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Trips on this section launch at the TN/NC state line, surrounded by views of the mountains as well as the hydroelectric powerhouse feeding water into the river. And it doesn't take long to get into the whitewater. Within minutes of the put-in, guests find themselves paddling into their first Class III rapid of the day; the aptly named Powerhouse. With the help of an experienced guide, your group will continue through a total of 10 Class III rapids and 3 Class IV rapids, before finishing the trip back at our outpost. With rapid names like Lost Guide, Double-Reactionary, and Snapdragon, guests can expect plenty of excitement on this trip. But don't worry, there will still be time between the rapids to take in the views, soak up some sun and have a swim. This is the ideal trip for those wanting to enhance the beauty of the Smokies with the thrill of whitewater rafting.

Each trip on the Upper Section finishes back at our outpost, where guests can quickly take a warm shower and change into dry clothes. But, don't forget about the pictures! Each group has a series of photos taken of them paddling through an exciting Class III rapid. You and your group can check out your pictures in our outpost after your trip.
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Big Creek Expeditions
The Pigeon River gorge cuts east to west across the Smoky Mountains from North Carolina and into Tennessee. As one of the most popular rafting trips in America, the Upper Section of the Pigeon River offers guests with the best introduction to whitewater anywhere.
  • Led by a local guide
  • Family friendly
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
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Reviewed 4 days ago
Big Time Fun with "BIG CREEK"

If you plan on taking a rafting trip down the Pigeon River, you have got to go with Big Creek Expeditions. This group is the best! I have taken my youth group down this river 3 times now and used Big Creek twice. The one...More

Thank tobytyner2018
Reviewed 5 days ago
Upper and Lower rafting trip

Had an great day white water rafting on the Pigeon River all day with my friend Beth.. Did the upper and the lower part of the river.. Shout out to out guides Opal and Joan, for a great time.. The staff were all great and...More

Thank Stacey B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Gramma to millennials all had fun!

This river outfitter is one of the nicest we have been to. We all agreed from the professional seasoned staff that put our minds at ease. Gramma (not a swimmer) and momma (is deaf). We were bringing on the challenge. Erica was awesome!! She was...More

Thank fixn2travel
Reviewed 1 week ago
Family friendly awesome guides

We had Amanda as our guide. We hit a hole that was bigger than expected due to increased rain. She guided us right through it when others went around as she worked with us to make sure we were ready. Had a blast. I would...More

Thank Steve W
Reviewed 1 week ago
Great time

Took my granddaughter,for the first time she loved it. We went on the low river being the first time, but she wanted to go on the upper one. Very kid friendly, the run on time . People very nice .if you take a camera make...More

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Jasmin L
17 July 2018|
Response from John A | Reviewed this property |
For the upper (white water) around 7, for the lower (float) smaller children are ok. Sorry I can’t be more specific.
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