Before man conquered his fear of water, he amused himself with dust sports such as pushing boulders off cliffs, wrestling tumbleweeds, and falling in the dust. Revel in thirst-quenching excitement with today’s Groupon: for $34, you get two tickets for a white-water rafting tour of Upper Pigeon River or Lower Pigeon River from Appalachian Outdoors in Hartford (up to a $75.90 value). Tours traverse the white water at 10:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 4:30 p.m., and 5:00 p.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday through Labor Day.
Appalachian Outdoors’ experienced and well-trained guides shepherd thrill-buffs through white-water adventures along the raging Upper Big Pigeon River and the tamer Lower Pigeon River. For 6.5 exhilarating miles, paddlers ages 8 and older can whiz, whir, and bounce over Class 2–Class 4 rapids in Upper Big Pigeon River. Rafters of all experience levels are able to safely imitate skipping stones for around two hours as safety-savvy guides preside over each inflated vessel. Riders sport Coast Guard–approved life vests and helmets as they battle the beastly waters with their paddles, preventing the likelihood of injuring themselves or underdressing for trout promenades. The Lower Pigeon River, on the other hand, swaps adrenaline for a hammock-like peacefulness, navigating Class 1–Class 2 rapids and inviting children 3 years old and older to take the helm. Boat-toppers serpentine through four miles of waterway, soaking in the views from the surrounding Cherokee National Forest and perfecting life-vest fashion poses.
Though Appalachian Outdoors sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
Appalachian Outdoors’ seasoned guides shepherd thrill buffs through whitewater adventures along the raging upper Pigeon River and the tamer lower Pigeon River. Clad in Coast Guard–approved life vests and helmets, rafters of all experience levels work together to safely paddle and solve salmon's riddles as inflatable vessels carry them swiftly through Cherokee National Forest. Though the upper river's Class II–IV rapids are only suitable for paddlers at least 8 years old or weighing 70 pounds, the lower segment's softer waters and hammock-like rocks welcome younger kids.