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Rafting with Smoky Mountain Outdoors

3299 Hartford Rd • Hartford, TN 37753   View on Map

White Water Rafting

Rafting with Smoky Mountain Outdoors in Hartford TN

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.


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Rafting at Wildwater Adventure Center

3555 Hartford Rd • Hartford, TN 37753   View on Map

White Water Rafting

Rafting at Wildwater Adventure Center in Hartford TN

Rafting, Ziplining and Jeep tours! All at one location!
Come spend a day filled with adventure and beautiful views!

Reserve Gatlinburg, Reserve Pigeon Forge, and Wildwater Adventure Center have come together to bring you summertime savings on Smoky Mountain adventure! Bring your family, bring your friends, and come join us on the river, in the sky and on top of the mountains.

Let the experts at Wildwater Pigeon River Adventure Center take you on a relaxing trip down the Lower Pigeon’s class I and II rapids, or brave the challenge of the Upper Pigeon’s class III and IV whitewater. For your best value combine a raft trip with a zipline trip, Jeep tour and lunch all in one location.

Our adventure center sits right on the banks of the Big Pigeon River and is located in beautiful Hartford, TN, a short scenic drive from Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville. Surrounded by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cherokee National Forest, Martha Sundquist State Forest, and the Appalachian Trail, the Pigeon River has carved a deep gorge through some of the most spectacular landscapes and vistas in the country.

Upper Pigeon River (whitewater trip):
The upper section of the Big Pigeon River offers up twelve class III, and three class IV exciting whitewater rapids for you to conquer! Let one of our knowledgeable and professional whitewater river guides escort you down five miles of raging rapids like “Powerhouse, Too Late, Rollercoaster, Lost Guide and Accelerator!” This is non-stop continuous whitewater excitement!

• No experience necessary
• Minimum requirements: 8 years old or 70 lbs.
• Approximately 1 ½ hours on the river.

The upper portion is Dam controlled from Memorial Day until Labor day but we still raft in the early spring. These trips can range from class I - II rapid to III - IV rapids. The water levels vary due to rain and the power companies need to generate power. On lower water days you will experience a beautiful float trip with the possibility of larger whitewater. Either way you will experience the beauty of the Smoky Mountain area.

Lower Pigeon River (fun float trip):
The lower section of the Big Pigeon River is perfect for younger children or those that want to enjoy a milder river adventure. This is a fantastic way to enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the area, from deep within the river gorge. Rafters will encounter numerous class I and class II rapids, with lots of time to play and splash, as well as one exciting class III rapid near the end of your trip. This is an excellent opportunity to witness the magnificent beauty of this area. Sit back, relax, and enjoy nature’s splendor.

• No experience necessary
• Minimum age 4 years old
• Approximately 2 hours on the river

All Wildwater Pigeon River trips are provided a fully trained, certified, professional river guide. All of our friendly, and knowledgeable guides are required to have a minimum certification of CPR.

This trip is only offered from Memorial Day until Labor day due to uncertain water levels in the early spring.)

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