Rafting at Wildwater Adventure Center in Hartford, TN

3555 Hartford RdHartford, TN 37753
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Spend a day filled with outdoor adventure and beautiful views! Wildwater Adventure Center brings you summertime savings on white water rafting near Pigeon Forge and sits on the banks of the Big Pigeon River in Hartford, Tennessee in the Smoky Mountains. Enjoy all their great outdoor experiences including white water rafting and ziplining. Bring your family and friends for lots of family friendly fun.


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Rafting and Ziplining - All at one location! Come spend a day filled with adventure and beautiful views!

Bring your family and friends and come join us on the river and in the sky. Let the experts at Wildwater Pigeon River Adventure Center take you on a relaxing trip down the Lower Pigeon’s class I and II rapids, or brave the challenge of the Upper Pigeon’s class III and IV whitewater. For your best value combine a raft trip with a zipline experience and lunch - all in one location.

Our adventure center sits right on the banks of the Big Pigeon River and is located in beautiful Hartford, TN, a short scenic drive from Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville. Surrounded by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cherokee National Forest, Martha Sundquist State Forest, and the Appalachian Trail, the Pigeon River has carved a deep gorge through some of the most spectacular landscapes and vistas in the country.

Upper Pigeon River (whitewater trip):
The upper section of the Big Pigeon River offers up twelve class III, and three class IV exciting whitewater rapids for you to conquer! Let one of our knowledgeable and professional whitewater river guides escort you down five miles of raging rapids like “Powerhouse, Too Late, Rollercoaster, Lost Guide and Accelerator!” This is non-stop continuous whitewater excitement!
  • No experience necessary.

  • Minimum requirements: 8 years old or 70 lbs.

  • Approximately 1 ½ hours on the river.

The upper portion is Dam-controlled from Memorial Day until Labor day but we still raft in the early spring. These trips can range from class I - II rapid to III - IV rapids. The water levels vary due to rain and the power companies need to generate power. On lower water days you will experience a beautiful float trip with the possibility of larger whitewater. Either way you will experience the beauty of the Smoky Mountain area.

Lower Pigeon River (fun float trip):
The lower section of the Big Pigeon River is perfect for younger children or those that want to enjoy a milder river adventure. This is a fantastic way to enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the area, from deep within the river gorge. Rafters will encounter numerous class I and class II rapids, with lots of time to play and splash, as well as one exciting class III rapid near the end of your trip. This is an excellent opportunity to witness the magnificent beauty of this area. Sit back, relax, and enjoy nature’s splendor.
  • No experience necessary.

  • Minimum age 4 years old.

  • Approximately 2 hours on the river.

All Wildwater Pigeon River trips are guided by a fully trained, certified, professional river guide. All of our friendly, and knowledgeable guides are required to have a minimum certification of CPR.

Rafting at Wildwater Adventure Center Reviews

4 Reviews
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Lori Gravatte
1 Review
"Awesome zip lining adventure!"
July 2017
I highly recommend zip lining at this place! It was so much fun for my husband and I, being it was our first time and our guides they were both very knowledgeable and patient. Zip lining under a canopy of trees and over the Pigeon River was totally awesome? It was an awesome day that won't be forgotten!
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Tip: You are going to love this experience. You will have to walk up considerable steps but it is all under a canopy of trees.

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cathy underwood
1 Review
August 2016
My husband and I rafted for the first time this summer! Loved it! We had Rachel for a guide and she was awesome!!! She explained everything and was very fun to talk to going down the river!!! Couldn't have had a better guide!!!!! We plan on returning next summer and hope we can have her again!!!!
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arisa loup
Glynn, LA
1 Review
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"Great time!"
August 2016
This was the first time my husband and I had been white water rafting, and we had the best time! We loved our guide, he was very knowledgable about anything we asked! It was a beautiful day and a fun time.
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Tip: Get ready to get wet! Our raft didn't flip, but we watched the one in front of us flip!

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South Lyaon, MI
1 Review
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"Wildwater Advanture"
February 2015
It was an amazing experience from the beginning till the end, really enjoyed it
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Tip: extra cloth and some snaks and water, and swiming clothes

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