Pigeon River Rafting: Upper Pigeon Gorge

Distance: 5 Miles

Duration: 2.5 Hours

Price: From $40

Age: 8+ years

Weight Range:70+ Pounds

Intensity: Intermediate

The Pigeon River provides a popular whitewater rafting option for guests staying in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge or the national park. Its fast shuttle and quick 5 miles of splashing wave trains and bouncy hydraulics make this the most convenient river tour NOC offers. With nearly-continuous Class II-IV rapids like Lost Guide and Accelerator and views into Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Upper Pigeon delivers. This trip on the Pigeon can be combined with a visit to Big Creek—one of the Smokies’ most impressive campgrounds.

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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