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Upper Pigeon River Whitewater Raft Trips
Experience thrilling whitewater as you traverse down 4.2 miles of the Upper Pigeon River in Hartford, TN. Your certified whitewater guide will navigate your raft down over sixty rapids ranging from Class I to Class IV. Near the end of the trip, guests will be given the opportunity to exit the boat for a chance to swim in the river. The take-out is at the Rapid Expeditions outpost, and total trip time averages 2 to 2.5 hrs (1 to 1.5 hrs rafting). Trips go rain or shine! $33.95 and up
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Lower Pigeon River Rafting and Float Trips
For groups with children age 8 or younger, we recommend an exciting ride down the Lower Pigeon River. The Lower Pigeon River raft trip is a relaxing 5.2 mile float through the Cherokee National Forest—perfect for families with small children and those looking for a less intense river rafting experience. The group has the opportunity to engage Class I to Class II rapids, or most can be avoided for a quieter ride down the river. Trips depart from Rapid Expeditions and conclude with a short bus ride back to our outpost. Total adventure time is roughly 2 to 2.5 hrs. Trips go rain or shine! $21.95 and up
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Combination Upper/Lower Pigeon River Raft Trips
Combine both sections of the Pigeon River into a whopping 9.4 mile whitewater adventure! Experience Class I to Class IV rapids as well as calmer float sections. Guests will be given the opportunity to exit the boat for a chance to swim in the river. Total trip time averages 3.5 to 4 hrs (2.5 to 3 hrs rafting). Trips go rain or shine. $58.95 and up
Safety is paramount to the Rapid Expeditions rafting experience. We set our standards to the highest level both on and off the river. All guides are certified in first aid and CPR. Their experience and dedication to safety means that you and your family will be in good hands on the water.
Each trip begins with a safety talk at the Rapid Expeditions outpost, where we will go over the basics of rafting, whitewater swim position, what to do in case you fall out of the raft, and how to handle oneself on the raft in a safe and efficient manner.
At the put-in, your guide will once again go over key points and make sure that everyone understands the proper safety techniques. With over 60 years of combined whitewater experience, your guides are guaranteed to be leaders in any whitewater situation you may encounter. Further, each raft is equipped with a first aid kit in case of emergency.
Raft Trip Checklist
- Water shoes, tennis shoes, or sandals with heel straps (no flip flops or bare feet!)
- Sunglasses (with straps)
- GoPro camera if ya have one
- Towel and change of clothes
- An adventerous attitude