Pigeon River

Rafting in the Great Smoky Mountains

In the Smokies, there are as many prongs, forks, and stems of the Pigeon River as there are Peachtree Streets in Atlanta. But they eventually all converge into the Big Pigeon River. Flowing along the northern border of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, the small mountain streams of the Smokies become a rolicking river with splashy waves and continuous action.  

NOC offers rafting trips on two sections of the Pigeon. For many families, rafting on the Pigeon Gorge is the highlight of their Smoky Mountain 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. 

You will take out at NOC's private riverside Pigeon rafting outpost, site of the 2013 World Cup Freestyle Kayaking Championships. Make this summertime classic part of your Smoky Mountain vacation!

Pigeon River Rafting: Upper Pigeon Gorge

Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge, TN

Distance: 5 Miles

Duration: 2.5 Hours

Price: $39.99

Age: 8+ years

Weight Range:70+ Pounds

Intensity: Intermediate

A cornerstone of Smokies vacations, the Pigeon is the closest whitewater rafting tour to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Learn More

Pigeon River Rafting: Lower Pigeon Gorge

Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge, TN

Distance: 4 MIles

Duration: 3 Hours

Price: $24.99-$29.99

Age: 3+ Years

Intensity: Float Trip

A river adventure built for kids 3+. This trip offers easy rapids and play opportunities both in and out of the water. Learn More