Rip-Roaring Adventures Pigeon River Rafting in Hartford, TN

3555 Wheat RoadHartford, TN 37753
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Are you ready for white water rafting adventure in the Smokies? If so, let Rip Roaring Adventures be your guide! You can choose from the Upper Pigeon River, featuring thrilling whitewater rapids, or opt for the Lower Pigeon River, which is slower-paced and kid-friendly. Either option you choose, you’ll enjoy a scenic outdoor adventure tour that’s sure to be a highlight of your vacation.

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from Ashley, one of our Hartford Travel Experts
  • Raft Upper or Lower Pigeon River.
  • 60+ rapids on Upper section tour.
  • Upper section features Class III and IV rapids.
  • Lower section features Class I and II rapids.
  • 45-minute drive from Gatlinburg.
  • Bring towels and change of clothes.
  • Closed-toed shoes required.
  • Raft rain or shine.


from Rip-Roaring Adventures Pigeon River Rafting
Offering the best Smoky Mountain white water rafting trips for over 20 years! Rip Roaring Adventures offers white water rafting adventures on the Pigeon River. Spice up your next trip to Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge, Tennessee by spending a day whitewater rafting on the Pigeon River with the crew from Rip Roaring Adventures in Hartford TN.

The Upper Pigeon is our most Popular Trip and is the most Fun, Family Friendly Activity to do in the Smokies! This Trip is One and a Half Hours on the river. The Upper Pigeon offers action-packed class III & IV rapids that are safe enough for the entire family (ages 8+) with no rafting experience is necessary.

The mellow flowing Lower Pigeon section is the perfect scenic rafting tour for children 3 years and older and anyone wanting to enjoy a cool relaxing family float down the river with your own personal guide to keep you entertained. This six-mile section of gentle class I and II rapids is perfect for you and your group to enjoy splashing and swimming while cooling off from the hot summer heat.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Rip-Roaring Adventures Pigeon River Rafting

What should I wear?
Different seasons call for different attires. When Pigeon River rafting in Gatlinburg during spring, we recommend you wear layered clothing with synthetics such as fleece or polypropylene. Rip-Roaring Adventures offers a Wetsuit Package or Paddle Jacket rental for an additional fee per person and no fee for children under age 5. For the warm summer months, we advise you to wear something simple like shorts and a shirt or a bathing suit. Regardless of the season, we require the use of secure footwear such as tennis or water shoes, or sandals with a strap around the heels. Absolutely no flip-flops allowed! We also recommend you bring towels, a change of clothes, an extra pair of shoes – getting soaked is unavoidable!

What if I can’t swim?
Do not worry because you are not alone, many rafters cannot swim either. Rip-Roaring Adventures provides and requires all their guests to wear Coast Guard-approved vests.

What if it rains?
All rafting trips go rain or shine – you will get wet regardless, so there is no need to worry!

What are guaranteed days on the Pigeon River?
Guaranteed water release days for Pigeon River rafting, after Memorial Day, are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. As the Big Pigeon River is dam-controlled, guaranteed release days are only available for the months of May, June, July, and August.

What else can I expect from the trip?
There are shower and changing facilities on-site for those going on the rafting trip. A free picnic area and fire pit are also available for those who would rather watch as friends and family go white water rafting and don’t forget to bring your instruments. Musicians and impromptu jam sessions welcome!

Please Note: Consumption of Alcohol or drugs is not permitted. Anyone impaired or under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be excluded without refund.