Water activity

Pigeon Forge: Family-Friendly Floating Tour at the Smokies

4.8 / 5

14 reviews

Activity provider: Rafting in the Smokies

Pigeon Forge: Family-Friendly Floating Tour at the Smokies

Activity provider: Rafting in the Smokies
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From US$ 44.80 per person

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Discover the beauty of the Smoky Mountains and Pigeon River on a fun white water rafting tour from Hartford. Ride safely over calm class 1 and 2 rapids with high-quality equipment and a trained guide.

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Duration 2 hours
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Small group
Limited to 7 participants


  • Feel an adrenaline rush as you paddle downriver on a rafting adventure
  • Admire stunning views of the Smoky Mountains as you cruise over the river
  • Navigate through class 1 and 2 rapids on the gentle Lower Pigeon for 6 miles
  • Feel safe as while rafting with well-maintained gear and a trained guide
  • Enjoy a peaceful float with plenty of time to splash and play in the water
  • Relax at the outpost with games, a playground, and a scenic nature trail
Full description

Cruise through the Smoky Mountains on this Pigeon River float for the whole family. Get up close to nature as you splash your way through laid-back rapids that require no previous experience. Get access to a 10-acre island with a nature trail, beanbag toss games, and a playground. Meet your guide at the outpost and get fitted with your helmet and life jacket. Listen as your guide provides you with a safety briefing to ensure you are confident throughout the whole experience. Head out to the Pigeon River and embark on your whitewater trip. Be escorted by your guide down 6 miles of this laid-back section of the river while having fun with your family amid gentle waves and bumpy splashes. Soak in spectacular views of the Smoky Mountains and Pigeon River Gorge.

After your ride, enjoy the amenities at the rafting outpost which has a nature trail, beanbag toss games, and a playground at the water’s edge.

  • Guide
  • Rafting equipment
  • Life jackets and helmets
  • Changing rooms, restroom, and hot showers
  • Storage for car keys
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Children under 3 years

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Meeting point

Meet at the Rafting In the Smokies office. It is in a log building with a red tin roof. From Pigeon Forge, follow Veterans boulevard away from Pigeon Forge and travel until it ends. Turn right onto Dolly Parton Parkway/411, and travel on 411 for about 18 miles until it ends. Turn right on 25/70 and take I-40 east. Travel for 15 miles to exit #447 (Hartford Road). Turn left and the Rafting In the Smokies outpost will be on your right.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Change of clothes
  • Towel
  • Closed-toe shoes

Not allowed

  • Sandals or flip flops
  • Slippers
  • Bare feet

Know before you go

  • This tour takes place rain or shine
  • Expect gentle waves and bumpy splashes
  • This tour does not require the ability to swim
  • Life Jackets are adjustable to 56 inches
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 14 reviews

Review summary

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My family and I did the family experience which we all enjoyed since none of us had ever been white water rafting before. I would for sure recommend this to a family, even with smaller children. There were only about 3 or 4 areas where we were rocking badly. Our instructor was amazing and educated us all very well on what we needed to do to stay safe! Our feet were secured the entire time so there was no chance of falling out.

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August 1, 2022

Ask for MORGAN to be your guide. He is very knowledgeable and a funny guy. From the 8 rafts that departed at our time he was the only one who did the "surf" thing on the river which was really fun. He gave us plenty time to jump into the refreshing water and make the rafting more enjoyable. Next time we will be doing the Upper version, hopefully with him.

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July 5, 2022

Jennifer was excellent! Very organized. Family float perfect for our group which included six kids ages 4-8.

July 28, 2022

Product ID: 415659