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“Awesome Adventure - Major Rush - Unbelievably Affordable!”

Nantahala Outdoor Center
Ranked #13 of 16 things to do in Hartford
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: NOC offers rafting trips on two sections of the Pigeon. For many families, rafting in 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.
Reviewed 8 August 2014

This was the most fun we had in Tennessee this trip. It was always something we said we would wanted to do, so when I came across this option on our trip to Gatlinburg we put it on the itinerary. Convincing our teen age daughter to go on the Upper Pigeon River with sections of four and five classes of whitewater was a little challenging. But after it was all said and done she was happy we convinced her to face her fears.

We purchased our rafting packages which were "Super Affordable" from the Nantahola Outdoor Center (NOC) in Gatlinburg. That place is worth a visit even if you do not plan to whitewater raft, especially if you enjoy hiking, camping or other outdoor sports.

You will not get a better value for half a day of adrenaline rushing through veins activity in Tennessee. If you are staying in the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge area like we were. You will have to travel approximately 40 minutes to get there. But once you get there it is all taken care of (except you do need closed toed shoes or rafting water shoes). We are very happy we went with NOC. We chose the Upper Pigeon River 5 mile rafting trip. This had an intermediate rating with several four and five rated whitewater sections. It was just awesome fun from the moment you arrive at the camp until you pull back into their camp on your raft. Ryan our guide had his hands full because our two friends and the three of us had not done this before. With his calm demeanor and advice we made it through the sections of rapids without an issue.

I highly recommend you take advantage of this opportunity should it present itself. It is a Major Rush of adrenaline. It was definitely the most adventurous thing we did on our trip. Live a little and go for it!

Thank wetravelalot007
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Reviewed 4 August 2014

We went with our entire family of 9 people including 3 generations from age 10 to 67 and had a FANTASTIC time! Everyone one of us came away excited, thrilled, and wanting more! We were on an hour and a 1/2 trip with class 3 and 4 rapids. It was a first time white water rafting trip for all of us except our younger son who had been on 2 previous trips. Our guide Johnny was fun and skilled and guided us through the experience with obvious knowledge of the river. Would do this again in a heartbeat and recommend it as a "Must do" adventure!

Thank MJN1968
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Reviewed 3 August 2014 via mobile

We are a family of four (kids are 3 & 6) and did the lower pigeon forge river. The river guides are professional and make the experience fun for the kids. Our kids loved it & wanted to go again. Will definitely use NOC again!

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Reviewed 23 July 2014 via mobile

Our family of six (4 kids age range 9-12) went on the upper Pigeon and had an awesome experience. Lots of outfitters to choose from but NOC offers the best and clearly demonstrated that safety is first and clearly wanted everyone to have a great time! Our guide Misty was great and gave us facts and told kid jokes along the way. Class 2, 3 and 4 rapids were awesome and no problems for the younger kids. We will definitely use NOC for future trips.

Thank SmokeyBear2001
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Reviewed 19 July 2014

This is a very well run rafting company. The guides were all friendly and helpful. Safety was the number one concern. We went on a 2 1/2 hour "Intermediate" trip and it was not nearly as scary as I thought it would be, as this was my first time ever rafting. There are showers and a dressing area to clean the river water off, but don't expect it to be like your home. No doors, just curtains on the shower, toilets and dressing rooms.

Thank GWNana
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