Blog for Zip line Attraction in the Smoky Mountains
Located in Pigeon Forge, TN and near Gatlinburg and Sevierville.
By Ross Bodhi Ogle
Posted on August 16, 2012
In some ways, whitewater rafting is a lot like ziplining. They're both adventurous outdoor activities that most people can try with no previous experience whatsoever. Naturally, we're a little partial to ziplining here, but in addition to paying us a visit at Smoky Mountain Ziplines, we think you should also consider trying your hand (actually, both hands) at whitewater rafting.
There are a number of different companies that book and operate these trips. Most of the outfitters are located in or near Gatlinburg, and you can book a trip by visiting the office, calling or even going to their Web sites.
However, most of the actual rafting is done in other locations. Several companies whose outposts are in Hartford, North Carolina, run trips on the Pigeon River (not the Little Pigeon River in Sevier County), while some Tennessee outposts run on the Nantahala or Ocoee Rivers. In either case, you're responsible for your own transportation to these locations, which are usually no more than an hour and a half to two hours from Sevier County.
Once you're there, they'll provide you with all the safety equipment and all the instruction you'll need to enjoy a wet and wild ride in the rapids-filled water. Rapids can range from Class I (tame) to Class IV (extreme), but your experienced guide will get you safely through them, and you'll have a blast in the process.
Just remember though, that when it comes to having fun on a zip line, Gatlinburg, TN is not where you'll find the most fun. For zip line fun, head to Pigeon Forge, home of Smoky Mountain Ziplines.