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Big Bear Rafting

3165 Big Creek Road, Hartford

Upper or Lower Pigeon River Rafting Trip for Four or Six with Big Bear Rafting (Up to 43% Off)

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Trained and experienced guide takes participants on a fun whitewater rafting adventure in the Smoky Mountain area

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6 ratings3 reviews
2 hours ago
Our family had a fantastic time! Carl was a skilled guide . We had a blast!
1 ratings1 reviews
23 hours ago
For first time rafters, our guide "Party Paul" was a fantastic guide. Entertaining and knowledgeable, a fun time was had by all in our group.
1 ratings1 reviews
1 day ago
I haven’t used this yet, but please beware that taxes & fees are NOT included in this Groupon deal. When you call to make the reservation the company wants payment at that time for the extras.
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42 ratings38 reviews
2 days ago
The person we talked to was very pleasant and able to help us quickly. Very knowledgeable and quickly got us booked for this coming Saturday.
4 ratings1 reviews
3 days ago
We had a GREAT time! Party Paul was a fantastic guide and Clayton entertained us on the bus with his jokes. Well organized from check-in to buying our pictures and souvenirs. Lots of fun for our group of 9. We’ll be back!
3 ratings1 reviews
3 days ago
The folks at Big Bear Rafting were SO MUCH FUN!! They really love their jobs which makes it fun for all of us. Carl was an amazing guide. He took the time to get to know both of the families in our raft which made the easy time on the water more enjoyable. My only complaint is that it didn’t last longer!! STRONGLY RECOMMEND!!!
5 ratings3 reviews
5 days ago
Montana is an excellent guide! Really fun experience, my daughters and I loved it and can’t wait to go again! My 7 yr old was intimidated by the rapids, but Montana put her at ease with encouragement and humor! By the end she was begging for more!
3 ratings2 reviews
June 17, 2021
Our family loved our experience with Big Bear Rafting! The trip was fun, the staff was entertaining and knowledgeable and the river was beautiful.
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About This Deal

  • Participants can choose a more thrilling Upper Pigeon rafting experience, or take a gentle, but still exciting Lower Pigeon trip
  • Departure location: 3165 Big Creek Road, Hartford, TN
  • $2 rider river access fee not included
  • Opening day is April 1, 2021

Upper Pigeon Rafting Trip

  • 5 miles of Class III and IV rapids

  • 2-hour trip
  • Fully guided
  • Minimum age must be 8 or older
  • Minimum weight: must weigh at least 70 pounds

  • No experience necessary
  • View the schedule

Lower Pigeon Rafting Trip

  • 5.5 miles of Class I and II Rapids
  • 2.5-hour trip
  • Fully guided
  • Minimum age must be 3 or older
  • No experience necessary
  • View the schedule

Fine Print

Promotional value expires 120 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Reservation required, 24 hour advance notice required. Not valid on Federal Holidays. Credit card required at booking. Subject to weather. $2 rider river access fee not included. Must be 8 or older or 70 lbs. to raft upper river. Must be 3 or older to raft lower river. Opening day is April 1, 2021. Taxes not included Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift(s). Merchant's standard cancellation policy applies (any fees not to exceed Groupon price). May be repurchased every 90 days. Subject to availability. Valid only for option purchased. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

About Big Bear Rafting

The rolling peaks and rushing waters of the Great Smoky Mountains provide the backdrop for Big Bear Rafting's rafting treks. Led by local river guide Daniel Sutton, each fully escorted rafting trip pits guests against the sprays and currents of the Pigeon River, which snakes its way through the lush mountain landscape along the Tennessee-North Carolina border. Before you grab your paddle, read on to learn more about each trip:

  • Upper Pigeon Whitewater Rafting: Beginning at the state line, this adrenalin blasting trip finds rafters navigating their way through five miles of Class III and IV rapids. When they're not concentrating on the rapids, rafters can take in the scenery of the Big Pigeon River Gorge, which cuts a scenic path through the surrounding mountains.
  • Lower Pigeon Scenic Rafting: Available at limited times throughout the year, this easygoing journey takes place in the beginner-friendly Class I and II rapids of the Lower Pigeon River. The scenery is just as awe-inspiring as that of its big brother; the river flows through the heart of the stately Cherokee National Forest, where towering timbers provide cool, pine-scented protection from the sun's UV rays and dirty looks.