Whether you’re a returning visitor to the Great Smoky Mountains or have decided that it’s a good place to vacation for the very first time, taking advantage of the great outdoors and the beauty of the locale is an absolute must. If you really want to have an amazing Smoky Mountain outdoor experience, whitewater rafting in the Smokies may already be on the itinerary for your upcoming trip. If not, here are some reasons you should book a whitewater rafting expedition in the Smokies today:
1. Whitewater Rafting is a unique way to take in the beauty of this area.
You’ll undoubtedly notice the majestic mountains in the distance when you come close to your vacation destination of Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg, Tennessee. We’re willing to bet there will be a few, “oohs,” and “ahhs” as you make your way off the interstate and head towards your hotel or cabin in the Smokies. The shops and attractions are nestled among some stunning scenery—some of which can be seen from the main roads and highways… but we believe that getting off-road (and specifically, into the water) is an even better way to see the Smokies.
The Great Smoky Mountains are a beautiful backdrop to your adventure when you raft the Pigeon River. You’ll experience some twists and turns as you ride the river, spy native animals in their natural habitats, and perhaps even dive off a beautiful rock cliff into the welcoming water below or stop to swim in a calm, cool swimming hole. Your adventure is up to you. Why just look at the mountains from afar? This is your chance to experience the natural wonder of the Pigeon River and the Smokies in a way that others will never see.
2. Whitewater Rafting gets your family moving.
If your family is like most, there’s school, homework, and perhaps the occasional sanctioned sport or game along the way, but there’s also a lot of time spent in front of computer screens, scrolling through social media feeds, and just vegging on the couch. Your vacation in the Smokies shouldn’t be just more of the same; this is your chance to change the game.
Whitewater rafting is an opportunity to introduce your family to active fun and adventure that is certain to get their attention. We’re almost sure that even the least likely of your bunch to show excitement about a whitewater rafting expedition in the Smokies will rave about the experience to everyone in their circle as soon as they’re home! Who knows? This 2-hour whitewater rafting trip may just spark a lifelong passion for outdoor adventure and experiences! (We’re also guessing that it will be high on the lists of things to do during next year’s vacation!)
3. Whitewater Rafting is a phenomenal bonding experience.
Whitewater rafting requires some thoughtful cooperation and communication when you’re on the , skills sometimes put aside in the hectic day-to-day of modern life. Those who enjoy the whitewater rafting experience the Pigeon River provides will also practice listening, working together toward a common goal, and lots of laughs and adrenaline rushes along the beautiful river route. A day that ties those experiences together also bonds the people along for the ride. We think you’ll agree this is a win-win for the folks you love.
4. Whitewater Rafting creates memories that last a lifetime.
Memories like the ones you’ll make as a family on the Pigeon River under Smoky Mountain skies are not only photo-album worthy, but they’ll be also central to stories told over and over again in your home. You’ll revel in the conversations that begin, “Remember the time we went whitewater rafting in Gatlinburg?”
Do something for the people you love that they won’t soon forget—better yet start a family tradition of adventure that can be passed on for generations. We’re positive that your friends and family will look forward to the next rafting adventure as soon as the first rafting trip is through.
If you’re ready to get started planning the most fun part of your Smoky Mountain Vacation, River Rat Whitewater and Tubing is just a phone call away (865-448-8888). Book your adventure now for the upcoming season and have something to look forward to all winter long. We can’t wait for you to join us here in the Smokies for the adventure of a lifetime!