Pigeon River Rafting with NOC in Hartford, TN

NOC Pigeon River OutpostHartford, TN 37753
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Raft the Pigeon River with Nantahala Outdoor Center! The Upper Pigeon features Class III-IV rapids along the border of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Experience a full dose of whitewater excitement and scenery in just three hours. Raft with the best, and make this summertime classic a part of your Smokies vacation! NOC float trips on the Lower Pigeon are great for families with kids!

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Hartford Travel Experts
  • Raft Upper or Lower Pigeon River.
  • Upper section features Class III & IV rapids.
  • Lower section features Class I and II rapids.
  • 60+ rapids on Upper section tour.
  • 45 minute drive from Gatlinburg.
  • Bring a change of clothes and towel.
  • Closed toed shoes required.
  • Raft rain or shine.
  • All guides are certified.
  • Pregnant women cannot raft.
  • Children ages 3 and up can raft lower section.
  • Age requirement is 8+ for upper section.

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from Pigeon River Rafting with NOC
Raft the Pigeon River with Nantahala Outdoor Center, rated "One of the Best Outfitters on Earth" by National Geographic Adventure and the "#1 Vacation with a Splash" by Good Morning America.

The Upper Pigeon features Class III-IV rapids along the border of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Experience a full dose of whitewater excitement and scenery in just three hours. Raft with the best, and make this summertime classic a part of your Smokies vacation!

Just want to get outside? NOC float trips on the Lower Pigeon are great for families with kids as young as 3. Paddle a gentle section of river, where swimming and splashing are encouraged. Don’t just visit the Smokies, get out there and experience them on a river float trip with NOC! Trip leaves from Hartford, TN outpost. Please allow 45 minutes to 1 hour travel time.

While you're in the area be sure to visit Gatlinburg's newest attraction: NOC Gatlinburg. Scale our 25-foot climbing wall, browse the largest selection of Smokies souvenirs, buy top brand outdoor gear or book your guided adventure all in the store. We are located at stoplight 10 in downtown Gatlinburg.

Reserve Gatlinburg Customer Reviews

20 Reviews
Thomas Nigg
Sylvania, GA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Do It !!! The best rush ever with NOC and Whitewater Rafting ..."
August, 2018 NEW
We had a family weekend vacation in Tennessee and decided on a rafting trip with NOC on the Pigeon River... MAK was our guide and he was AWESOME !! Went for the Wild Rapids and really had a blast ! Safe, Fun, Experienced Staff - Would do it again in a minute...Susan, Georgia
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Tip: Bring extras clothes and indulge in the surroundings...

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SUZANNE CISNEROS
HELENA, AL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great family fun"
July, 2018 NEW
We were first time rafters and did the intermediate trip. We had a blast and our guide Josh was very knowledgeable and professional. We would absolutely do it again.
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Tip: It’s rain or shine, lightning or not. They keep going. Dress to be very wet.

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Milly Pinero
Hialeah Gardens, FL
3 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"The Highlight of our Vacation"
July, 2018 NEW
NOC does it right. From the person working in the office checking you in, to the safety instructor to the guide. We did the Lower Pigeon float trip with our kids and it was incredible. We all had so much fun. The swim in the river to cool us off was a perk. We will definitely visit again!
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Tip: Bring sunscreen and water shoes!

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Jane Gibbs
Poseyville, IN
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Lots of fun"
July, 2018 NEW
Sam, our guide, was half the fun. Just enough thrill but still felt safe.
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Tip: Lodge your foot in a bellow in front of you. Dress in stuff that is comfortable wet.

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marsha wood
lusby, MD
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"NOC awesome rafting"
June, 2018
From the moment we pulled down into the property it was an excellent experience
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Tip: The guides were excellent and the whole experience was well organized.

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Ryan Young
Des Peres, MO
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"NOC is very professional"
June, 2018
NOC is very professional and did a great job
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Tip: Wear water shoes and get there 30 min early

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wayne harris
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Just a blast"
August, 2016
This turned out to better than I would have expected, easy to get to, everyone there at N.O.C was great. Our guide"Gilligan" was awesome kept you entertained the whole way and really profesional regarding the rafting. Definitely going to go here again, the whole family loved it. Reserve Pigeon Forge made it super easy buying tickets and even making cages to the reservation. Just a blast!
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Tip: Your going to get super wet, make sure they are rafting on the days you want to go.

