Upper Pigeon River Rafting Trip from Hartford

1 hour 45 minutes
Free cancellation
1 - 15
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Smoky Mountain Outdoors Upper Pigeon River Trip is a Tripadvisor Top 10 Experience with a Travelers' Choice award, and the closest whitewater rafting trip to the cities of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge! No experience is needed, so all are welcome. Experience Class 3 to Class 4 whitewater rapids with a top-rafted rafting outfitter. This is the longest rafting trip on the Pigeon River, equipped with a guide in every raft.


  • Professional guide
  • All necessary rafting equipment
  • Safety instructions
  • All applicable taxes and fees

What to expect


The longest trip on the Pigeon River – 1.5 miles longer than any other rafting adventure! Take an exciting 6.5 mile ride down class 3 and 4 rapids!

On our Upper River Trip, our certified guides will navigate your raft the entire trip, sharing their love of splashing through big waves, maneuvering around rocks, and enjoying the beauty of being in the great outdoors. Big waves, big drops and plenty of surfing will assure that you have the time of your life.

On your trip, you’ll get to run about 70 rapids ranging from class 1 to class 4. But, never fear, the Big Pigeon River is for the inexperienced and experienced paddlers. Don’t worry Mom, we’re gonna take good care of you and the kids.

Additional information

  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum age is 8 years old and minimum weight is 70 lbs (32 kg)
  • Swimsuits and shorts work best. Secure shoes with a heel-strap are required (tennis shoes, water shoes, sport sandals with a heel-strap). Bare feet and flip-flops are not allowed. Don't forget to bring a change of clothes and a towel
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • In compliance with updated Tennessee guidelines, we are frequently sanitizing our gear and have marked floor guides so you can keep social distance within our retail building. Please bring a face mask for the bus shuttle. A ziplock bag will keep it dry during your river trip.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Ticket delivery

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.
September 2021

Logan was our guide. Very friendly, enthusiastic, enjoyed his job. Awesome views and great experience.

April 2022

We had an amazing experience with Logan as our guide! Not only were the rapids exciting and adrenaline inducing, but the banter and conversation from Logan was very entertaining! Highly recommend the upper pigeon river trip to anyone looking for a bit of excitement.

April 2022

My daughter wanted to go rafting for her 16th birthday and Smokey Mountain Outdoors did not disappoint. The staff and raft guides were so nice and helpful. They also were hilarious and entertaining!! Our raft guide Logan was so experienced and knowledgeable. I felt like we were in good hands the...

March 2022

One of the greatest adventures of my life. This was my 2nd time going and i brought my brother along for the ride this time. The rapids were incredible and the scenery was so pretty. Nate was an awesome guide and you can tell he loves what he does. I would definitely recommend this activity to an...

March 2022

Besides the several white knuckle, water splashing, teeth baring moments of extreme fun I had, it was the calmer moments listening to Nate talk about the incredible job he has taking people up and down the Pigeon River. To me, having a job is important in life, but when you genuinely love what yo...

October 2021

Fun on the rapids but day was cool (60°) and rapids seem to be tamer than expected. But definitely would recommend! Tour guide JOSH WAS FANTASTIC!!!

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