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 Pigeon Forge Customer Reviews

47 Reviews
Lorie F.
Newport , TN
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Awesome Guide"
August, 2018 NEW
Only had to put my paddle in the water once, other that that the guide did all the work and we enjoyed the view and ride!
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Tip: Changing rooms, lockers and food available onsite

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Stephanie Post
Ashtabula, OH
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Fun time"
August, 2018 NEW
We loved our trip white water rafting. We had a great guide and he explained things to us. Our 5 and 8 year old children had a great time also. It was very nice that just our family were in the raft with the guide. Great Experience!
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Tip: They have lockers and showers available.

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Donna Gusewelle
Edwardsville, IL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Awesome"
August, 2018 NEW
Our guide was the greatest. We had a great experience, lots of fun. Everything went as planned from reservations to trip down the river. Thanks.
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Allie Frierson
1 Review
"Guides"
August, 2018 NEW
This was our second time here. Rachel, our guide, was the bomb! We got to do things the other rafts didn’t. She was entertaining, knowledgeable, competent, and a joy to be around. Good choice this summer. She made our trip wonderful.
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Tip: Bring towels!

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Randee M.
Winston Salem, NC
3 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Excitin Adventure !!!"
August, 2018 NEW
The experience was good, we started early and it was just about right since it wasn't as hot as I could imagine for those who took the noon trip, overall experience was fun, the only downside is their photo package is extemely expensive at $79 with only 1 set of 15 pictures taken from just one location, it would have beem better if they shoot from various locations and rapids to give a very memorable experience.
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Michelle McWhorter
1 Review
"100% guaranteed great time!!"
August, 2018 NEW
Our guide was Josh, and he was awesome! He explained the different rapids as we passed them, was extremely knowledgeable and was very thorough with our directions. We had ages from 9-49 in our raft and we couldn’t have been in better hands. We did notice other companies on the river and decided in the end, Smoky Mountain Outdoors was by far the most professional and safety is their number one priority! Great time was had by all seven of us! We are ready to experience more!! Thank you SMO and Josh!!
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Elizabeth Wachenschwanz
1 Review
"Great rafting experience"
August, 2018 NEW
It was our family’s first time white water rafting and it was AMAZING! It was a great experience and our guide made it that much more fun. They are very upbeat and helpful!!! I would recommend this company to anyone.
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Tip: If you get the chance to have Bart as your guide, you’re in for a treat! He’s awesome!! And, tip your guide!

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Sue Atkins
Colleyville, TX
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"KID FRIENDLY RAFTING, but adults will LOVE IT TOO!"
August, 2018 NEW
Fun times for all, kids ages 10, 6, & 4, and three adults. Guide was very very good. Beautiful river, rapids were "just right" for first experience. Look forward to coming again!
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TripAdvisor Reviews
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EllieMarie23
"Great experience!!! "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 19, 2018 NEW
This was my first time white water rafting and SMO did not disappoint! From the information at booking (ex. accurate driving directions) to the very organized way they run each trip. Our guide Tanner was GREAT and kept us informed and ready for whatever the river dished out throughout the entire trip. I would HIGHLY recommend this company to anyone who wants a well-run, safe and EXCITING adventure down the Pigeon River!!!
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milwaukeesara
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
"1st rafting experience was perfect"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 19, 2018 NEW
This was my 1st time rafting and it was the BEST TIME EVER! Judo our guide was perfect. He was knowledgable, personable and eased my fears. We had a great time and would highly recommend this company and Judo.
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georgekull
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
"Fun for all ages and excitement levels"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 19, 2018 NEW
These folks couldn't have been more accommodating to our large group. After numerous changes to our total number, which SMO gladly adjusted each time, we ended up with 19 people. Four of us did the extreme and had a total blast. Our guides were willing and able to get us into some serious class IV action (and did a great job getting us back in the rafts when necessary). Our other group members (ages 8 to 67) also had a great time in the bigger rafts. All of our guides delivered the trip each raft group was looking for. While we've been on wilder rivers than the pigeon, we couldn't have been more impressed with Smoky Mountain Outdoors.
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HeidiNew
"White Water Rafting!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 19, 2018 NEW
Had an awesome time white water rafting. We went into this not knowing what to expect. Our guide TJ made this a fun filled adventure that we will not forget. He was very personable and knowledgeable. Highly recommended this outdoor adventure.
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Kelli C
"So fun!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 16, 2018 NEW
This was my husband and I’s first time white water rafting! We had so much fun!! Bart was a great guide who took us over some awesome rapids! Would definitely do it again
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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.