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Cindy Halliday
Apex, NC
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Awesome"
August, 2016
We very much enjoyed our trip and the grand kids loved it!!
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Stitessb
Chesapeake, Virginia
"So fun we went twice!!!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 09, 2018 NEW
Great experience, highlight of our trip for all. We had so much fun the first day on the lower we came back the next day. The little kids and my sister/ brother-in-law did the lower again and myself and my teenage nephew did the upper. Our guide Sam was amazing for both trips. We had a blast and will defiantly come back anytime we are in the area!!!
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Houston_Thankful
Houston, TX
"Great rafting trip on upper Pigeon river"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 02, 2018 NEW
NOC was excellent as usual. The staff is knowledgeable and personable. Their equipment is in great shape. Bathrooms/changing rooms are clean and convenient. The river was a nice combination of rapids and smooth flowing water. Our guide Jessie did a great job. It rained our whole trip but it did not really impact the trip or our fun.
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Natalie C
"Highlight of our family vacation!! Already planning our next rafting trip!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 29, 2018 NEW
We can’t wait to go back and do it again! The staff were all amazing, and our river guide, Nicole, was top notch. We had a group of nine ranging in age from 10-60 with both experienced and beginning paddlers, and we all had a wonderful rafting experience on the Upper River.
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Anonymous
"Perfect first rafting trip with the kuds"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 21, 2018 NEW
I would highly recommend Nantahala Outdoor Center for a rafting trip with the kids. We did the Lower Pigeon River raft with our 4, 7 and 9 year old kids. NOC is a very organized company with well trained river guides. Our guide, David, was very knowledgeable, friendly and fun. The kids really enjoyed squirting water guns at the other other rafters. The employees are really focused on making sure everyone is having a good time.There were a few times throughout the trip that we were able to jump in the water to cool off. The kids loved the chilly water. It is a pretty tame ride. No one is getting tossed out of the boat so you don’t have to worry about your kid’s safety. There are a few “exciting” small rapids. They do take pictures a couple of times throughout the trip. You will have the option to buy them at the end. It’s not exactly cheap but worth it to have an awesome memory of our kid’s 1st rafting trip.
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rikmes
Miami, Florida
"AWESOME!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 10, 2018
This is my 4th year rafing, and it never gets old. This is fun for both adults and kids. We tried this company for the first time and we had a great experince. Friendly staff, great location with parking, and not too crowded. Our guide was awesome, funny and alot of fun. We had a total of 8 kids with us, 4 who had never rafted, and placed them in one raft together. The guide was great with kids and they loved the experince.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Pigeon River Rafting with NOC

Are all Rafting with NOC trips guided?
Yes, all trips are fully guided.

How far is Rafting with NOC from Gatlinburg?
The Smoky Mountain Outdoors Pigeon River Outpost is located about 45 minutes north of Gatlinburg.

Do I have to know how to swim?
No, every guest is issued a type 5, Coast Guard approved personal floatation device. The "PFD" is designed to give you all of the floatation needed on the river.

Is there a minimum age requirement?
The minimum age/weight for the Upper Pigeon trip is 8 years old or 70 pounds. You have to be at least 3 years old to go on the Lower Pigeon trip.

When are raft trips scheduled?
The Pigeon River is not a free flowing river. About ten miles upstream from our launch area there is a dam that regulates the amount of water flowing down the river. From Memorial Day to Labor Day the flow is consistent and we can schedule accordingly. During the summer months we raft Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

If I am pregnant can I go?
We do not recommend rafting if you are more than two months pregnant.

What do I wear for a rafting trip with Smoky Mountain Outdoors?
Shorts, t-shirt and secure fitting shoes. No flip-flops or bare feet allowed. During the Spring and Fall avoid cotton clothing, it really absorbs water and will make you cold. Wear clothing that will not absorb much water like wool. Good synthetic fabrics are fleece and polypropylene. Do not wear jeans. Also, bring a dry change of clothes and a towel for after the trip

Do you raft in the rain?
We raft rain or shine. Rafting is one of the best rainy day activities because getting wet is part of the fun! We may delay the trip for a few minutes to allow a strong storm to pass.