adventure Island where you'll zipline on our dual-racing lines and you can challenge yourself to our High Ropes Challenge Course. Test yourself!)
Enjoy a Tennessee Rafting Trip with Smoky Mountain Outdoors, awarded Tripadvisor's prestigious 2013 Certificate of Excellence for the second year.
The Pigeon River, located in the heart of the Smoky Mountains, offers breathtaking scenery and heart-stopping thrills! This magnificent river begins in North Carolina and continues through Tennessee.
Experience white water rafting in Tennessee and romp through class 3 to 4 rapids where you'll be assured of an exciting adventure!
All of our Tennessee rafting trips include an experienced guide to keep your adventure safe and enjoyable. Tennessee white water rafting is something the whole family can enjoy. The Lower section features about 2 hours of introductory rafting and the Upper section is about 1 1/2 hours of whitewater.
Bring a change of clothes and a towel.
Everyone must wear secure fitting shoes. No Flip-flops or bare feet.
Remember, rafting is not available in Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge. You will need to check in at the Hartford Outpost by the river in Hartford, TN one hour prior to your trip time.