Whitewater Rafting


The upper section of the Pigeon River boasts 12 Class III and 3 Class IV thrilling whitewater rapids! Accompanied by one of Rafting in the Smokies friendly, professional river guides, you’ll be escorted down 5.5 miles of lively rapids with equally engaging nicknames such as Too Late, Vegamatic, Razor Blade, After Shave, and Lost Guide. No Experience Necessary!

The scenery surrounding the upper and lower sections of the Pigeon River is just as breathtaking as the rapids.

Skirted by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cherokee National Forest, Martha Sundquist State Forest and the Appalachian Trail, the Pigeon River has carved its rocky riverbed through some of the most dramatic country in East Tennessee. If someone in your group needs a little less adventure, we can accommodate! Let us help you plan coinciding Upper Pigeon River Whitewater and Lower Pigeon River Scenic Family Float Trips.


What To Expect
Big Splashes & Bumpy Waves,

Maximum 6+ People Per Raft + Guide;
5.5 mile trip / approx. 1.5 hours in length




Lower Pigeon River Scenic Family Float Trips

​​​Float down the lower section of the Big Pigeon River, which has calm Class I and Class II rapids. Accompanied by one of Rafting in the Smokies friendly, professional river guides, your family and friends will be escorted down 6 miles of this casual and laid back section of the river.


What to Expect
Gentle Waves,
Maximum 6-7 People Per Raft + Guide
6 Miles/Approx. 2 Hours



Zipline Canopy Tour

The Zipline Canopy Tour is the best deal in the Smokies – more zipping for the best price anywhere around. We are proud to offer our new extended Zipline Canopy Tour at a special low rate because we know it adds value to our rafting customers. While zipping through the treetops, you will get the best views of Family Adventure Island, the Pigeon River and flora and fauna that can only be seen in the Great Smoky Mountains.

What to Expect
Soar through the air on 6 ziplines and 2 skybridges ranging from 60-80 feet off the ground for a total of 2400 feet long!



Ropes Course

Our solidly-constructed, stationary course is built high in the trees from pressure treated utility poles as well as other carefully chosen materials. For additional safety, all participants are fitted with a full body harness and attached to an overhead belay cable with ropes and carabiners. If a participant loses footing, he/she will simply be caught by the harness and cable to dangle harmlessly.

Ropes course advocates claim that ropes courses meet a number of educational, developmental, and recreational goals such as physical fitness, personal achievement, and confrontation of fear. Challenge your personal boundaries in the breathtaking scenery at the Outpost’s Family Adventure Island, with a view of the Pigeon River.

What to Expect
12 Different Activities across 4 Different Skill Levels, including Balance Beams, Climbing Nets, Rope Bridges.



Rock Climbing Wall

At Rafting in the Smokies, you can combine your rafting trip, zipline canopy tour or high elements ropes challenge course adventure with our new rock climbing wall addition.

Our four-sided climbing wall is accessible for all ages and fun for individuals of all skill and athletic levels.

What to Expect
4-sided rock climbing wall. Each side increases in difficulty



Picnic and Pavilion


Book our Family Adventure Island Pavilion for your small groups, birthday parties, retreat luncheon, or family reunion with a group booking with no additional charge.

Our Pavilion is enclosed with bench seating plus two picnic tables all under cover. You are nestled in the forest of our 10-acre Family Adventure Island. This is a great benefit for your group.

You must book for the same date as your activity at Rafting in the Smokies.



Family Adventure Island


Step across the 150-ft. suspension bridge to Inspired Fun on our Free Family Adventure Island!

We want you to spend the day enjoying nature as we do so we have provided a picnic area with barbeque grills, play ground, nature trail and play area at waters edge.

Check out our Family Adventure Packages and spend the day with us!

Harness the sky on our safety-first Zipline course that will let you fly without wings. Boost confidence, build teams, and make memories high above the forest floor on the High Elements Ropes Challenge Course. 

Rafting in the Smokies is a whole lot more than just whitewater! We are your resource for the best Smoky Mountain Vacations!




Information and Pricing

ADVENTURING THE PIGEON RIVER SINCE 1978

Rafting in the Smokies was a pioneer outfitter on the Big Pigeon River in 1978. We even helped name the rapids back in those early days! Our goal then was to assemble a group of professional whitewater athletes to provide affordable fun on the river. That goal has never changed.

People First. Certified and Trained Guides. Family Friendly. Safety Focused. Environmental Stewards.

You want the best for your vacation in the Smokies, we know! All our rafting trips include certified and trained guides for your safety and comfort. Our guides love the great outdoors and are eager to share their knowledge and enthusiasm with you. Our office staff works together with our rafting and zip line guides to ensure your total experience is the best it can be – from the moment you contact us about a trip.

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