Things to do in Des Moines
Scenic Floats on the Pigeon River with Big Creek Expeditions
As the Pigeon River comes out of the steeper parts of the gorge it calms down a bit. Beginning at our outpost, the Lower Section of the Pigeon River is perfect for those looking for a scenic float trip of the Smoky Mountains. Ages 3 and up. Experience is not required, and each raft will have one of our professional guides.
Lower Pigeon River Rafting Tour
Closest rafting to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Family fun for children as young as 3! This trip is an amazing outdoor experience on the 5.5-mile Lower Pigeon Rafting Trip. Great for young children or those looking for more of a float trip.
Zipline Canopy Tour
Soar through the air on 6 ziplines and 2 skybridges ranging from 60-80 feet off the ground for a total of 2400 feet long!
White Water Rafting Experience on the Upper Pigeon River
The Pigeon River gorge cuts east to west across the Smoky Mountains from North Carolina and into Tennessee. As one of the most popular rafting trips in America, the Upper Section of the Pigeon River offers guests with the best introduction to whitewater anywhere.
Lower Pigeon River Scenic Family Float Trips
Float down the lower section of the Big Pigeon River, which has calm Class I and Class II rapids. Accompanied by one of Rafting in the Smokies friendly, professional river guides, your family and friends will be escorted down 6 miles of this casual and laid back section of the river.
Lower Pigeon Scenic Float Trip
Take a beautiful float trip with us down the serene, peaceful Lower Pigeon River. Perfect for families with small children ages 3 and UP, grandparents and anyone wanting a relaxing day on the river while enjoying the majestic Smoky Mountains and Cherokee National Forests.
Upper Pigeon River Rafting Trip from Hartford
Smoky Mountain Outdoors Upper Pigeon River Trip is a Tripadvisor Top 10 Experience with a Travelers' Choice award, and the closest whitewater rafting trip to the cities of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge! No experience is needed, so all are welcome. Experience Class 3 to Class 4 whitewater rapids with a top-rafted rafting outfitter. This is the longest rafting trip on the Pigeon River, equipped with a guide in every raft.
Exciting Upper Pigeon Smoky Mountains Rafting Trip
Experience the excitement of class 3 & 4 Rapids on the Upper Pigeon River Rafting Trip. Take in the beauty of The Great Smoky Mountains and Cherokee State Parks while paddling your way down this 5.5 miles of scenic river with your family of all ages 8 and up. Great for beginners and thrill seekers alike. Our guides are experienced and swift water rescue trained to insure your safety while providing a memorable experience that your family and friends will never forget. One of the best outdoor activities in The Great Smoky Mountains.
Fall Upper Pigeon Smoky Mountains Rafting Trip
There is no better way to experience the majestic beauty of the Smoky Mountains in the Fall than taking a whitewater rafting trip on the Upper Pigeon River. Due to variable water levels, this trip could be a leisure scenic float or exciting class 3 & 4 rapids. Either trip you get is an experience like no other in the Smoky Mountains! Must be 8 years old and up.
Upper Pigeon River Whitewater Rafting Trip
UPPER SECTION (Pigeon River) The Big Pigeon River boasts twelve class III and three class IV whitewater thrilling rapids! Accompanied by one of Rafting in the Smokies professional river guides, you'll be escorted down five miles of lively whitewater, rafting through class III & IV rapids such as "Too Late, Vegamatic, Razor Blade, After Shave, and Lost Guide."
Spring Rafting Trip through the Great Smoky Mountains
Spring is a beautiful time in The Great Smoky Mountains. The vegetation returns, the buds bloom in the Smoky Mountains, and there’s no better way to experience the view than rafting down the mighty Upper Pigeon River. Between Labor Day and Memorial Day we are no longer guaranteed dam release on the Pigeon River. This doesn’t mean we do not raft the river, it just means that we are rafting at natural river flows which can be unpredictable. You may discover the rush and excitement of class 3 and 4 rapids or you may enjoy a serene, peaceful scenic trip while rafting between the Great Smoky Mountains and Cherokee national forest. Just ask our staff what the river looks like that day, and we’ll let you know.
Upper Pigeon Rafting Adventure
Looking for a unique, guided Whitewater Rafting expedition? We are a premium outfitter that caters every adventure to what our guests want to experience! Come raft with us on the Pigeon River - #1 Whitewater Rafting destination in the United States. Our Upper Pigeon expedition features five miles of scenic river with rapids ranging from class III to IV and refreshing swimming holes to enjoy along the way. Surrounded by the beauty and grandeur of the Cherokee National Forest and the Great Smoky Mountains, the Upper Pigeon River combines racing rapids with natural beauty to bring you the excitement of rafting in the Smoky Mountains.
The Best Whitewater Rafting
Raft the Upper Pigeon River in Tennessee on this exciting 2-hour guided trip through the beautiful Smoky Mountains. A perfect trip for groups, families, and couples with no experience or wanting to add to their white water rafting stories! Expect to get soaking wet and have lots of fun! Our guides pride themselves on our safety training and record as well as their ability to entertain you with our stories and humor while navigating you through class III and class IV rapids. Experience what rafting is about with the most popular white water river on the east coast, with the Great Smoky Mountains as our backdrop. YOU NEED TO BE HERE A HALF HOUR BEFORE YOUR TRIP TO CHECK IN AND ALLOW AN HOUR COMING FROM THE SMOKY MOUNTAIN AREA
The Best Family Float Trip
This guided float trip is perfect for those who aren’t quite ready for big rapids, but still enjoy the outdoors. Children as young as 3 years-old are welcome on this introductory white water rafting trip, as well as non-swimmers and rafting beginners. This float trip offers you plenty of chances to relax and even take a dip in the river! ***THE FAMILY FLOAT TRIPIS IS FOR GROUPS WITH SMALL CHILDREN UNDER 8 YEARS OLD. IF YOUR GROUP IS ALL AGES 8 AND ABOVE (EVEN IF YOUR GROUP HAS NEVER BEEN RAFTING BEFORE) WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND CALLING. YOU NEED TO BE HERE A HALF HOUR BEFORE YOUR TRIP TO CHECK IN AND ALLOW AN HOUR COMING FROM THE SMOKY MOUNTAIN AREA
Xtreme Upper Pigeon River Rafting Adventure
You won't find another Rafting adventure like this in the Smokies! Our specialized Xtreme raft plus our world-class guides allows you to enter each rapid with more agility and control, so you are sure to get wet and feel the full excitement of every rapid. This is the ultimate way to raft in the Smokies! Each X-Boat hold up to four rafters plus your experienced guide. Have more than 4 people? We will send you in multiple boats at the same time. Enjoy the adrenaline rushes while rafting through the stunning beauty of the Cherokee National Forest and the Great Smoky Mountains.