Welcome to Rafting in the Smokies. Rafting in the Smokies has been the whitewater rafting leader on the Pigeon River since 1978. Certified and trained guides accompany your group to ensure a safe and comfortable trip. All of our experienced guides have a love of the great outdoors and are eager to share their knowledge and enthusiasm with you.
NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY
Choose from two different rafting experiences:
1) Whitewater (upper section of the Pigeon River offers a 5-mile trip featuring 12 Class III and 3 Class IV whitewater rapids (ages 8+ or 70+ lbs.)
2) Family Float (lower section of the Pigeon River offers a 6-mile trip featuring Class I and II rapids with one Class III at the end (ages 3+)
Rafting Season is open March through October with guaranteed water releases Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from May until Labor Day. (The Pigeon River is dam-controlled and the guaranteed water releases mean guaranteed fun for rafting. Early Spring and late Fall trips depend on the amount of rainfall, call for schedule.)
Trips begin at 11 a.m. and run every 20 minutes until 5 p.m.
Family Adventure Island
Conveniently located at our Pigeon River Outpost in Hartford, TN, continue your adventure with our newly extended Zipline Canopy Tour and Ropes Challenge Course. Cross over our 150-ft. swinging bridge to our 10-acre island featuring BBQ grills, picnic tables, swings for small children and beanbag toss game.
About the Owners:
Mark and Brenda Shultz settled in the scenic mountains of East Tennessee to build their dream business and raise their family. "The more time kids spend outside, the happier they are" is their family philosophy. Their three growing kiddos roam the hollers of the Smokies and truly appreciate exploring the biodiversity of flora and fauna found in the Smoky Mountains.
The thrill of innovating new adventures keeps Mark engaged in the business, whose dreams become a reality each season with the addition of a new swinging bridge...a new canopy zipline tour...and maybe even a new rock climbing wall...
Brenda, a people-person, has never met a stranger and loves to cook for her family and the rafting staff, who are practically family. The grills, picnic tables with a little swing and wading/swimming area are the manifestation of her vision for folks appreciating the wonders of nature.
"We are blessed to share God's great outdoors with groups from all over the world who come to vacation in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville," Mark says about the 50,000+ visitors to Rafting in the Smokies each year. Come out and play with us!