Rafting with Smoky Mountain Outdoors in Hartford, TN

3299 Hartford RdHartford, TN 37753
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Overview

Conveniently located in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains on the Pigeon River, White Water Rafting with Smoky Mountain Outdoors offers an exciting adventure for everyone to enjoy. Guests can choose between Lower Pigeon River Rafting (with class 1 and 2 rapids), Upper Pigeon River Rafting (with class 3 and 4 rapids) or Upper Pigeon Extreme Rafting for experienced riders only.

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 & towel.
  • Closed toed shoes required.
  • Raft rain or shine
  • Cameras allowed at own risk.
  • Souvenir photos available.

Description

from Rafting with Smoky Mountain Outdoors
Enjoy an exciting River Rafting Trip or Combination Adventure Package with Smoky Mountain Outdoors, recipient of Tripadvisor's prestigious Certificate of Excellence year after year.

The Pigeon River, located about 45 minutes from Gatlinburg, in the heart of the Smoky Mountains, offers breathtaking scenery and whitewater thrills! Experience the Class III and IV Upper Pigeon River section for ages 8+, or the milder Class I and II Lower Pigeon River section for ages 3+.

No prior experience is necessary. All of our Tennessee rafting trips include an professional river guide to keep your adventure safe and enjoyable. White water rafting is something the whole family can enjoy.

Bring a change of clothes and a towel. We have changing rooms, showers, and an on-site casual eatery.

Everyone must wear secure fitting shoes. No Flip-flops or bare feet.

We offer inflatable kayaks, guided hikes, and full-river trips.

Please note: rafting is not available in Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge. Please check in at our riverside outpost in Hartford, TN one hour prior to your trip time.

Reserve Gatlinburg Customer Reviews

24 Reviews
James Fenton
1 Review
"Great Time"
June, 2018 NEW
We had a awesome time and the best guide ever. Our guide was Dean and he made the adventure absolutely enjoyable. If you go rafting be sure to ask for Dean.
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Tip: The people were great and very organized.

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Kristin Heintz
Bradenton, FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Awesome afternoon"
June, 2018 NEW
Kyle made our white water rafting experience so much fun!!! Our kids had a great time and we loved it!
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Reserve Gatlinburg Customer
Whiteland , IN
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great time!!"
June, 2018 NEW
We had a great time rafting and would recommend Smokey Mountain Outdoors. It was easy to get to and everything was provided. We did buy the photo package but I do think it is over priced for what you get.
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Tip: Bring a change of clothes and wear closed toe shoes.

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Norma Wiley
1 Review
"First time!!"
June, 2018 NEW
This was an amazing trip down the upper Pigeon River. We had a wonderful guide Brennan he made the trip very enjoyable. He really went above and beyond! I would recommend this excursion to anyone visiting this area.
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Abbi Richard
1 Review
"AWESOME"
June, 2017
So much fun. We had the guide named Miami and he was just great. He knew everywhere that we shouldnt go and told us what we needed to know. You could tell he was very experienced.
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Reserve Gatlinburg Customer
1 Review
"We had a blast!"
June, 2017
My husband and I went white water rafting over our honeymoon! We had a blast! Thank you DAVIS for not being lame...lol...and having our raft be the only one doing 360's down the rapids!!! We also liked you're free entertainment of jokes along the way! You were great and made the experience more fun!
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Tip: Yes, you're gonna get wet....and yes, you have to paddle...lol

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James Markham
Sycamore, GA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Memories for a Lifetime"
August, 2016
Rafting trip one to never forget! I even took a dip on a level 4 ( surprise to us all). Staff excellent and worked together to help me out. Quite an adventure my family will speak of often. Couldn't have been a more caring and fun group! Fun, fun, fun. Highly recommend. The laughs are contagious!!!
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Tip: Prepare to have a great time!!!

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Reserve Gatlinburg Customer
Hopkinsville , KY
1 Review
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"Rafting with Smoky Mountain Outdoors"
August, 2016
Really enjoyed the trip. Had to separate our group into 2 rafts but the guides got us together at times to have a little swimming time and some splash battles. Guides were knowledgeable and wanted us to have fun. We did the upper river. Just wish there were more level 3 and 4s in the 1.5 hour trip to make it a bit more exciting. Overall, good trip and will do again!
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Tip: Listen to the guides and do what they tell you and you will be safe! Take water shoes with straps around top of foot and heel that won't come unhooked! Sons velcro came undone.

