Zipline Tours with Rafting in the Smokies in Gatlinburg, TN

3595 Hartford RdHartford, TN 37735
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Offered by Rafting in the Smokies, Zipping in the Smokies offers a fun family adventure located in Hartford, Tennessee. Guests (ages five years and older) can enjoy viewing the 10-acre wooden island from high up in the air, featuring a total of six ziplines crossing two sky bridges. Guests can also enjoy amenities like barbecue grills, picnic tables, swings, nature trails and more.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Hartford Travel Experts
  • Located in Hartford, TN.
  • Participants must be between 45 and 250 lbs.
  • Closed toe shoes required.
  • Allot 1 hour for tour.
  • 6 ziplines and 2 sky bridges.
  • 150' swinging bridge.


from Zipping in the Smokies
Zipline presented by Rafting in the Smokies at our Family Adventure Island, conveniently located right behind our river outpost in Hartford, TN.

Feel the anticipation growing as you cross our 150' swinging bridge to the breathtaking 10-acre wooded island in the middle of the Big Pigeon River. After you receive your safety gear and instruction session with your personal adventure guide, you’ll climb high in the air on our impressive zipline tower. Get set for an adrenaline rush!

Safety First:
  • All participants are fitted with a full body harness and helmet

  • All participants receive thorough safety instruction

  • All tours are accompanied by well-trained adventure guides

  • All stairs and tower levels are equipped with safety rails

  • Clothing Requirements:
    • Capri pants or shorts that are at least mid-thigh in length, t-shirt, and closed toe shoes.

    • Due to harness placement, swimsuits and short shorts are not permitted.


    • Weight requirements:
      • Participants must be between 45 and 250 lbs.

      For your safety, no drinks, alcoholic beverages or food are allowed on the trip. Rafting in the Smokies reserves the right to refuse anyone under the influence.

      Ziplines and rafting excursions are located at the same location at our river outpost where we have changing facilities, restrooms, and hot showers for your convenience.

Tripster Customer Reviews

Heith Swafford
Hixson, TN
1 Review
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"Good equiptment, but not exactly the experience that is advertised."
October 2015
I went to this zipline having done big ziplines like the one at the Ocoee. I was thinking that "Zipping through the Smokies" would be actually going through the mountains, getting above the trees. No doubt it was still fun, all of the staff was good and the equipment was good but the zip was a little boring. There are 5 zips you just go around in a circle and you stay below the trees the entire time. It isn't fast or very exciting. The scenery is beautiful though.

I would recommend this to beginners who want to experience zip lining but don't like being up too high.
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Tip: Know that it is a short course. You will be done in less than 30 minutes.

