Lower Pigeon River Family Float Trip
Take in some of the best scenery in the Smoky Mountains as you leisurely go rafting and float down the Pigeon River on this fantastic Lower Pigeon River Family Float Trip.
This two-hour float trip offers family members and friends the opportunity to explore the beautiful Pigeon River and surrounding area on the calm lower section of the river. Accompanies by professional river guides, your family and friends can see more than six miles down this beautiful river on a casual trip that requires no prior experience. The lower section of the Pigeon River is controlled by a dam that has scheduled water releases between Memorial Day and Labor Day, which means that you will have the opportunity to float on these Class I and Class II waves as the water is released into the river. With these calm waves, this float trip is the perfect way for your family to experience the beauty of the Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg area, as well as the excitement of a family adventure.
Your group will set out from the Pigeon River Outpost in Hartford, Tennessee, and you will be transported to an area of the river known for its beautiful and numerous wildlife. Also known for its calmness, this section of the river allows you to get off the raft and swim if desired. Enjoy the fantastic views, as the river in this area borders the Smoky Mountains National Park, Cherokee National Forest, Martha Sundquist State Forest, and the Appalachian Trail, some of the most dramatic country in East Tennessee.
After your trip, you will return to the ten-acre island, where you can enjoy a picnic as well as the play areas located at the water's edge. This Family Adventure Island, which is accessed by a 150-foot swinging bridge, is equipped with barbecue grills, swings, a bean bag toss game, a swimming beach and wading area, and a nature trail.
This Lower Pigeon River Family Float Trip offers you the opportunity to explore one of the most beautiful areas of the Smokies. The Pigeon River gives you a thrilling ride, but it conveniently requires no expertise, making it ideal for family activities. This locally owned business promotes sustainable tourism, which means that taking care of the natural resources, the heritage of the locals, and sharing the outdoor experiences with guests are the most important principles for Rafting in the Smokies.
Important Information:This float trip rafts rain or shine, so whatever the weather, all participants should meet at the river outpost 45 minutes prior to the trip time. When the weather makes it necessary, guests are provided with complimentary nylon jackets and pants, and wet suits are available for an additional price. Be sure to wear waterproof sunscreen, especially during the summer.
Also be prepared to get wet. Swimming suits and synthetic material shorts are recommended, and be sure that your shoes are appropriate, as proper footwear is required to participate in your rafting trip. Crocs, flip-flops, and bare feet are not allowed. For after your float trip, a towel and change of clothes is recommended, and changing facilities, restrooms, and showers are available.
For those who wear glasses, it is recommended that you use an eyeglass retainer, and they are available at the on-site store for an additional price. Your car keys can be left with the staff in a safe location during your float trip so that they are not lost on the river. Please refrain from wearing jewelry, and only bring a camera if it is waterproof, as it will get wet on the float trip. If you desire photographs, the Rafting in the Smokies professional photographer takes a series of photos of each raft, and those images are available for purchase after your trip.
Life jackets (personal flotation devices) and helmets are provided for all guests and are a requirement in order to participate. All participants must be able to fit in a 56” life jacket. Each raft sits seven people, plus the friendly tour guide.
- What is included in the admission price for Lower Pigeon River Family Float Trip ?
All gear and float trip is included.
- What level of physical ability is required?
Minimal physical ability is required, but no experience is necessary.
- Is Lower Pigeon River Family Float Trip guided or a non-guided timed equipment rental?
This is a guided adventure.
- What type of clothing is appropriate?
Swimsuits/casual clothing you do not mind getting wet.
- What age is Lower Pigeon River Family Float Trip appropriate for?