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Mike T
"Great fun and excitement"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 22, 2018 NEW
Had a great time with Kyle as our guide. He was funny and put us all at ease. Especially my mother in law with RA! The kids and husband are now hooked on white water rafting and can't wait to return to Tennessee for more. Thanks Kyle, from your Orlando muscians!
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Brandon O
"Guide Tanner"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 21, 2018 NEW
Took the fam on our first rapids trip today. Had a blast! A little apprehensive at first, but once we got past our first rapid and got wet, we had nothing to worry about! Tanner was our guide, and he was a great one. Would love to do it again!
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Meg B
"KYLE IS GREAT"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 20, 2018 NEW
TaDAY we had an insanely fun rafting trip with the best guide ever KYLE!!! He can absolutely kill the harmonica and he can sing Tennessee Whiskey like no other! He truly gave us a one-of-a-kind rafting experience that we will never forget! His jokes were great, as well as his commentary on the river! He is so strong and built! He could pull all 7 of us in the boat, so GREAT JOB hitting the gym Kyle! I would feel safe anywhere with Kyle because he is a phenomenal sheriff of the river and of his raft! We enjoyed it so much!! 10/10 would recommend!! Love, your columbus fans, the Underwood’s!
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keepcalmandmarisaon
Jacksonville, Florida
"Awesome adventure!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 19, 2018 NEW
Today my family and I went water rafting with our guide Christian and a few others. Christian was very knowledgeable, friendly, and willing to answer our questions. Some in our group had not been rafting before but it was easy to pick up and get in synch with everyone. There is a camera set up so they take pictures as you go through the rapids! It was an amazing experience and really fun for a hot summer day. A river adventure with beautiful scenery. Not much more you can ask for!
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Lisa B
West Chester, Ohio
"Rafting Fun and Adventure for the Family"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 18, 2018 NEW
We arrived at the location and was immediately greeted by a friendly staff member. We signed our waivers and checked in. We were in a group of 8. My family of 4 and my sister in law and her family. Although we couldn't ride in the same raft we were told that we would raft down in separate rafts, but together. We were sent to a waiting area and we were given time to visit the restroom and the store.I had a water bottle but needed a way to secure it on the trip. The store had many items that were needed on the trip such as eyeglass straps, carbines, and items to make the trip safer. Groups were assigned guides and given a few minutes to get to know them. We were then given our personal floating devices and oars. Our guide checked all of our pfd's to ensure that they fit well and were properly fastened. On the bus ride up river we were given a very entertaining, and enthusiastic yet informative talk about safety and what to do in certain circumstances. The kids listened and were able to repeat back the safety instructions. Our guide, Love, was amazing. He was skilled, friendly, funny, and knowledgeable about what we were doing and instructed us the entire way. My children 15 and 13, had the time of their lives. We were always near the rest of our family who were in another raft. There were some exciting rapids. At one point, the kids were invited to jump into the river and float down for a while. They enjoyed this freedom immensely. I always felt safe even though the rapids at some points caused my heart to beat a bit faster. We had water fights with the other rafts. The camaraderie between all of the river guides was enjoyable to see. I would highly recommend this group and this activity. After we returned to the camp we were offered the opportunity to purchase pictures. There were about 15 cameras set up along the way. I ended up buying the entire lot which was emailed to me a couple of days later. We will definitely be returning to the Smoky Mountain Outdoors when we return to the Smoky Mountains.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Rafting with Smoky Mountain Outdoors

Are all Smoky Mountain Outdoors rafting trips guided?
Yes, all trips are fully guided.

How far is Smoky Mountain Outdoors from Gatlinburg?
The Smoky Mountain Outdoors Pigeon River Outpost is located about 45 minutes north of Gatlinburg. It is the closest whitewater rafting to the Smoky Mountain area.

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.

However, guests who reserve the Raft and Kayak River Combo must know how to swim.

Can I go if I am a bit overweight?
There are no upper limit weight requirements for rafting. Our "PFD's" can accommodate a chest girth of 54". Kayaks have a weight limit of 250 lbs.

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. For kayaking trips, guests must be a minimum of 12 years of age.

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 starting 11AM and trips depart every half hour until 5PM. The spring and fall trip availability will be based on local rainfall.

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.. We also provide nylon jackets and pants to wear over your clothing at no extra charge. Also, bring a dry change of clothes and a towel for after the trip. If for some reason you forget secure shoes, they are for sale at the outpost. 

Can I bring a camera on the rafting trip?
We recommend that you lock all personal items in you vehicle. Anything that you bring on the river will get wet and could possibly get lost during the trip. We will take pictures of your boat during the trip that can be seen and purchased after your 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.