Lower Pigeon River

Lower Pigeon River Rafting Trip

Relaxing Float Trip for Families with Kids 3 to 7 Years

Float in calm waters on the Lower Pigeon River on this guided rafting trip through the scenic Smoky Mountains. Kick back, splash, and swim on one of the most beautiful and memorable trips you will spend with family and friends.

 

Perfect for all ages for those who want to be near water, but are not ready for big white water. Each raft is 6 people + guide and may vary with water levels.

Highlights
Ages 3 & up
2 hours
Predominately calm waters
May – September
No experience required
Occasional swim breaks
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We have the most flexible cancellation policy in the area.

Trip Information

What to Expect

Our customers say our tours are the right balance of fun, safety, seriousness, and comedy! Be prepared to be exhilarated and get wet! We'll be with you from start to finish to make your day awesome. Review the 2 raft trip options and if you're not sure which to choose, check out our compare raft trips page or review our frequently asked questions section.

What to Wear & Bring Rafting

Wear
• Only shoes with a secure heel strap, tennis shoes, watershoes.
• No flip-flop sandals allowed. Watershoes are available for sale at the outpost.
• Wear clothes that will be comfortable when wet. Be prepared to get wet! Any quick-dry clothing, activewear, t-shirts, shorts, bathing suit (underneath your clothing), or swim trunks in warmer months
• Wetsuits are available for rent for $10, are ideal in cool weather. Paddle jackets come with wetsuit rental, which will keep you warm from wind and water.

Bring
• A set of dry clothes to change into, after the rafting trip
• Sunscreen - apply before the trip and apply it anywhere not protected by clothing
• Optional: If you would like to film during your trip - like with a GoPro camera, we have a few helmets with the appropriate attachment.

Don't Bring:
• Anything that you don't want to lose in the water.
• Leave your phone locked in your car, and keys safely and securely locked away at our office.

Safety & Cleanliness

Experienced Guides
No one on the river has been at this longer than we have. Our 30+ years of experience ensure you benefit from all of our combined safety and knowledge of the river.

First Aid
Every rafting guide is certified in First Aid and CPR (with some guides even having additional certifications). They’ve all gone through extensive training to make your trip both enjoyable and safe.

Clean & Up To Date Equipment
We will provide you with clean and up-to-date equipment including a personal flotation device (PFD), helmet, and paddle. All of our equipment is thoroughly cleaned and sanitized after every trip. This includes all high-touch areas, including our rafts, paddles, and wetsuits.

Rafting Trip Talk
The guides will give a comprehensive "trip talk" before the trip to explain everything related to safety, using the equipment and the "what if" scenarios and the "how to's" to react. This is a necessary part of your day.

No Drugs or Alcohol
Drugs or alcoholic beverages are not permitted. If we suspect you have consumed anything that will impair you before your trip, you will not be able to participate and will not get a refund.

Safety Waiver
IMPORTANT: A safety waiver must be signed by each participant looking to enjoy a rafting trip with us — both minors and adults. Please download, complete, and bring one safety waiver form for each member of your party before your visit. Download Waiver

Cancellation & Rescheduling Policy

We offer the most flexible cancellation policy in the area.
We get it. Life happens and sometimes you need to change your trip or cancel your rafting plans. We want you to feel confident when you book a trip with us either by phone or online.

Groups of 1-14
• Cancel 48+ hours in advance: Reschedule for free or cancel for a 100% refund
• Cancel 24-48 hours in advance: Reschedule for free or cancel for a 50% refund
• Cancel within 24 hours, no refunds are allowed, because we've already prepared for your trip and likely turned away other customers to save your reservation.

Groups of 15 or more
Cancel 7+ days in advance for a 100% refund or free rescheduling. After that time, no refunds are given, and rescheduling is not guaranteed.

Please understand that we arrange equipment and guides for your group, and given our trip space is limited, we have likely turned away customers because of your reservation.

Seasonal Rafting Schedule

We run rafting trips all year long!
The water flow on Pigeon River is controlled by a dam a few miles upstream, which will vary from season to season.

Spring Rafting
Trip Dates & Times: Varies on water levels

Summer Rafting
Trip Dates & Times: Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday and holidays starting at 11:00am and going every hour until 5:00pm.

Fall Rafting
Trip Dates and Times: Varies with the water levels.

Winter Rafting
Yes! We run rafting trips in winter depending on the conditions! Families love to join us for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years! Even though temps here hover between 50-60° in February and March, we can't keep people out of the water!

