When you see Hartford, Tennessee after white water rafting at Smoky Mountain River Rat, you might just have to stay for a night or two. This quaint town is close to Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, but it’s far out enough to be able to enjoy the Smoky Mountains in their purest form. If you love nature, water, and camping, this tiny town is perfect for you to settle into for the weekend. However, with small mountain towns come challenges of finding a good place to stay. That is why we have done the research for you and given you 3 great places to stay the night after enjoying a wild day of white water rafting!
Pigeon River Campground
This campground is one of a kind. If you enjoy pitching a tent and enjoying nature in its rawest form, you can do that here. If you are traveling with an RV or a camper that you would like to stay in, you can park it here, as well. If you aren’t traveling with a camper and you’d rather not stay in a tent, this campground has several small riverfront cabins! Pigeon River Campground truly has something for everyone.
Standing Bear Farm Hikers’ Hostel
The hostel-scene is not for everyone, but if you don’t mind it then this place is for you. Tucked away in the Smokies of Hartford, Standing Bear Farm Hikers’ Hostel is very rustic and serene. This hostel offers lodging, camping and hammock sites, a snack shop, shuttles, and more. They also offer private accommodations for couples of people who aren’t comfortable with the typical hostel experience.
Fox Fire Campground
This exceptional campground is located on 17 acres of pure natural beauty in Hartford. The property borders the Pigeon River, so you can bring your canoes, fishing boats, or what have you! Similar to Pigeon River Campground, this property offers RV and camper parking, tent camping sites, cabin rentals, and even a cottage rental. The cottage can comfortably accommodate up to 7 guests, has a full kitchen, a TV, and WiFi. You can’t go wrong with staying at Fox Fire Campground this summer.
Whether you need a place to stay before or after you hit the whitewater rapids at Smoky Mountain River Rat, these three places are sure to accommodate you and your guests. Once you book your stay with one of these properties, visit our website to book your whitewater rafting adventure to expedite your check-in process. We look forward to seeing you this summer!