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 in the Tennessee mountains. 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 and Gatlinburg, TN entertains the whole family with a relaxed day in the mountains.

NOC provides all necessary gear and equipment.


What our Guests are Saying:



Guest Testimonials

Perfect Introduction to Whitewater

By: Charley J.
Grand Cayman

We did the Lower Pigeon float trip, as our youngest daughter at six isn't old enough to do a full rafting trip. It was perfect for us. Lots of gentle drifting, a few bumpy spots to keep us all entertained, two swim stops, an impromptu stone skimming lesson, great guides, cool, clean facilities. Clean, safe, professional, and great fun. If there was a negative it would be that the route takes you close to traffic noise at a few spots, but otherwise you're paddling through the smokey mountains only interrupted by the dragonflies. Badger was a hugely fun, knowledgable, and confident guide. Perfect introduction to whitewater.

Highly Recommend

By: Jon J.
Glen Ellyn, IL

Did a rafting tour with my wife and twin 5-year old girls and loved it.  Our guide Chelsea was fantastic and could not have made the trip any more enjoyable.  The trip was great for the girls as it was not too physical but enough fun where they had a blast.  I thought the price was reasonable for the family and would highly recommend this company!

Great for Kids

By: Corey F.
TripAdvisor Review

We rode the Lower Pigeon River and it was perfect for our 2 kids (4 and 11). It was also our first time whitewater rafting. Chelsea was our guide and was very informative and fun. Although some may think this is too tame, I found it just right for your young children



Outpost Overview

NOC's Pigeon River Outpost in Hartford, Tennessee 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. Pigeon rafting trips meet at this outpost.

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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