You want real, off-the-beaten-path Smoky Mountain experiences. Whitewater rafting on the Pigeon River with Smoky Mountain Outdoors (SMO) is thrilling and the views are spectacular. The Pigeon River is one of the most popular rafting rivers in the United States. You’ll love going with SMO, the most trusted outfitter on the river.
Only 45 minutes from the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge Parkway, the Pigeon River has exciting Upper River whitewater rafting trips.
Upper River Rafting
Our Most Popular Trip!
The longest trip on the Pigeon River – 1.5 miles longer than any other rafting adventure! Take an exciting 6.5 mile ride down class 3 and 4 rapids!
On our Upper River Trip, our certified guides will navigate your raft the entire trip, sharing their love of splashing through big waves, maneuvering around rocks, and enjoying the beauty of being in the great outdoors. Big waves, big drops and plenty of surfing will assure that you have the time of your life.
On your trip, you’ll get to run about 70 rapids ranging from class 1 to class 4. But, never fear, the Big Pigeon River is for the inexperienced and experienced paddlers. Don’t worry Mom, we’re gonna take good care of you and the kids.
How long will I spend on the river? Approx. 1.5 – 2 hours. Please note: Trip time may vary with water levels and natural conditions.
Who can go on this trip? All rafters must be at least 8 years of age or weigh at least 70 pounds.
Do I have to make a reservation? Strongly recommended!
At SMO Rafting, our award-winning river guides take great care of you and your crew, navigating your raft through the beautiful river gorge. See the Smokies where only boats can go! You'll leave with great stories and photos to share with everyone back home.
Hours of Operation
Upper Pigeon River
age 8 + or 70 lbs
Lower Pigeon River
Extreme Upper Pigeon River