About Rafting with
Big Creek Expeditions
Come enjoy the Appalachian Mountains by rafting the Pigeon River in beautiful Hartford, TN! This half day whitewater rafting expedition will be the talk of your vacation! It offers two different rafting trips appropriate for any age and skill level; the Upper Section rides through class III and IV rapids for ages 8 and up (or 70+ pounds), while the Lower is a scenic float trip for ages 3 and up.
More Information on Rafting with
Big Creek Expeditions
Experience the best whitewater rafting in the Great Smoky Mountains! Big Creek Expeditions, Inc. is a whitewater rafting company located on the Pigeon River in beautiful Hartford, Tennessee. We are one of the premier attractions in Eastern TN. No matter the size of your group, Big Creek Expeditions, Inc. will give you the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the Smokies on a professionally guided whitewater rafting adventure.
Upper Pigeon River
The Upper Section of the Pigeon River offers a classic whitewater trip for ages 8 and up (or 70+ lbs). Perfect for groups, families, couples or individuals with a thirst for adventure, regardless of skill levels. No experience necessary–each boat is guided by a professional, experienced guide navigating you through class III-IV rapids. Enjoy the best the Smoky Mountains has to offer while getting soaking wet and making lifelong memories.
Lower Pigeon River
The Scenic Float trip is a beautiful Class I-II trip through the gorge as the Pigeon River cuts its way through the mountains. Offering trips for ages 3 and up, the Scenic Float trip allows guests to bask in the splendor of the Smoky Mountains while cooling off from the summer heat. Perfect for those wanting to spend a day enjoying the mountains and being on the water, but not quite ready for the adrenaline packed Upper Section. An experienced, professional guide in each boat, no experience necessary.
Good To Know
- 45 minute drive from Gatlinburg.
- Bring a change of clothes and towel.
- Closed toed shoes required.
- Raft rain or shine.
- All guides are certified.
- Pregnant women cannot raft.
- Children ages 3 and up can raft lower section.
- Age requirement is 8+ for upper section.
- Raft Upper or Lower Pigeon River.
- Upper section features Class III & IV rapids.
- Lower section features Class I and II rapids.
- 60+ rapids on Upper section tour.
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