Whitewater Rafting

No experience necessary. Get ready to rock the rapids. Whitewater rafting in Tennessee begins here.

Splashdown on the Big Pigeon

There's nothing quite as exhilarating as a ride on an untamed river. The Big Pigeon and several other regional rivers are minutes away, and downtown Gatlinburg rafting outfitters can help you book an expedition and make sure you get all the gear you need.

On the Big Pigeon, there are 12 Class III and 3 Class IV rapids. Check out these names: "Too Late," "Vegamatic," "Razor Blade," "After Shave," and "Lost Guide." Put your helmet on!

The Big Pigeon River gushes near Great Smoky Mountain National Park and the Cherokee National Forest, There's no view of the mountains like that from the seat of a bouncing raft in whitewater. No experience is necessary, but rafters do need to be 8 years old or weigh at least 70 pounds.

Choose your Gatlinburg rafting adventure: wild or mild

The upper portion of the Pigeon River is for the adventurous, and the lower section is more of a relaxed float trip. Check with one of the companies below to see what's best for you and your group–either way you’ll enjoy a fun-filled ride through one of the most scenic Tennessee national parks.

More about the Pigeon River

The Pigeon River is dam-controlled with scheduled water releases from Memorial Day through Labor Day, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The Pigeon River of western North Carolina and east Tennessee forms above Canton, North Carolina. Below this, it flows roughly parallel to Interstate 40 for many miles and is impounded by Walters Dam, belonging to Progress Energy of Waterville, before entering Tennessee. From there, it flows into the French Broad River.

Get wet and wild in Gatlinburg with some of the best whitewater rafting in Tennessee!


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Nantahala Outdoor Center

Nantahala Outdoor Center

1138 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 277-8209
Toll Free: 1-800-232-7238
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The Smokies best fun! Rated “One of the Best Outfitters on Earth” by National Geographic Adventure, NOC rafts the Upper and Lower Pigeon River. Trips for kids as young as three.


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Rafting in the Smokies

Rafting in the Smokies

813 East Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 436-5008
Toll Free: 1-800-776-7238
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No experience necessary! The highlight of your vacation! Check out Deals and Packages on rafting for all ages. Come enjoy our 10 acre Family Adventure Island.
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Smoky Mountain Outdoors

Smoky Mountain Outdoors

453 Brookside Village Way
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 430-3838
Toll Free: 1-800-771-7238
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Whitewater rafting at its finest! Fun for first timers offering the longest trip the longest trip on the river since 1993. TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Business. Call or book online.
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Rafting in the Smokies

Rafting in the Smokies

Experience the beautiful scenery of the Smoky Mountains. Offering excellent group rates, and customer service that are second to none. No Experience Necessary - Serving ages 3 and up. Check out our Season Passes. Handicapped Accessible!...

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Nantahala Outdoor Center

Nantahala Outdoor Center

Most respected outfitter in the Southeast. NOC has been recognized by The New York Times and National Geographic Adventure. Our guides are the best-trained on the river, with more than 35 years of whitewater expertise....

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Smoky Mountain Outdoors

Smoky Mountain Outdoors

28 years experience on the Pigeon River. We offer one of the longest trips on the river, a full two hours. Our guides are the most experienced and highly trained. Book now!...

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Smoky Mountain Outdoors

Smoky Mountain Outdoors

28 years experience on the Pigeon River. We offer one of the longest trips on the river, a full two hours. Our guides are the most experienced and highly trained. Book now!...

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