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Raft the churning waters of the Upper Pigeon River on this 6.5-mile (10-km) adventure. After making your own way to the start point, you'll receive a safety briefing and get kitted out with the necessary equipment. Working together as a team, you and your raft mates navigate through Class I to Class IV rapids, maneuvering through twists, turns, and natural obstacles.

Certified guides in every raft lead the team through about 70 rapids running right through the heart of the Smoky Mountains. The trip takes place rain or shine, so come prepared for big water, big fun, and big adventures. Even though the course can be challenging, it’s appropriate for beginners as well as intermediate rafters.

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As the lengthiest rafting trip on the Pigeon River, this excursion is perfect for thrill-seekers who love being on the water. You'll navigate Class I to Class IV rapids with a private guide in every raft, who ensures you receive personalized attention. Plus, no prior rafting experience is required for this tour, meaning that everyone from beginners to experienced rafters can get involved.
  • Great for beginners and expereinced rafters alike 
  • Receive attention from a certified guide in every raft 
  • The closest rafting tour to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge 
  • More than 70 rapids on a 6.5-mile (10-km) stretch of river 
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Upper pigeon river rafting

Just want to say we ALL had a blast! We were there on August 2 with a group of 12, ages ranging from 15 to 77 and everyone was wowed by the adventure! Rain did not effect our experience in the least. One of our...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago
Highlanders Rafting Trip- 8/11/18

Our August down the Pigeon River was timed perfect after recent rains that brought on a perfect weekend. The water was up (highest we had seen) and the group of 9 was set for a fun day. We were split into 2 groups. My group...More

Thank John H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Fear turned to FUN...thanks to Eliza and a fun group!

Although somewhat apprehensive, I let my husband and 13 year old daughter talk me into the upper river trip. I've always wanted to do this, but was somewhat afraid. Eliza, our guide, was fabulous!!!! She told me I would be fine, would have fun and...More

1  Thank Kristie S
Reviewed 1 week ago
Great time!

My Girl Scouts absolutely loved white water rafting. For our first time, this was a great place. Our guides were Casey and Wesley and both were knowledgeable with fun personalities. They made us all feel comfortable and we had such a great experience. Can't wait...More

Thank camille202
Reviewed 1 week ago
First Timer

For my first experience, I'd say this way top notch. Easy to get to, easy to book, good pricing, a well oiled machine! They crank out a LOT of visitors here, but the day all went surprisingly smooth. Our guide, Jeff was great. A little...More

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2 August 2018|
Response from Melwood62 | Reviewed this property |
I think you may need to book the Lower Rapids trip for this age. Call the company to verify.
26 July 2018|
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Response from 2014psr | Reviewed this property |
It took us 2-3 hours on the water to complete the trip.
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