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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 29% 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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Patricktop reviewer
12 ratings6 reviews
September 12, 2021
Had a great time and the rapids were gnarly that day.
1 ratings1 reviews
September 6, 2021
Great experience - did lower rapids which was perfect for us as a first time rafting family with a 9 year old. Rafting staff was very friendly and explained everything clearly - was a great time. If we are ever in area again we will use them again!
3 ratings1 reviews
September 6, 2021
Tons of fun and Montana was a blast! We had our 10 year old and decided the upper was for us versus the lower (go big or go home right?) and he LOVED it! Future guide in the making! Everyone was super chill and made you feel relaxed and waiting to get on the bus was nice and had fun little entertainment areas. Little man wished there was bigger rapids but we definitely enjoyed it for our 1st time!
2 ratings2 reviews
September 3, 2021
Drea was absolutely amazing. My kids even thought that she was the best part of the trip. We enjoyed the lower Pigeon. Definitely will be back to do the Upper. We had a 9 year old with us and it was all of our first time rafting so this was a great introduction. The only downside, because I am really huge on sanitation, is the helmets were dirty. They really needed a deeper cleaning.
6 ratings3 reviews
September 1, 2021
We were first-timers at white water rafting, so we took the lower pigeon and we had a blast! We will definitely be back to do the upper next year!
3 ratings1 reviews
August 30, 2021
Our family's first time white water rafting and we had a wonderful experience!! Our guide Paul was awesome and kept us feeling very safe! We will definitely do it again!!So fun!
5 ratings2 reviews
August 27, 2021
Amazing experience for our group of 6. Our guide was wonderful!
Joantop reviewer
10 ratings6 reviews
August 26, 2021
Awesome guide, Party Paul, and fun rapids made for a fantastic trip!
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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.