Upper Pigeon River Rafting Trip From Hartford - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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  • Duration: 2 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 4:30pm
  • Departure Details :
    3299 Hartford Rd, Hartford, TN 37753, USA
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


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.


  • Family friendly
  • Multiple times offered throughout the day
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Perfect for all ages and skill level
  • All necessary equipment included

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Enjoy an exciting 6.5 mile raft trip down Class 3 and Class 4 rapids through the heart of the Smoky Mountains. The certified guides will navigate your raft the entire trip, while sharing their love of splashing through the 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. Trips go rain or shine! But, never fear, the Big Pigeon River is for the inexperienced and experienced paddlers.


Professional guide

All necessary rafting equipment

Safety instructions

All applicable taxes and fees


Souvenir photos (available to purchase)


Food and drinks

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not recommended for pregnant travelers

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

Not wheelchair accessible

Near public transportation

Most travelers can participate

This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If its canceled because the minimum isnt met, youll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers

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.

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  • 21-Sep-2022

    What a GREAT time we had!!! It was our first time white water rafting. The check in process was very smooth and Caleb our guide was EXCELLENT! Very knowledgeable and personable! We would totally use them again for our next adventure!!!

  • 19-Sep-2022

    The rafting trip was awesome. Brett was our guide and he did a great job,very knowledgeable and made our trip down the river so much fun. The guides all work together and make sure everyone is safe and having a great time. They truly enjoy their work. Would highly recommend SMO for your rafting experience!

  • 12-Sep-2022

    Excellent service and facilities. Our guide was superb. Very knowledgeable and skilled. The equipment was very well maintained.

  • 12-Sep-2022

    Thanks for such an incredible time - T.J.!! My husband and I went rafting for the first time over the weekend, and we will definitely be back! Friendly staff! Fun bus ride! And an incredible experience rafting the Pigeon!

  • 05-Sep-2022

    Oakes was awesome and made it easy. We even had our special needs adult son ride safely with us. The scenery through the river was beautiful, water refreshing, and company of adjoining rafts friendly. This is a great family experience and highly recommended.

  • 03-Sep-2022

    4th trip with SMO. 4 different guides and each were excellent, but want to say thank you to the best yet!! Thanks Tia!!! See ya next time!

  • 31-Aug-2022

    My cousin & I went rafting yesterday and Dean was the ABSOLUTE BEST! This was both our first times water rafting and our guide made us feel very comfortable and safe!! We were both pretty nervous, but we were quickly put to ease with Dean! We highly recommend this company and we will definitely do this activity next time we are in town! Do yourself a favor and request Dean as your guide! You will NOT be disappointed :) THANKS AGAIN! ❤️ #teamwilly #thefungroup #SMO rafting

  • 30-Aug-2022

    We had an amazing trip rafting. “The Rev” Dean was fun, knowledgeable, and made the trip down the River a blast. Lots of laughs in our raft. Request The Rev to be your guide !

  • 28-Aug-2022

    It was fun but it was just a taste of white water rafting. It doesn’t have continuous rapids. There are actually some places where it’s so calm people jump off the raft and go swimming. Not really what I was expecting as far as getting an adrenaline rush.

  • 27-Aug-2022

    Logan was a very energetic and personable rafting guide. He was very knowledgeable about the area and was full of fun facts all while making sure we safely conquered all the rapids. It was a great time for those of all rafting skills. 10/10 would do it again.

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