Big Bear Rafting

5-Stars Rated Rafting Trip on TripAdvisor™. High quality whitewater rafting in the Smoky Mountains on the Pigeon River! Professional guide in each raft. No experience necessary.

3165 Big Creek Rd.
Hartford , TN 37753 1-844-799-7238
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Big Bear Rafting

5-Stars Rated Rafting Trip on TripAdvisor™. High quality whitewater rafting in the Smoky Mountains on the Pigeon River! Professional guide in each raft. No experience necessary.

Address

3165 Big Creek Rd.
Hartford, TN 37753

Description

Located in the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee, Big Bear Rafting is one of the most exhilarating attractions in the Smoky Mountain area. We provide professional White Water Rafting trips on the Big Pigeon River in Hartford, TN (exit 447 I-40 East). Conveniently located only 45 minutes from Pigeon Forge.

Locally owned by the Sutton Family (Sutton Expedition, LLC) and operated by Daniel Sutton, current P.R.P.A. (Pigeon River Permit Association) president, an alumnus of Gatlinburg-Pittman H.S. and the University of Tennessee. Daniel, a raft guide himself, understands what it takes and strives to provide the best whitewater rafting experience possible. At Big Bear Rafting, you’re more than just a number, you’re our rafting family. See why our guests have given us the honor of being A 5 Star Rated Rafting Trip on TripAdvisor among 14 attractions in Hartford, Tennessee.

Our goal is to provide our guests with a professional, high quality, and most of all, a fun and exciting white water rafting experience. We can accommodate groups of all sizes. Let the Big Bear Rafting Team help you make Smoky Mountain Memories that will last a LIFE TIME!

Big Bear Rafting offers several different trips to choose from.

By far our most popular trip is Whitewater Rafting on the Upper Pigeon. Beautiful, exciting, breathtaking, these are just few of the words you will use to describe the Pigeon River Gorge as our professional guides navigate you through 5 miles of class III and class IV rapids surrounded by the Great Smoky Mountains and the Cherokee National Forest.  Rapids named Powerhouse, Vegematic, Lost Guide, Double Reaction, and Accelerator provide a fun, fast-paced whitewater experience that is sure to leave you with memories that will last a life time! 2 hour trip, fully guided, minimum 8 yrs. old, No Experience Necessary.

Just want a relaxing float trip, or do you have little ones between the ages of 3 and 7? Then the Lower Pigeon Scenic Raft Trip is just what you have been looking for. The beautiful Lower Pigeon River is an ideal trip for novices, families, and youth groups. There is a professional guide in each raft. One of the best attractions in the Smoky Mountains for little kids and the faint of heart, this 6 mile scenic raft trip promises Class I and II rapids through the Martha Sundquist State Forest providing a fun whitewater experience for the whole family.

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