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The Perfect Smokies Vacation

No Smoky Mountain trip is complete without an NOC rafting adventure! For many families, rafting in the Pigeon River Gorge is one of the highlights of their vacation. The Upper Pigeon provides a full dose of Class III excitement and Smoky Mountain scenery in just three short hours. For families with children three and up, the Lower Pigeon is the perfect float trip with gentle rapids, swimming holes, and beautiful scenery.

Rafters on the Pigeon River Rafting: Upper Pigeon Gorge trip

Upper Pigeon - Exciting Rapids for the Whole Family!

Distance: 5 Miles

Duration: 2.5 Hours

Age: 8+ Years or 70 lbs

Intensity: Intermediate

Lower Pigeon - Perfect Float Trip for Beginners

Distance: 4 miles

Duration: 3 Hours

Age: 3+ Years

Intensity: Float Trip

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Bryson City- 500 Acres of Adventure!

About a 90 minute drive through the mountains is NOC’s 500-acre campus in Bryson City offering water and aerial adventures perfect for families, with onsite restaurants, lodging and shopping.

Adventures include a guided Nantahala River whitewater rafting trip, or aerial adventures like Mountain Top Zip Lining with 360° of the Smokies! Challenge yourself with our Zip Line Adventure Park with a ropes course and climbing wall!

Traverse the local trails with mountain bike rentals or a guided tour!

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