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Whitewater Rafting in the Smokies

Imagine white foam rushing over the top of your raft, your gaze fixed squarely ahead, hoping to avoid that next big rock!  This is just one scenario a person might experience on a whitewater rafting Smokies Adventure. 

The Pigeon River and Nantahala River are two of the most visited bodies of water in the Smoky Mountains for whitewater rafting.  A trusty guide will help guide you down one of these scenic rivers, maneuvering through the rapids of white foam.  It can all be possible here in the Smokies!

If you're ready for an awesome ride down a Smoky Mountain river, check out the following commercial rafting businesses.  They'd be happy to help you plan your next river excursion.

Note that there is no whitewater rafting in the immediate Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge area.  Most outfitters are located in Hartford, Tenn. at Interstate 40, about 45 minutes from Gatlinburg.

Whitewater Rafting...

Adventurous Fast Rivers Rafting Add to Trip Planner
14690 Highway 19 West
Bryson City, NC  27813
800-438-7238
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Big Creek Expeditions Add to Trip Planner
3541 Hartford Road
Hartford, TN  37753
877-642-7238
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Carolina Outfitters Add to Trip Planner
12121 Highway 19 West
Bryson City, NC  28713
800-468-7238
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Endless River Adventures Add to Trip Planner
14157 US Highway 19
Bryson City, NC  28713
800-224-7238
Website

Nantahala Outdoor Center - Bryson City Add to Trip Planner
13077 Highway 19 West
Bryson City, NC  28713
888-905-7238
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Nantahala Outdoor Center - Pigeon River Add to Trip Planner
3485 Hartford Road
Hartford, TN  37753
(423) 487-0668
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Paddle Inn Rafting Add to Trip Planner
14611 Highway 19 West
Bryson City, NC  28713
800-711-7238
Website

Rafting in the Smokies Add to Trip Planner
813 East Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN  37738
800-776-7238
Website

Rapid Expeditions Add to Trip Planner
3605 Hartford Road
Hartford, TN  37753
888-504-7238
Website

Rip Roaring Adventures Add to Trip Planner
3375 Hartford Road
Hartford, TN  37753
800-449-7238
Website

Rolling Thunder River Company Add to Trip Planner
10160 Highway 19 West
Bryson City, NC  28713
800-408-7238
Website

Smoky Mountain Outdoors Add to Trip Planner
453 Brookside Village Way
Gatlinburg, TN  37738
800-771-7238
Website

USA Raft (Nantahala River) Add to Trip Planner
11044 Highway 19 West
Bryson City, NC  28713
866-872-7238
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USA Raft (Pigeon River) Add to Trip Planner
3630 Hartford Road
Hartford, TN  37753
888-872-7238
Website

Wildwater (Nantahala River) Add to Trip Planner
10345 U.S. Highway 19
Bryson City, NC  28713
866-319-8870
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Wildwater (Pigeon River) Add to Trip Planner
3555 Hartford Road
Hartford, TN  37753
866-319-8870
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If you're looking for a more relaxing river adventure, check out our tubing page.

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