In addition, Rafting in the Smokies offers a range of other activities. You can take on the ropes challenge course, zip line canopy, or rock climbing wall. Across a 150-foot suspension bridge, it offers a free Family Adventure Island with a playground, barbecue grills, and a nature trail.
Since 1993, Smoky Mountain Outdoors has maintained a high standard for fun, yet safe, white water rafting. In fact, it was awarded the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame designation for achieving the Certificate of Excellence from 2015 to 2019.
With a private rafting outpost on the Big Pigeon, Nantahala Outdoor Center was the site of the World Cup Freestyle Kayaking Championships in 2013. Nantahala Outdoor Center also offers the Walk in the Woods Waterfall Excursion. It’s of intermediate intensity and lasts about 2.5 hours.
As another popular rafting outfitter, locally owned Big Bear Whitewater Rafting offers rafting journeys from March through September. All of the trips are fully guided, and you receive a safety talk and preparation beforehand. The staff will assist you with the gear as well.
Since 2002, Raft Outdoor Adventures has been giving families, couples, and groups exhilarating experiences. Its fully guided Upper and Lower Pigeon River tours last for about two hours. However, you get twice the fun on the Upper Pigeon River Double Run, which lasts for four hours.