Smoky Mountain Whitewater Rafting Experience

Nantahala Outdoor Center and Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa have partnered to bring guests at the resort an exclusive offer! Experience the fun of whitewater rafting in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains. NOC has pioneered whitewater rafting across the globe, hosted four world championships, and produced 22 Olympians. Recognized as "One of the Best Outfitters on Earth" by National Geographic ADVENTURE, NOC will provide you and your family a whitewater rafting experience of a lifetime.

For many families, visiting the Dollywood parks and rafting in the Pigeon Gorge are the highlights of their Smoky Mountain vacation. NOC offers rafting trips on two sections of the Pigeon River. The Upper Pigeon provides a full dose of Class III excitement and Smoky Mountain scenery in just three short hours. For families with children three and up, the Lower Pigeon is the perfect float trip with gentle rapids, swimming holes, and beautiful scenery.

Don’t wait, make this summertime classic part of your Smoky Mountain vacation and book today!

Booking Dates: NOW - September 1, 2018
Travel Dates: NOW - September 1, 2018 (Whitewater rafting is not available Sunday, Monday, or Friday.)

Package includes (Based on double occupancy):

  • Room
  • TWO Nantahala Outdoor Center Guided Rafting Trip on the Upper Pigeon Gorge OR Lower Pigeon Gorge (Additional whitewater rafting trips on Upper or Lower Pigeon Gorge are available to add during the reservation process.)

Pigeon River Rafting: Upper Pigeon Gorge

Distance: 5 Miles
Duration: 2.5 Hours
Age / Weight: 8+ OR 70+ Pounds
Intensity: Intermediate

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Pigeon River Rafting: Lower Pigeon Gorge

Distance: 4 Miles
Duration: 3 Hours
Age: 3+
Intensity: Float Trip

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*NOC Provides all necessary gear and equipment

NOTE: Following completing your reservation online, a Dollywood representative will contact you within 24-hours to schedule your Nantahala Outdoor Center Whitewater Rafting Experience. If you have additional questions please call, 1-800-DOLLYWOOD.


Directions and Checklists

Directions from Dollywood's DreamMore Resort and Spa

Google Map Directions

  • Take Dollywood Resorts BLVD to Veterans BLVD.
  • Take right onto Veterans BLVD.
  • Turn Right onto Old Newport Hwy
  • Turn Right onto Jones Cove Rd; go till dead ends at 321.
  • Turn right onto 321
  • Take IMMEDIATE Left in .20 miles onto foothills parkway
  • Follow Foot hills Pkwy to I-40
  • Take I-40 East (towards Asheville)
  • Take exit ramp 447 Hartford Rd
  • Take right onto Hartford Rd; go .5 miles
  • NOC Pigeon Outpost is on the Left

Checklist: Upper & Lower Pigeon Gorge

Upper Gorge Description

This is a fully guided trip that will take approximately 2.5 hours total with 1.25 hours spent on the river. The rest of the time will be spent on trip preparation and shuttle.

Dress for getting wet and wear shoes that will stay securely on your feet or have an ankle strap (flip-flops are NOT acceptable footwear). Don’t forget dry clothes and shoes for after your trip. There are changing rooms and showers available. In cooler weather, avoid wearing heavy cotton; wear synthetics or wool instead.

Our check-in location for this trip will be at NOC’s Pigeon River Outpost in Hartford, TN. Check-in 30 minutes prior to your trip time. There is a link on your confirmation to directions.

Lower Gorge Description

This is a fully guided trip that will take approximately 3 hours total with 1.5 hours spent on the river. The rest of the time will be spent on trip preparation and shuttle.

Dress for getting wet and wear shoes that will stay securely on your feet or have an ankle strap (flip-flops are NOT acceptable footwear). Don’t forget dry clothes and shoes for after your trip. There are changing rooms and showers available. In cooler weather, avoid wearing heavy cotton; wear synthetics or wool instead.

Our check-in location for this trip will be at NOC’s Pigeon River Outpost in Hartford, TN. Check-in 30 minutes prior to your trip time. There is a link on your confirmation to directions.

Download Checklist PDF



Disclaimer: Whitewater Rafting experience MUST be booked 10 Days in advance of visit. For information on adding this experience within 10 days of your trip call, 1-800-DOLLYWOOD to speak to a customer service representative. A Dollywood representative will contact you within 24-hours of making your reservation to schedule your whitewater rafting experience. Whitewater rafting is not available Sunday, Monday or Thursday. Package is based on double occupancy. Dollywood Park Operations Dates/Hours Vary (Dollywood Calendar) Cancellations must be made 72 hours prior to arrival to avoid penalty. One night deposit required at time of booking. Valid Booking Dates are: NOW – September 1, 2018. Based on availability, room type and travel dates selected. Cannot be combined with any other offers, promotions or discounts. Restrictions Apply. Does not apply to groups of 10 or more. Must be 21 years of age to reserve a room with a valid ID.