Top 5 Places to Go Rafting in the Smokies On Your Next Trip

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If you love adventure and want to do something fun on your next trip to the Smoky Mountains, you should go white water rafting! There are several places where you can go rafting in the Smokies. Enjoy a relaxing ride down the river or get your heart pumping with class 3 and 4 rapids. Here are the top 5 places to go rafting in the Smokies on your next trip:

1. Smoky Mountain Outdoors

rafting in the smokiesOne of the top outposts is Smoky Mountain Outdoors. They will transport you to the river on their signature bus. After you get off the bus, you’ll get together with your group and guide and head out on the river! Choose from a lower river trip that’s perfect for small kids and for people who just want a leisurely trip. The upper river trip has more rapids, and the extreme river trip is on a smaller raft along the same route as the upper river, making it even more exciting! You can also go down the river on inflatable kayaks.

2. Rafting in the Smokies

Rafting in the Smokies has been taking people white water rafting since 1978. Their guides are informative and fun, making the experience even better! At their outpost, you can also enjoy ropes course and let the kids run around on their playground. There is a rock climbing wall too. You can do all kinds of fun things with Rafting in the Smokies!

3. Outdoor Rafting Adventure

smoky mountain raftingOutdoor Rafting Adventure is another great place to go rafting in the Smokies. If you go on their upper river trip, you will glide over rapids along the river, getting soaked with water. Your whole family will have a blast on this exciting ride. The lower river trip is great for small kids since there are less rapids, but you’ll still have fun paddling and splashing in the water. Each trip is about 2 hours long, so if you had people who wanted to do the different trips, you would all be done around the same time!

4. Big Bear Rafting

Big Bear Rafting also has exciting rafting rides you’ll want to experience. They also offer lower river trips and upper river trips. The lower river trip is about 5.5 miles long and has class 1 and 2 rapids. The upper river trip is 5 miles long with class 3 and 4 rapids. You can also choose to go down the river in an inflatable kayak, and you will be led in your own kayak by a guide with a group of people. You’ll have a blast going rafting with Big Bear Rafting.

5. Smoky Mountain River Rat

white water rafting in the smoky mountainsIf you’ve heard of Smoky Mountain River Rat, it’s probably because of tubing in Townsend. But did you know they also offer rafting in the Smokies? They also offer lower and upper river trips the whole family can enjoy. There’s also an extreme upper river trip where you will be in a smaller raft, so you’ll really feel the class 3 and 4 rapids. And, if you can’t decide what kind of trip you want to take, they have a Daycation special where you can choose to do both kinds of trips!

Rafting in the Smokies is a great way to spend quality time together doing something fun. There are several things you can do in the area for fun. Want to know more about what you can do when you stay with us? Check out these Gatlinburg attractions for some ideas!