The Pigeon River in Tennessee is one of the most popular white water rafting destinations in the southeast, and with good reason. The thrilling rapids, stunning natural setting and family-friendly options make whitewater rafting in the Smoky Mountains an activity that you’ll want to do again and again!
The Pigeon river runs from Haywood county in North Carolina, through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, then into Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
The Pigeon’s many rapids are popular for white water rafting and kayaking due to its close proximity to Knoxville and Asheville. The best time for whitewater rafting is typically from April until November when temperatures are cooler and rain levels are high enough that additional water is added to make it more exciting!
The National Park Service describes this adventure as a thrilling roller coaster ride of raging rapids.
You’re going to want to take this trip with your family and friends. It’s an exciting adventure that will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. The National Park Service describes this trip as a thrilling roller coaster ride of raging rapids, so we won’t give away any more details here! Our guides are experienced in handling all types of white water rafting equipment and can safely get you through class III and IV rapids without incident. This is a ride that’s ideal for adults or teenagers with no experience necessary, so don’t worry if you’ve never been whitewater rafting before; our guides will make sure everyone has fun while they’re at it!
There are two different sections of white water rafting available on the Pigeon River.
The upper section of the Pigeon River is 5 miles long, and it’s perfect for experienced white water rafters who want to try something new. You’ll get to paddle through rapids like Big Rock, Horse Tail Bend, and Gnat Gap, with plenty of opportunities for exciting turns in the river.
The lower section of the river is 2 miles long and suitable for families with children or beginners looking to get their feet wet on their first trip down a white water rafting route. In this section you’ll see some great spots like Little Falls, which marks the beginning of your journey before reaching several smaller falls along your way back upstream toward where you started out at Three Forks Road.
The Upper Section is the longest trip – five miles. This trip goes through class III and IV rapids, ideal for adults or teenagers with no experience necessary.
The Upper Section is a great trip for families with children to enjoy together!
The Lower Section has two different trips available: three and four miles long. This section is ideal for younger kids, young adults, and people who want to learn how to paddle safely before moving on to bigger challenges!
The Lower Section is a shorter trip – two miles. This is great for families with children who are six years or older (weight restrictions apply.) It is also good for groups with less adventurous members.
This section offers narrow canyons and steep drops, so it’s not for the faint of heart! It’s a roller coaster ride of raging rapids, including a few Class III and IV rapids that will have you bracing yourself against your raft as you try to keep from falling out!
The Upper Section is three miles long and offers some pretty intense whitewater – even more than other sections of the Ocoee do. The Upper Section tends to be very crowded during warmer weather months, so plan accordingly if you want to avoid crowds. If you’re looking for something more advanced than what we mentioned above about Class II+/III-IV difficulty level then this would be it!
Enjoy the pristine scenery of the park as you white water raft, then relax at the end of your trip at our riverside picnic area where you can enjoy a delicious burger or hotdog fresh off a grill.
As you white water raft down the beautiful Tennessee rivers, enjoy the pristine scenery of the park as you pass by it. A little after your white water rafting trip is over and you’ve tied up your safety rope, head over to our riverside picnic area where you can enjoy a delicious burger or hotdog fresh off our grill. There’s plenty of seating at this riverside picnic area so bring your family and friends along for a relaxing meal after an invigorating day on the river!
The Tennessee River Gorge is ideal for family vacations. It’s fun, relaxing and family-friendly – whether you’re looking for adventure or just want to relax in nature with some delicious food!
White water rafting on the Pigeon River offers fun for all ages and skill levels!
Do you want to go white water rafting with your family? Do you want to go white water rafting with your friends? If the answer to either of these questions is “yes,” then the Pigeon River is the place for you! The Pigeon River offers fun for all ages and skill levels. There are plenty of exciting adventures waiting for you around every bend in this beautiful river.
The Pigeon River is an awesome white water rafting destination, with a variety of options for all ages and skill levels. The scenery of the Great Smoky Mountains makes this trip even more remarkable!