Our Story

Rafting Since 2006!

Rapid Expeditions was founded in 2006. The goal was to provide exciting and affordable whitewater rafting trips with the best customer service around! We have also introduced hundreds to the sport of whitewater kayaking through our roll clinics and group kayaking classes.

After over a decade on the water, we've earned the highest customer satisfaction rating on TripAdvisor and other review sites. More importantly, we've leared that customers appreciate our approach to rafting, which is to offer small group trips with the personalized attention needed to make a trip truly memorable.

Looking forward, we're now hosting our annual Hardford 50 Gravel Grinder bike race. as well as the Waucheesi bike race. As always, we appreciate your feedback and hope to see you on the water or on the trails!

We want to help EVERYONE enjoy the great outdoors

Is this your first time rafting or kakaying?

It is our primary goal to show men and women of all ages an absolutely wonderful time rafting or kayaking. From beginners who have never stepped foot in a boat to advanced paddlers who are looking to hone their skills in a particular area, choose Rapid Expeditions for your next Smoky Mountain rafting or kayaking adventure ... right here in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee!


Rapid Expeditions is a small local business. Choosing to raft with us means you're supporting a small business in East Tennessee and the families that work here. Most of the whitewater rafting companies on the Pigeon River are mega organizations with out-of-state owners and mass marketing campaigns. It's sort of like they're herding cattle, and when you see their overcrowded buses you'll know what we mean. At Rapid Expeditions you get one-on-one interaction with the owners and operators of the business and a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Because we're a small, locally-owned business we can offer a superior level of customer service that you simply will not find anywhere else. We look forward to showing you a wonderful day on the river!!!

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Say hello to a few of our guides

Lisa, a whitewater rafting guide at Rapid Expeditions


Tanner, a whitewater rafting guide at Rapid Expeditions


Amelia, a whitewater rafting guide at Rapid Expeditions


Merry, a whitewater rafting guide at Rapid Expeditions