Whitewater Rafting with Smoky Mountain Outdoors

Nestled in the Cherokee National Forest only 45 minutes from Gatlinburg - gateway to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park - the Pigeon River offers outstanding guided and independent boating opportunities.

Waterville, TN is the starting point for this 12 mile stretch of whitewater and mild water river, with rapids ranging from Class I to IV. 


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Latitude: 35.6617594 Longitude: -83.2598877 Elevation: 4896 ft
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Typical Class of Water

Class I to IV

Best Seasons for Experiencing

Spring, Summer, Fall

Access Points

Located at Exit 447 on I-40, Smoky Mountain Outdoors provides shuttles from our Riverside Outpost in Hartford, TN as well as first-aid and CPR trained guides and all rafting equipment upstream for a 6.5 mile Class III and IV whitewater adventure, or from a downstream take-out for a 5.5 mile Class I and II scenic float trip.  Our Outpost features changing rooms, showers, casual dining options, souvenir photography, and a wide array of gifts and apparel.

The Pigeon River Campground adjacent to Smoky Mountain Outdoors offers riverside camping, rustic camping cabins, RV sites, a pool, WiFi, camp store, and private put-in/take-out.


ADA Accessibility Notes

The Smoky Mountain Outdoors Outpost conforms to all ADA requirements.

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets are not encouraged at the Outpost, and are not permitted in the rafts.

How to Get There

I-40 to Exit 447 at Hartford, TN.  Turn right off the exit and proceed 1.1 miles to the last Outpost on the left.  Look for a sign between two rock columns with the words "Whitewater Rafting with Smoky Mountain Outdoors"

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