We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
  • Electronic Voucher Accepted
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Languages Offered: English
Rafting on the lower Pigeon River is one of the best attractions in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. It's a 5.5-mile trip through the scenic Pigeon River gorge. This adventure begins at the outpost and ends at the Denton Bridge. From there we bus you back up to the outpost. During your Pigeon River rafting trip you will run about 50 Class 1 and 2 rapids with one Class 3 at the end. Water fights and splashing are very popular on the lower Pigeon River.

There is a guide in every raft. You will be provided with a lifejacket, helmet, and paddle for every rafter.
Locations visited
Smoky Mountain Outdoors
Prepare to get wet on an exciting Smoky Mountain rafting adventure down the Pigeon River. Even if it’s your first time, grab a paddle and navigate dozens of class I and II rapids that offer plenty of splashes and thrills but are perfect for beginners. The closest rafting to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, this 2-hour afternoon trip makes a great addition to any Smoky Mountain family vacation.
  • 2-hour rafting tour down the Lower Pigeon River
  • Splash through class I and II rapids in the scenic Smoky Mountains
  • Great way to fit in rafting on a trip to Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge
  • Family-friendly adventure suitable for kids as young as 3 years
  • No rafting experience required; perfect for beginners
  • Multiple times offered throughout the day
Filter reviews
12 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
See what travellers are saying:
Updating list...
1 - 5 of 12 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Lower rafting

We had young child so we had to do the lower trip. It is very mild! We will definitely do the upper next time. We did enjoy our trip, just wish it had a little more white water. Our guide was hunter and he did...More

Thank calliemel
Reviewed 9 July 2018
So beautiful

Ask for the Reverend as your guide.(Dean I believe). We had a blast. He was so entertaining and has been doing this 38 years. He is amazing. The lower end is more relaxing and easier. Great for all ages.

Thank FamFunFab5
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 3 September 2017 via mobile
Want to do it again right now!!!

Oh my gosh where do I start? We did the sightseeing raft tour because my 10yo was so nervous but I am so glad he was because we never would have met our guide!! Charles was THE BEST guide! Charles made sure even my nervous...More

2  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 29 March 2017
Beware of early season days - "water not guaranteed"

My family and I went rafting in the early part of March. Prior to booking the tour, and had called and spoke to someone on the phone about the tour and was pretty confident that we would get to experience at least a few moments...More

2  Thank Bill_1971
Reviewed 2 July 2016
Best part of our vacation!

We rafted on the lower Pigeon River with our 3 children. They loved it! Our guide, Kayla, was well trained. The staff was friendly and entertaining as well. Thanks for a great time on the river! Book ahead because they get busy.

1  Thank julcoop4
View more reviews
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Lower Pigeon River Rafting Tour staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines
Travellers Also Viewed
Upper Pigeon Smoky Mountain River...
2 Reviews
from US$ 45.85*
French Broad River Helicopter Flight
6 Reviews
from US$ 27.44*
Hidden Cascade Hike in Great Smoky...
89 Reviews
from US$ 60.00*
Frequently bought together
Day Tour: Moonshine and Wine Tasting...
36 Reviews
from US$ 55.00*
Sights of the Smokies All Day Tour
15 Reviews
from US$ 125.00*
Titanic Museum Pigeon Forge Admission...
17 Reviews
from US$ 29.00*
The Comedy Barn in Pigeon Forge
11 Reviews
from US$ 33.62*