Rafting with Smoky Mountain Outdoors (SMO) Hartford, TN
3299 Hartford Rd • Hartford, TN 37753
Based in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains, SMO Rafting offers a thrilling Pigeon River adventure for thrill-seekers of all levels—from a family-friendly lower Pigeon float trip to an upper Pigeon River white water rafting adventure with class 3 and 4 rapids. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a first-timer, SMO provides an exhilarating and safe experience.
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Yes, all SMO Rafting trips on the Pigeon River are guided by certified guides.
The Smoky Mountain Outdoors (SMO) Pigeon River Outpost is located about 45 minutes northeast of Gatlinburg. It is the closest whitewater rafting to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.
No, every guest is issued a type 5, Coast Guard approved personal flotation device. This lifejacket is designed to give you all of the flotation needed on the river.
There are no upper limit weight requirements. Lifejackets can accommodate a chest girth of 54″.
The minimum age/weight for the Upper Pigeon rafting trip is 8 years old or 70lbs. Children must be at least 3 years old to go on the Lower Pigeon trip.
Rafting is not recommended if you are more than two months pregnant.
Secure, closed toe shoes are required (no flip-flops or bare feet allowed). Bring a dry towel, dry clothes and dry shoes for after the trip. During the summer, shorts and a bathing suit or t-shirt are recommended; no jeans or denim please. For cooler months, synthetic, quick-drying layers are recommended for optimum comfort. Cotton is not recommended as it holds water and wicks away body heat. Wool or fleece socks will also help keep you warmer.
Anything that you bring on the river will get wet and could possibly get lost during the trip. SMO Rafting has lockers available on site where you can store your camera while you raft. Keep in mind they capture pictures during your adventure that are available for purchase after your trip.
Rafting trips run rain or shine. Rafting is one of the best rainy day activities because getting wet is part of the fun. The trip may get delayed for a few minutes to allow a strong storm to pass.