Whitewater Rafting


If you are a fan of water sports, you must take advantage of Cocke County's blossoming whitewater rafting industry on the Pigeon River.  Located in Hartford, just off Interstate 40 at exit 447, and just minutes from the North Carolina state line, there are eleven rafting companies waiting to take you on the wild water adventure of your life.  Come to Cocke County and ride five miles of white water containing eighteen class two, three, and four rapids on the Upper Pigeon River in professionally guided, six-person rafts.  Each reputable company employs only certified guides and maintains the highest standards of operation.  Most companies are seasonal from March - November and the best rafting days are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturday (Memorial Day to Labor Day) because the river levels are controlled by a nearby dam, which has guaranteed water releases on these days. Give them a call!

LOWER PIGEON RIVER RAFTING


For people not wanting to experience the rough and tumble ride of the Upper Pigeon River, or for those people who have never been whitewater rafting before, a calmer, more serene route is available through all rafting companies utilizing the Lower Pigeon River.  This more laid-back and scenic section of the river is perfect for a family float.  Why go to an amusement park just to stand in line for a man-made water ride when Cocke County has the natural alternative coursing through the Cherokee National Forest and engulfed in the shadows of the wonderfully majestic Great Smoky Mountains.

THE FRENCH BROAD RIVER


A Conservation Coalition is forming to protect and enhance one of East Tennessee’s most valuable resources- the French Broad River. Partners are collaborating to create an Open Space corridor of river and land, enhanced for recreation and rural preservation that would include a Blueway, equestrian trail, wildlife refuge, historic sites, natural areas, parks and agricultural land.

Guide to the French Broad River

Listed below in alphabetical order are the companies operating in Hartford on the historic Pigeon River.

Big Bear Rafting
Address
3165 Big Creek Rd.

Hartford, TN 37753

Phone
(855) 866-5189
423-487-4188

www.bigbearrafting.com
info@bigbearrafting.com

 

BIG CREEK EXPEDITIONS

Come enjoy the Smoky Mountains by rafting the Pigeon River. Ride down the river with experienced guides and enjoy the highlight of your vacation. This half day whitewater rafting trip will be the talk of your vacation. The outpost is in close proximity to Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville and Knoxville, Tennessee and a short drive from Asheville, North Carolina.

Address
3541 Hartford Road
Hartford, TN 37753
 

Phone
(866) 477-7238 
(423) 487-0178
www.bigcreekexpeditions.com
jfelderman@bigcreekexpeditions.com
 

5 RIVERS ADVENTURES

We offer the most experienced guides on the river, and great scenery.

           

5 Rivers Adventures
3677 Hartford Road (physical)
PO Box 137 (mailing)
Hartford, TN 37753

1-888-204-8779

fiveriversadventures.com
5riversadventures@gmail.com


 

NANTAHALA OUTDOOR CENTER

World wide adventure travel - white water rafting - adventure vacations - complete packages.
Canoeing | Hiking Trails | White Water Rafting

Address
3485 Hartford Rd.
Hartford, TN 37753

Phone: (866) 688-7238
www.NOC.com
 

OUTDOOR RAFTING ADVENTURES

Create unforgettable memories while visiting the Smokies while our highly trained and entertaining guides maneuver you through exciting white water on the Pigeon River.
Address
3635 Trail Hollow Road
Hartford, TN 37753

Phone
(866) 333-RAFT (7238)
(423) 487-2085
www.raftoutdooradventures.com
info@outdooradventures.com
 

RAFTING IN THE SMOKIES

Our staff works together to ensure the best total experience you can have.  Ziplines, too!


Address
3595 Hartford Rd.
Hartford, TN 37753
Phone
(800) PRO RAFT
(423) 487-5252

www.raftinginthesmokies.com
Rafting@RaftingInTheSmokies.com


 




 

RAPID EXPEDITIONS

           

Let our professional guides take you safely down the Big Pigeon River.

 


           
Address
3605 Hartford Road 
Hartford, TN 37753

Phone
(423) 487-0160 
1 (888) 504-RAFT
www.rapidexpeditions.com
info@rapidexpeditions.com
 

RIP ROARING ADVENTURES

Let our professional guides entertain you and take you safely  down the Big Pigeon River.

Address
3114 Big Creek Rd.
Hartford, TN 37753

           

Phone
(800) 449-7238
(423) 487-0231
 

SMOKY MOUNTAIN OUTDOORS

We offer you the longest trips available (2 hours on the water) and the most experienced guides on the river.  We do just one river, and we do it the best!

Address
3299 Hartford Road
Hartford, 37753
 

Phone
(800) 771-7238
(865) 430-3838

www.smokymountainrafting.com
rafter@planetc.com
 

USA RAFT



Address
3630 Hartford Road
Hartford, 37753


Phone
(423) 487-4303

info@usaraftsmokymountains.com
www.usaraftsmokymountains.com
 

WILDWATER RAFTING


Address
3555 Hartford Road
Hartford, 37753


Phone
(800) 451-9972
(423) 487-3307

www.wildwaterrafting.com