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White Water Rafting on the Pigeon River

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    What to Expect
    Trips on this section launch at the TN/NC state line, surrounded by views of the mountains as well as the hydroelectric powerhouse feeding water into the river. And it doesn't take long to get into the whitewater. Within minutes of the put-in, guests find themselves paddling into their first Class III rapid of the day; the aptly named Powerhouse. With the help of an experienced guide, your group will continue through a total of 10 Class III rapids and 3 Class IV rapids, before finishing the trip back at our outpost. With rapid names like Lost Guide, Double-Reactionary, and Snapdragon, guests can expect plenty of excitement on this trip. But don't worry, there will still be time between the rapids to take in the views, soak up some sun and have a swim. This is the ideal trip for those wanting to enhance the beauty of the Smokies with the thrill of whitewater rafting.

    Each trip on the Upper Section finishes back at our outpost, where guests can quickly take a warm shower and change into dry clothes. But, don't forget about the pictures! Each group has a series of photos taken of them paddling through an exciting Class III rapid. You and your group can check out your pictures in our outpost after your trip.
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    Departure Point
    Big Creek Expeditions Rafting Outpost
    • Equipment included: life jacket, helmet and paddle
    • Lunch and Snacks are not included
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Guests will then meet their personal guide and recieve the necessary equipment Including: life jacket, helmet and paddle.
    • After your guide double-checks to make sure all equipment is fitted properly, guests then hop on our bus for a short 10-minute ride to the launching point for your trip.
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 2 days ago

    My husband and I along with two other couples that we are friends with decided to add a rafting trip to our vacation in the smokies! We are SO glad we chose this rafting company and our guide, Stoney, was incredible! He had all the...More

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank MAshleyWade
    Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

    Mike Ryan was so informative my family and I had a great time with him. I felt really safe having him as our guide (I can't swim). Ask for Mike he's AMAZING

    Thank margaretcs1
    JonF1648, Owner at Big Creek Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

    We are so happy to hear that you had an amazing time with your guide Mike Ryan. We hope you'll come back and visit us again the next time you find yourself in the Great Smoky Mountains!

    Reviewed 6 September 2019

    We had an awesome experience rafting on the Pigeon River through Big Creek Expeditions. The weather was perfect and the water was refreshing. Our guide was funny, knowledgeable, and experienced. Two thumbs up!!

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank bigbadmommascorp
    JonF1648, Owner at Big Creek Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

    Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your trip with Big Creek Expeditions. We hope you'll come back and visit us again the next time you find yourself in the Great Smoky Mountains area!

    Reviewed 1 September 2019 via mobile

    This was our second trip with Smokey mountain river rat. Both trips our guide was EWOK. Ewok made sure we had the best trip. We will definitely be back!!!

    Thank krystie1495
    JonF1648, Owner at Big Creek Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2019

    Happy to hear it!

    Reviewed 30 August 2019

    Camping in the FoxFire campground we decided me and my dad to try the white water rafting expedition since it’s right on the campground. Booked in the morning and our date was set for two hours after that. Great experience for people who enjoy adventure...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Katherine H
    JonF1648, Owner at Big Creek Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2019

    Katherine, so glad you decided to give rafting a try while staying at Foxfire Riverside Campground. What a lovely camping spot, right? (Okay we are a little biased!) Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your vacation memories! We hope you'll come...More

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    21 May 2019|
    Response from Shawna P | Reviewed this property |
    45 minutes from Gatlinburg. I believe so. They had two sizes when it came to equipment. I believe adult life vests were for individuals over 80 lbs. Our youngest son was fitted with a kids life vest and helmet because he was... More
    17 July 2018|
    Response from John A | Reviewed this property |
    For the upper (white water) around 7, for the lower (float) smaller children are ok. Sorry I can’t be more specific.
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