What to Expect
Our customers say our tours are the right balance of fun, safety, seriousness, and comedy! Be prepared to be exhilarated and get wet! We'll be with you from start to finish to make your day awesome. Review the 2 raft trip options and if you're not sure which to choose, check out our compare raft trips page or review our frequently asked questions section.
What to Wear & Bring Rafting
Wear
• Only shoes with a secure heel strap, tennis shoes, watershoes. 
• No flip-flop sandals allowed. Watershoes are available for sale at the outpost.
• Wear clothes that will be comfortable when wet. Be prepared to get wet! Any quick-dry clothing, activewear, t-shirts, shorts, bathing suit (underneath your clothing), or swim trunks in warmer months
• Wetsuits are available for rent for $10, are ideal in cool weather. Paddle jackets come with wetsuit rental, which will keep you warm from wind and water.

Bring
• A set of dry clothes to change into, after the rafting trip
• Sunscreen - apply before the trip and apply it anywhere not protected by clothing
• Optional: If you would like to film during your trip - like with a GoPro camera, we have a few helmets with the appropriate attachment.

Don't Bring:
• Anything that you don't want to lose in the water.
• Leave your phone locked in your car, and keys safely and securely locked away at our office.
Safety & Cleanliness
Experienced Guides
No one on the river has been at this longer than we have. Our 30+ years of experience ensure you benefit from all of our combined safety and knowledge of the river.

First Aid
Every rafting guide is certified in First Aid and CPR (with some guides even having additional certifications). They’ve all gone through extensive training to make your trip both enjoyable and safe.

Clean & Up To Date Equipment
We will provide you with clean and up-to-date equipment including a personal flotation device (PFD), helmet, and paddle. All of our equipment is thoroughly cleaned and sanitized after every trip. This includes all high-touch areas, including our rafts, paddles, and wetsuits.

Rafting Trip Talk
The guides will give a comprehensive "trip talk" before the trip to explain everything related to safety, using the equipment and the "what if" scenarios and the "how to's" to react. This is a necessary part of your day.

No Drugs or Alcohol
Drugs or alcoholic beverages are not permitted. If we suspect you have consumed anything that will impair you before your trip, you will not be able to participate and will not get a refund.

Safety Waiver
IMPORTANT: A safety waiver must be signed by each participant looking to enjoy a rafting trip with us — both minors and adults. Please download, complete, and bring one safety waiver form for each member of your party before your visit. Download Waiver
Cancellation & Rescheduling Policy

We offer the most flexible cancellation policy in the area.
We get it. Life happens and sometimes you need to change your trip or cancel your rafting plans. We want you to feel confident when you book a trip with us either by phone or online.

Groups of 1-14
• Cancel 48+ hours in advance: Reschedule for free or cancel for a 100% refund
• Cancel 24-48 hours in advance: Reschedule for free or cancel for a 50% refund
• Cancel within 24 hours, no refunds are allowed, because we've already prepared for your trip and likely turned away other customers to save your reservation.

Groups of 15 or more
Cancel 7+ days in advance for a 100% refund or free rescheduling. After that time, no refunds are given, and rescheduling is not guaranteed.

Please understand that we arrange equipment and guides for your group, and given our trip space is limited, we have likely turned away customers because of your reservation.
Seasonal Rafting Schedule
We run rafting trips all year long!
The water flow on Pigeon River is controlled by a dam a few miles upstream, which will vary from season to season.

Spring Rafting
Trip Dates & Times: Varies on water levels

Summer Rafting
Trip Dates & Times: Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday and holidays starting at 11:00am and going every hour until 5:00pm.

Fall Rafting
Trip Dates and Times: Varies with the water levels.

Winter Rafting
Yes! We run rafting trips in winter depending on the conditions! Families love to join us for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years! Even though temps here hover between 50-60° in February and March, we can't keep people out of the water!

Does someone in your group want to raft the Upper Pigeon River instead?

The Lower Pigeon River Float Trip is a great way to spend your day on the water, but we understand that some adventurous folks want to try the Upper Pigeon Rafting Trip. No problem! Everyone can choose the trip type they wish, and meet up with the group after the trip to share stories.

Our guests LOVE our guides

And You Will Too
They’re friendly rafting experts and energetic entertainers. Also ask them anything about the Smoky Mountains and the area.
"What an amazing time on the river! The guides were a blast but at the same time they were very professional, well-trained and safety conscious."   — Jaime | Google Reviews

Group Getaways

Give your group big stories to tell!
We have options for groups of all sizes and skill levels, and you'll automatically save $13/person when you book a group of 15 or more. Learn about our free trip planning support!
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Pavilion. Playground. Food truck*.

Yeah, we're ready for ya.
We have some of the best riverfront space on the Pigeon River to host your event. With enough room to spread out, enjoy lunch before or after your trip in our beautiful pavilion and take in the scenery of the Smoky Mountains.
*We’re pleased to offer a food truck across the street from our riverside outpost during most days and hours of operation. If you want to check availability before you book, please contact us so we can check with the truck owner, to ensure he’ll be available before or after your tour.

