Jessica Booth

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Jessica Booth

About Jessica Booth

Rafting Outdoor Adventures, Inc. was started by Jessica Booth. Beginning in 1992 she guided trips on rivers in Tennessee and North Carolina and moved to the Smoky Mountain area in 2002. Opened the outpost on the Pigeon River because she has a love for the mountains and outdoors and wanted to share it.

Spring Giveaway: Enter to win a rafting trip for you and 3 friends + a LiddUp Trailmate cooler!

Have you always wanted to try white water rafting? Now’s the perfect time to get your feet wet. We’ve teamed up with LiddUp Coolers to give away the ultimate outdoorsman package: a FREE Smoky Mountain rafting trip for you and three (3) friends + a LiddUp Trailmate cooler! You and three buddies will enjoy a [...]

By |April 20th, 2017|News and Events, Specials and Discounts|0 Comments

Safety is our number one priority!

If you’re new to white water rafting, you might be concerned about your or your family’s safety. It’s important to know that we designed our trips to be as safe and family-oriented as possible. Each rafting guide is certified in First Aid and CPR (with some guides even having additional certifications). They’ve all gone through [...]

By |April 6th, 2017|Raft Like A Pro, Training and Staff|0 Comments

White water rafting is the most fun and affordable way to explore the Smoky Mountains

There’s a reason the Great Smoky Mountain National Park is the most visited National Park in the country: it’s home to over 2,100 miles of rushing mountain streams, scenic views with elevations up to 6,643 feet, and a wondrous diversity of wildlife. We’re proud to be located in nearby Hartford, TN — just on the [...]

The more the merrier: bring your friends and family white water rafting this Spring!

In the last moments of his life, Chris McCandless (the subject of Jon Krakauer's book Into the Wild) came to a crushing realization. All of the experiences he’d had over the past few years — hiking through the Alaskan wilderness, working on a farm in the Midwest, and kayaking into Mexico — meant nothing without [...]

By |March 9th, 2017|Raft Like A Pro, Specials and Discounts|0 Comments

Class I-VI: The International Scale of River Difficulty

Even if you’re new to white water rafting, you may have heard rapids identified by one of six classes (i.e. Class I-VI). This is a system called the International Scale of River Difficulty, which allows rafters to rate the difficulty of either a stretch of river or a single rapid. Outdoor Rafting Adventures leads guided [...]

By |February 22nd, 2017|Raft Like A Pro|0 Comments

Spring Break 2017 is coming up — go white water rafting this year!

Now that the holiday season has officially ended, travelers and adventure-seekers from all over the country have set their sights on Spring Break 2017. Over the next couple months, millions of Americans will migrate to warmer, more interesting parts of the world — taking a much-needed break from the day-to-day grind of work, school, and [...]

Gatlinburg fires: here’s how you can help

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'" - Mr. Rogers By now, we're sure you've heard of the recent wildfires in Gatlinburg, TN. State officials are calling them the "worst [...]

Take their word for it: more reviews from our guests in 2016

Sometimes our guests can sum up the white water rafting experience better than we can. We love reading about your experiences, hearing your thoughts and ideas, and reliving your experiences. Here are some of our favorite reviews for Outdoor Rafting Adventures from 2016: Koria Urban (5-stars on Facebook): Had the best experience today! Our guide [...]

By |October 27th, 2016|Around the Outpost|0 Comments

Non-guaranteed dam release: what does it mean to “turn the river off” exactly?

If you’ve visited Outdoor Rafting Adventures before, you may have heard our guides talk about “guaranteed” and “non-guaranteed” release days. This distinction is particularly important in the fall, so hopefully we can shed some light on how exactly the river will work over the next few months: We’re located on the Pigeon River, which extends [...]

Summer’s over, but don’t worry — here’s why you should visit East TN this fall

Today (9/22) is officially the first day of fall. Another summer here in the Smoky Mountains has come and gone, and we’re happy to say it was a fun and memorable season for Outdoor Adventures. We guided thousands of guests safely down the Pigeon River, creating lifelong memories and even converting a few naysayers along [...]