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Logansport, Indiana
"Don’t walk, RUN from this place!"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed September 11, 2020
Good lord, people, do not go rafting with these folks. Unless you are desperate to have a horrible time, and in that case, go ahead, and ask for Jeff as your guide. We made our reservation several weeks prior online and paid in full at that time. They sent an email confirmation, and even called the day before to confirm the trip, etc. Which was a great thing, and the girl I spoke with was very friendly and kind! We arrived the 45 minutes prior to the departure as requested, even though they didn’t get the show started until 2:55 for our 3:00 departure. When we arrived they told us that the river was low and we would have to split our party of 5 into two different boats as they were only allowing 4 people at a time on a raft. No problem. We can go 3 and 2, that’s no big deal, right? They then shuffled you down to an area completely ridden with bugs and insects swarming around you to listen to Jeff give some kind of safety briefing. This easily could have been done in 10 minutes but instead he carried on and on for 25 minutes saying the same things over and over. It was super fun to stand in the sweltering heat swatting flies and mosquitoes while he boosted his ego listening to himself talk. But never fear, after all the anticipation you can build, you get to go pick out your very own incredibly STINKY (and obviously well-used) life vest and helmet!!!!! It can’t get any better than that, right? Wrong. We were excited to find out that we could all ride in the same raft together, and that Jeff himself (who kept referring to him self as jefe’ which is the Spanish word for “boss”..... eyeroll) was our guide! Great! The river was low. We knew that. We had no idea what we were in for. We are frequent river floaters back home in Indiana, so we know that river levels can sometimes cause you to have to drag your raft. No big deal. We had entirely too much weight in the raft. We spent nearly the ENTIRE trip being caught up on rocks and stuck. Several different times he had us out of the boat standing on moss covered rocks, falling down, being swept away in the current, etc while he stood there saying “I don’t know what to do”....... OR SCREAMING commands such as “stand on the rock, NOW!” like we were children. No joke. By far, the worst part of the whole trip was Jeff and his attitude. He should not work in customer service because he acts more like a drill sergeant than a river guide. He started yelling at us and being condescending from the very moment we got into the raft. He told us we weren’t rowing right, we couldn’t count, we weren’t holding the paddles right, he constantly talked down to us, degraded us, and said rude things the entire trip. He repeatedly told us that he “could not possibly physically carry us all down the river” and everything but called us fat, continuing to comment on “how much weight” we were. There was one particular person in our raft that he was especially mean to. He said things like “why do you not understand the words coming out of my mouth?” And “I don’t know how to say it to get you people to understand”, etc. What a complete jerk. I don’t know who the folks are with the red rafts.......but if you’re going to raft, go with them. Those people were racing past us the whole time and everyone was smiling. I assume they were either having a great time, or laughing hysterically at us looking like a bunch of clowns out there getting stuck on a rock every 50 yards. I sure never saw any of them getting stuck or standing outside their boats on a rock! Also, their guides were smokin’, too, by the way! Bottom line: 1.) Jeff needs a new line of work. He can’t deal with people, and he clearly knows nothing about guiding a raft down the river. 2.) Rafting in the Smokies knew that there was too much weight in our raft and sent us out anyway...... which was likely an opportunity for them to increase revenue. It ruined our rafting trip. 3.) We are some seriously cool and easy to please people, so for me to write such a review means it was REALLY bad. Run. Do not walk, run away from this place.
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Janet C
Ann Arbor
"Wonderful rafting trip"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 25, 2020
We really enjoyed our white water rafting trip with Rafting in the Smokies. We appreciated, during these COVID times, that the windows on the bus transporting us to our launch site were kept open and our life jackets and helmets were dunked in a sanitizing solution immediately after we got out of our rafts. Our guide, Vince, seemed to know the river very well and gave us good instructions as to when and where to paddle. He was lots of fun while at the same time taking his job in guiding us through safely very seriously. For those who love photo documentation, Rafting in the Smokies has a photographer set up in a location where they can take great photos (for puchase).
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Rockford, Illinois
"Great for beginners!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 23, 2020
Really enjoyed our Lower Pigeon trip. Vince was hilarious and kept us all engaged. Highly recommend this trip for beginners.
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"Triple R Outdoors approved!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 17, 2020
We were able to surf! Great guide Nick very knowledgeable and cool! The entire run was great. Thanks Nick for the excellent time!
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"White water rafting"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 15, 2020
My favorite part was when we would go down the rapids and do 360’s with Vince I had a really good time and hope we go again
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Frequently Asked Questions about Zipping in the Smokies

Are there any weight restrictions?
Yes, you have to weigh between 45 and 250 lbs. to participate.

What do I need to wear for the Zipline?
The best thing to wear is long shorts or pants. The material will make the harness more comfortable against your skin. You must also wear shoes that are secure around your ankles: No flip-flops, Crocs, or bare feet please. We recommend sneakers or water shoes. We have changing facilities complete with hot showers, so you can easily transition between outdoor adventure activities.

How many ziplines are there?
There are six ziplines and two sky bridges.  The lines are approximately 600 ft. long and are 40 to 60 ft. high.  It will normally take one hour to complete the course.

How far are you from Gatlinburg?
Our River Outpost is located in Hartford (exit 447 off I-40) about a 30-40 minute scenic drive from Gatlinburg

What about inclement weather?
We operate the Zipline rain or shine — getting wet is half the fun! If there is lightning in the area, our Outpost Managers may delay until the storm has passed. We love liquid sunshine!

If I am pregnant can I go?

Do you have a minimum age for children?
Yes, children must be 5 years old and all participants must weigh at least 45 lbs.

What times are the Zipline available? Can I schedule it on the same day as my Rafting/Ropes Course?
The Zipline operates from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and it is in your best interest to schedule all activities on the same day in order to eliminate unnecessary travel time. Usually we can accommodate your preferred activity schedule.

Is there more to do than Ziplining?
There are lots of great outdoor activities to enjoy with us! We offer rafting and horseback riding (off-site). And while you’re visiting us take time to enjoy the picnic tables with BBQ grill, swings, bean bag toss game, swimming beach, and nature trail all on our Family Adventure Island accessed by a 150-ft swinging bridge.