Enjoy a relaxing float trip just 25 miles from Gatlinburg!
Relax and cool off on this 2-hour guided rafting trip through the Smoky Mountains on a guided raft with your family. Minimum age is 3 years old and is perfect for people and families wanting to be near the water, but not yet ready for big white water.
This experience features numerous opportunities to swim in calm, flat water and will introduce your group to beginner-level Class I, II, and III white water. This trip is fun for everyone, regardless of age, and we take every step to ensure safety is our number one goal. You do not need to know how to raft or swim for this trip and a personal flotation device will be provided.
We’ve got the best guides on the Pigeon River!
Our highly trained guides know the Pigeon River extremely well, and they will always provide a charismatic, entertaining, and informational experience. We encourage you to ask any questions you have about the Pigeon River, Smoky Mountains, surrounding attractions, or rafting in general!
The starting point for the lower section of the Pigeon River is at our outpost, where you will get your equipment and instructions and start your rafting adventure. You will enjoy about 2 hours of time on the river, then have a 10 minute return bus ride back to the outpost.
Does someone in your group want to experience the Upper River Whitewater? No problem!
The Lower Pigeon River Float Trip is a great way to spend your day on the water, but we understand that some large groups will have folks that want to try the Upper Pigeon River Rafting Trip. To accommodate groups that would like to take on both trips, we make sure to schedule all Lower River trips to run at the same time as the Upper River trips.
The two different experiences will meet at the same place on the river, and you the Lower River group will return about 15 minutes after your friends on the Upper Section – the perfect amount of time to change clothes and organize your evening plans!
Lower Pigeon River Seasonal Schedules
The water flow on the Pigeon River is controlled by a dam a few miles upstream of our launch area. During the summer months (Mid-May through Mid-September) the water release is only available on guaranteed rafting days, which are: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday during rafting season with trips starting at 1:30pm, 3:30pm and 5:00pm. However, we will reserve lower trips on non-guaranteed days if we believe there is a good chance that there will be a dam release.
Spring and Fall Schedule
There are numerous opportunities to swim in flat water and to be introduced to beginning Class I, II, and III whitewater trips. The levels changes daily but we typically have trips departing 7 days a week!