$35 for a Pigeon River Whitewater-Rafting Trip and Photo CD from Big Creek Expeditions in Hartford (Up to $73.95 Value)


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In a Nutshell

  • Experienced guides
  • Class I–IV rapids
  • Cuts through Smoky Mountains
  • Photo CD with trip highlights

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Promotional value expires Aug 15, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. 24hr cancellation notice required. Must be 8 or older. Under 18 must have parental consent. Must sign waiver. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Nothing brings a couple closer together than a romantic gondola ride through Venice's historic canals, except when a thrill-seeking gondolier straps on a helmet and tells the couple to "hold tight." Hold hands over troubled waters with today's Groupon: for $35, you get a whitewater-rafting trip (up to a $43.95 value) and a professional-quality photo CD (a $30 value) from Big Creek Expeditions in Hartford, Tennessee (up to a $73.95 total value). Groupon holders who prefer nondigital memories may substitute the photo CD for a T-shirt.

The guides at Big Creek Expeditions draw on years of experience as well as expertise in CPR and swift-water rescue to lead rafters on adrenaline-propelled tours down the Pigeon River. As the bluffs of Cherokee National Forest and the Smoky Mountains loom overhead, groups of adrenaline-seeking paddlers work together to steer their boat through more than 60 rapids littering the upper-river course. Class III and IV rapids screen each group for witches as the guides help navigate the thrilling, turbulent waves. Alternatively, the lower-river course gifts aquatic explorers ages 3 and up a day of paddling through panoramic landscapes as they hone their river-navigating skills during 90 minutes of class I and II rapids.

Departure times vary depending on the day and time of year, and no previous rafting experience is necessary to enjoy the trip or one's trip-mate's long-winded lectures on hydrodynamics. After the velocious voyage concludes, Big Creek Expeditions' experts give accomplished waternauts a CD with approximately 15 professional-quality photos capturing the most exciting moments of the trip, from splash-filled entries into the rapids to impromptu life-vest fashion shows.

Though Big Creek Expeditions sometimes offers a $10 discount online, this Groupon still represents the best deal available.

Big Creek Expeditions

As a recent graduate of the University of Tennessee's School of Architecture, Jon Felderman savored free time away from his office job in downtown Knoxville. Ditching his button-down shirt and tie, Jon headed to the Pigeon River on the weekends during the spring of 1996 to begin his training as a river-rafting guide. In just a year, Felderman's skill and enthusiasm had earned him promotions from river guide to trip leader and then to river manager—all while he maintained his full-time architecture job. Finally, in 2004, the inexorable draw of nature inspired a massive change: Jon abandoned the rigors of city life for good, founding his own rafting company, Big Creek Expeditions. Staffed by experienced guides who share Jon's love of the great outdoors, today the company leads trips down both the upper and lower Pigeon River and orchestrates rafting and camping packages for overnight expeditioners.

Customer Reviews

44 Ratings

Had a great time. All of the staff was friendly and helpful.
Polly F. · August 6, 2012
You guys were wonderful!!! Randal was awesome!!! I will definitely come back again. Thank you guys for making it fun and exciting!!!
Ronnie E. · July 31, 2012
Thanks for a great time!
Shannon A. · July 11, 2012
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