What Our Guests Are Saying

  • October 2021

    We had a fantastic time very professional business our Guide was Justin! He was amazing, very knowledgeable, social and a joy to be around really made the trip fantastic thank you again Justin! We learned a lot and plan on coming again in the future!

    —windfallgnome
  • July 2021

    My husband and I had the BEST time this weekend rafting the Upper Pigeon River in Tennessee. Benny, our raft guide, was awesome! He made sure everyone was comfortable, felt safe and had a blast! I can't say enough good things about the company. It's a top-notch organization and all of the employees are very knowledgeable and super friendly!

    —Susan Lindrew
  • March 2021

    We had a great time on the Upper Pigeon White water Rafting trip! We had 7 of us, so we filled our own boat. Our guide, Karla (aka HR rep ;) ) was hilarious and energetic and made us feel confident in our abilities. We still felt safe with the safety equipment and the response from the other guides in other boats was amazing.

    —Andrea Vernagus
  • May 2021

    The rafting trip was excellent and our guide - Carla - was the best. We have done several white water rafting trips in various parts of the country but this one was among the top. Carla was hilarious, but always serious when it counted and was clearly in control of the raft throughout the trip, which created a calm for all of us in the raft.

    —Tom Lutman

We Can’t Wait For Your Adventure

You're about to feel the rush of white water rafting in the Smoky Mountains. We might be even more excited than you are, because the one thing we love more than rafting is helping other people enjoy it.

Famously Friendly

Ride with the friendliest folks on the river. We’re the team that treats you like family.

High-Value Adventures

From our outpost location on the riverbank with a pavilion and playground, we create one amazing experience.

Nobody’s Been At It Longer

Our 30 years of experience means you get seasoned safety measures, expertly maintained equipment, and unsurpassed knowledge of the river.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which trip should I choose?
Check out our comparison list here
Upper Pigeon Trip
• Fully guided
• No experience necessary
• Age is 8 years old OR 70 pounds. A 7 year old can go IF they weigh at least 70 pounds, an 8 year old can go regardless of weight
• Swimming is not a requirement
• The Upper Pigeon is the trip most groups choose regardless of the level of experience

Lower Pigeon Trip
• Fully guided
• No experience necessary
• Ages 3 and up
• Swimming is not a requirement
• The Lower Pigeon is the most popular trip for groups that have young children 7 and under
• It is very common for groups to have some go on the Upper trip and some go on the Lower trip
How far is it from Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge?
Our rafting outpost is located about 40 miles northeast of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge just a half mile from Interstate 40. It takes most folks an hour to drive. We are the closest rafting to the Smoky Mountains. View map and directions.
What if I can’t swim?
No problem, all guests wear a Type 5 coast guard approved Personal Floatation Device.
Do I need experience?
No experience is necessary for any of our trips.
What is the minimum age?
We have 2 trips to choose from, the Upper Pigeon has Class 3 and 4 rapids with a minimum age of 8 years old OR 70 pounds. The Lower Pigeon Float trip has family friendly Class 2 rapids that are suitable for ages 3 and up.
Will I have a guide?
YES! Our trips are fully guided, each boat will have a professional guide to help make your trip unforgettable. (Please excuse their corny jokes)
What should I wear?
SUMMER
Swim Shorts / T-shirts / Old Tennis Shoes (NO BARE FEET OR FLIP FLOPS ALLOWED). If you wear glasses we recommend eyeglass retainers (we have a variety for sale in the store). Waterproof sunscreen is another good idea

SPRING & FALL
Lightweight, synthetic fabrics are the best when the weather is cooler (Under Armor type clothes). DO NOT WEAR COTTON CLOTHING (no jeans, sweet pants or hoodies). Old tennis shoes with a pair of wool socks will keep your feet warm. If the weather is unseasonably cool we have full wetsuit rentals available for only $10 per person.
What about rain?
Our trips go rain or shine, rafting is the perfect activity on a rainy day. (Pro-Tip: You are going to get soaking wet regardless of the weather). In the event of a stronger storm it is not uncommon for us to delay the trip for a moment to allow the weather to pass.
What if I need to cancel?
We have made sure to have one of the easiest cancellation policies in the rafting industry. When you make a reservation you will have up to 48 hour before your trip to cancel and receive a FULL REFUND. Due to limited availability we cannot give refunds for no shows or for cancellations made with less than 48 hours notice.
Do I need to make a reservation?
Yes. You can call us at 866-333-7238 to make your reservation, or book on our website.
Will I get wet?
Yes! The rapids will splash some water up into the boat, many people also choose to swim during some of the relaxing flat sections of the river. Bring a change of clothing for when you’re done!
More Questions? Let's Chat! (866) 333-7238

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Call Foxfire Mountain at 865.446.5149 and tell them you are rafting with us to get a discounted offer for your zipline tour.
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