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Whitewater Rafting Questions?

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Whitewater Rafting Questions?

My DH and I plus about 6 other family members are planning a trip to Gatlinburg and the GSM NP in June 2012. Group includes 3 kids (2 10yr old boys & 8yr old girl). We want to do a whitewater raft trip on the Pigeon River (upper). Can I get some feed back on specific outfitters that people have used to do this? We've done research but would like people's specific recommendations.

Also has anyone rafted with a big group, we would be 8 people plus the guide? Does anyone know outfitters that have boats to accomodate a group this size? Most of the websites don't detail how big the boats are but most video's we've watched show 6 people and one guide. Thanks for your help.

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1. Re: Whitewater Rafting Questions?

I can't remember for the life of me who we used (sorry) we've been twice with the same guide and company (a few years apart). They have outpost with a few different companies in the same area.

You do go 6 in a raft with one guide. Every company pretty much takes buses to the same drop off @ the dam and all the rafts I've ever seen do only 6 people per raft. There are people of all ages that go. Maybe you could split 4 and 4??

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2. Re: Whitewater Rafting Questions?

We used Great Smoky Mountain Outdoors and loved them!

http://www.smokymountainrafting.com/

Here's my trip report about our rafting adventure:

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g60842-i150-k12633…

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3. Re: Whitewater Rafting Questions?

I have used Smoky mountain rafting before and they did a good trip. I have used NOC the most. They have an outpost store in downtown Gatlinburg. They are one of the oldest companies doing rafting trips. They have a website. The typical raft holds 6 people plus a guide. They will typically split the 8 people party to 6 in one raft and then pair up the other 2 in a raft with others to have a full boat. I have met some neat people in the past this way. Have fun and enjoy

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4. Re: Whitewater Rafting Questions?

USA RAFT in hartford........you can also see my review on why.

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We used USA Raft this past May for the Upper Pigeon! Will use them again...fantastic rafting trip!

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6. Re: Whitewater Rafting Questions?

Thanks for all your input everyone. We still haven't decided but it looks like we will have to do two boats if everyone wants to participate.

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