Whitewater Rafting in the Smoky Mountains

For thrill-seekers and outdoor enthusiasts alike, Gatlinburg, Tennessee is the gateway to an unforgettable whitewater rafting adventure. Whitewater rafting in Gatlinburg offers diverse experiences for both beginners and seasoned rafters. The area is renowned for its pristine waterways like the Big Pigeon River, which is segmented into two exciting sections – the Upper Pigeon River and the Lower Pigeon River.

For families or those looking for a laid-back rafting experience, the Lower Pigeon River offers a gentle, yet equally scenic ride. It’s Class I and II rapids provide an ideal environment for first-timers or those who simply want to float along and soak in the stunning natural surroundings. There are even portions of the river where you can take a refreshing swim!

The Upper Pigeon River boasts Class III and IV rapids and is perfect for those seeking a heart-pounding adventure. As you navigate through thrilling rapids like "Accelerator", "Lost Guide" and "Double Reactionary", you'll feel the exhilarating rush of white water rafting.

No matter what level of excitement you’re after, safety is a top priority on all rafting excursions. Gatlinburg’s rafting companies are staffed with experienced guides who not only ensure everyone's safety but also provide intriguing facts about the local flora, fauna, and history of the region. And don't worry about gear – rafting companies provide all the necessary equipment including life vests, helmets, and paddles.

Whitewater rafting in Gatlinburg is more than just a thrilling activity; it's a way to immerse yourself in the stunning natural beauty of the Smoky Mountains, create lasting memories with friends and family, and challenge yourself in a fun and safe environment.

Mountain Laurel Chalet's partnership with Xplorie means that our guests get 1 free whitewater rafting admission for each day of their stay through Big Creek Expeditions. This includes a scenic float on either the Upper Pigeon or the Lower Pigeon. Visit https://xplorie.com/fun/laurel/ to learn more!