Pigeon River Rafting: Lower Pigeon Gorge

Distance: 4 MIles

Duration: 3 Hours

Price: Youth From $28, Adult From $35

Age: 3+ Years

Intensity: Float Trip

Share your love for outdoor recreation with your kids on this beautiful section of river. This one-of-a-kind river trip gives parents of young children a great outdoor play option in the Smokies.  NOC’s guides will escort the group down the Lower Pigeon’s mild, splashing waves and family friendly rapids. Planned trip breaks occur at ideal swimming and play spots. Though created for kids, this river tour along the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains entertains the whole family with a relaxed day in the mountains.

NOC provides all necessary gear and equipment.


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Outpost Overview

NOC's Pigeon River Outpost has a park-like setting, with convenient parking, an impressive picnic pavilion, a shady riverside path, and a gigantic field for playing volleyball or a simple frolic.

Onsite facilities include: 

  • Clean restrooms
  • Private changing facilities
  • Hot showers
  • Picnic tables
  • Outpost store with t-shirts, snacks, drinks, sunblock and other sundries
  • Digital slideshow of your rafting trip

Directions

All Pigeon River trips depart from our Pigeon Outpost, located just off of I-40 on the northeastern border of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

From Asheville: Take I-40 West towards Knoxville. Eight miles after the NC/TN state line, take Exit 447 (Hartford Rd). At the bottom of the ramp, turn left and go under I-40. Then turn right onto Hartford Rd. Drive 1/4 mile and turn left at the NOC sign, just as the road starts to bend left. Follow the gravel driveway to our Pigeon River Outpost. Welcome!

From Knoxville: Follow I-40 East towards Asheville, then take Exit 447 (Hartford Rd). If you pass the TN/NC state line, you've missed the exit. At the end of the exit ramp, turn right onto Hartford Rd. Drive 1/4 mile and turn left at the NOC sign, just as the road starts to bend left. Follow the gravel driveway to our Pigeon River Outpost. Welcome!

From Gatlinburg: Take Hwy 321 North to Cosby (light #3 in Gatlinburg). At stop sign in Cosby, make the left turn to stay on 321 (this is a T intersection). Continue on 321 until you reach I-40. Take I-40 East towards Asheville, then take Exit 447 (Hartford Rd). If you pass the TN/NC state line, you've missed the exit. At the end of the exit ramp, turn right onto Hartford Rd. Drive 1/4 mile and turn left at the NOC sign, just as the road starts to bend left. Follow the gravel driveway to our Pigeon River Outpost. Welcome!

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