Top 5 Places You Should Go Rafting in the Smokies

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Have you always wanted to go white water rafting? When you stay with us, you have plenty of places to choose from to go rafting in the Smokies! You can take a leisurely ride down the river or add a little more adventure with trips that might have class 3 and 4 rapids along the way. Here are the top 5 places you should go rafting in the Smokies:

1. Smoky Mountain Outdoors

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Smoky Mountain Outdoors is a rafting outpost that has been in operation since 1993. They operate on the Pigeon River. They offer an Upper River Trip that is 6.5 miles long where you might experience class 3 and 4 rapids. This trip is great for older kids to adults. If you want to bring smaller children, you should go on the Lower River Trip that is 5.5 miles long for a more scenic white water rafting experience. If you have a small group and really want some adventure, you could try their Extreme Upper River trip on a smaller raft that makes every rapid feel huge. SMO Rafting also offers kayaking on the river.

2. Rafting in the Smokies

Another great outpost is Rafting in the Smokies. They have been taking tourists rafting since 1978. Their guides will make you feel safe from the start while having a blast out on the water. Rafting in the Smokies not only offers an exciting upper river trip and a relaxing lower river trip. You can also try their ropes course and the rock climbing wall. There’s also a playground for kids to enjoy, as well as a tree top canopy zipline tour you will want to check out!

3. Smoky Mountain River Rat

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At Smoky Mountain River Rat, you’ll have a blast being out on the water. You’ll get to splash around on the river and choose from a variety of trips. Kids who are 3 years old and up can participate in the lower river adventure, while kids who are 8 years old and up can do the upper river and extreme upper river trips. There’s even an option where you can fish from the raft while you’re out on the water! River Rat also has river tubing as another fun activity you will want to try!

4. Outdoor Rafting Adventures

The adventurers in your life will want to go rafting in the Smokies at Outdoor Rafting Adventures. You’ll splash along the river through class 3 and 4 rapids, especially after a food rain! If you want to take it easy on the water, go on the lower river trip. If you are looking for all kinds of adventure, go on the upper river trip. No matter which trip you decide to go on, you’ll have fun with Outdoor Rafting Adventures!

5. Big Bear Rafting

Guides will take you out on the river at Big Bear Rafting for a day full of fun. Try their lower river trip if you just want to relax and cool off a little on a hot day. If you want to end the day soaked head to toe, go on the upper river trip! Big Bear Rafting also offers inflatable kayak rides on the river, which are really fun!

No matter which outpost you decide to go rafting in the Smokies with, you will have a blast. After rafting on the river, you’ll want to come back to relax in a beautiful cabin in the mountains. Look through our Smoky Mountain cabins and pick one that is perfect for your family!