Now is the perfect time to visit the Smoky Mountains

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in the country, and in our opinion the Fall is the best time to visit them. The changing colors, the wildlife — nothing compares to the sheer natural beauty of the Smokies. Here are a few ideas for your trip to the area […]


We’re moving to our Fall Schedule!

The water flow on the Pigeon River is controlled by Walters Dam, a hydroelectric dam located in Haywood County just a few miles upstream of our launch area. During the Summer (Mid-May through Mid-September), water is released from the dam on we call “guaranteed rafting days,” that is, every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday. It’s […]


Rafting Equipment 101

If you’ve never gone white water rafting before, you might be a little intimidated by all of the equipment. Don’t sweat it! Our friendly and well-trained guides will walk you through every step of the process. Here’s a brief rundown of everything you’ll need to get on the river. Helmet One of the most basic […]

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Safety is our Raft Outdoor Adventure’s 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 […]

Reviews from satisfied rafters

It’s an interesting business, giving whitewater rafting tours. Our product isn’t something tangible — it isn’t something you can touch, hold, or resell. Our business is providing memorable experiences for our customers, and everything we do is designed with that end in mind. We love reading and sharing customer reviews on third-party sites like TripAdvisor […]

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Have kids? No problem!

Are you interested in trying whitewater rafting, but have young children? No problem. At Outdoor Rafting Adventures, we can accommodate rafters of all experience levels (newbie to expert) and kids as young as three. It’s important to note that there are two distinct sections of the Big Pigeon River: Upper and Lower. The Upper section […]

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Spring Break 2016: Do something different this year

There’s a reason we all take a short break in the Spring. It’s the season of new life and new possibilities — the season of recharging, rejuvenating and reawakening ourselves. For this reason, schools at every level (kindergarten to postgraduate) offer 1-2 weeks for their students to take advantage of this period of great change […]

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Official 2016 Rafting Season Kickoff

8 Reasons you should never, ever go rafting this spring. Next week is the official start of the rafting season on the Upper Pigeon River! Spring and we have more people than ever signing up to try it out! We aren’t sure what they’re thinking, so we wanted to show all you newbies why you […]