A Refreshing Way to Celebrate your Smoky Mountain Wedding

Getting married in the Smoky Mountains is an adventure of a lifetime! As you plan your ceremony and reception, don’t overlook quality time with your guests before and after your big day. Everyone loves spending a day in the great outdoors, and one of the most thrilling ways to enjoy the mountains is a rafting trip with Rafting in the Smokies!

White water rafting near Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville starts with a visit to the Rafting in the Smokies outpost in Hartford, TN. It’s an easy and scenic drive to the outpost.

The company has been rafting since the late 70s! Today, the attraction has added to its empire. Rock climbing, ziplining, and more await thrill seekers of all ages. When planning a Smoky Mountain wedding, think beyond one single day of celebrating and include a day of outdoor fun at Rafting in the Smokies!

Rafting in the Smokies Offers White Water Rafting Tours in the Smoky Mountains

Family friendly rafting in the Smoky Mountains

Rafting in the Smokies is an award-winning company that puts the safety of its guests first. The attraction offers tours for all abilities, so everyone in your party can enjoy a day on the river. From a relaxing float through the mountains to a rip-roaring whitewater adventure, this attraction has it all! 

Every rafting tour is led by a certified and trained guide, and everyone receives a life jacket and helmet. Additionally, a safety briefing and a short tutorial occur before each tour. Regardless of your skill level, you will feel welcome at Rafting in the Smokies.

For many, rafting in the Smoky Mountains is a bucket list activity. It will be an even more special time to experience it as a group while celebrating your wedding.

Prepare for your trip by learning how to dress and what to bring, and don’t forget to sign your waiver.

Easy Trips on the Lower Pigeon River

The lower section of the Pigeon River offers Class I and Class II rapids, which are calmer and provide a relaxing experience. This portion of the river is perfect for family float trips. The lush scenery and fresh mountain air will invigorate you and your guests as you enjoy the time together.

Embark on a journey through gentle waves and tranquil waters under the watchful eye of an experienced guide. The tour, spanning 6 miles, commences at the outpost and concludes with a bus ride back to base. Open to ages 3 and above, this tour caters to all, whether they seek an adrenaline-filled adventure or a relaxing retreat in cool waters. Rafting in the Smokies is your ultimate destination for a memorable and refreshing experience.

Exhilarating Trips on the Upper Pigeon River

Experience the thrill of Class III and Class IV rapids on the upper section of the Pigeon River. Available to those aged 8 or older who weigh at least 70 pounds, participants meet at the outpost before riding a bus to the starting point. As you view the river from the bus, your informative guide will give helpful tips and suggestions.

First-time rafters need not worry. Your guide will ensure a successful and exciting rafting trip through the Smoky Mountains. Brace yourself for an adrenaline rush on the 5.5-mile journey, which lasts around an hour and a half. Prepare to get wet! We suggest bringing a change of clothes. The journey ends at the outpost where you originally parked, but the fun isn’t over!

More Fun with Rafting in the Smokies

Ziplining in the Smoky Mountains


Experience the thrill of zipping amidst the breathtaking beauty of the Smoky Mountains. The zipline adventure spans an impressive 2,400 feet and consists of 6 lines and 2 sky bridges. Ziplining at Rafting in the Smokies is available for ages 5 and above, making this a great family-friendly addition to your day.

Ropes Course

The High Elements Ropes Challenge Course presents four skill levels to accommodate the capabilities of every guest. Each level progressively increases in difficulty. To ensure guests’ safety, the attraction provides helmets and full-body harnesses. Like ziplining, the ropes course is available to ages 5 and older, provided they meet the minimum weight requirement of 45 pounds.

Rock Climbing Wall

Rafting in the Smokies aims to provide a thrilling experience for visitors, regardless of age. The rock-climbing wall is accessible to all ages and abilities. With four sides and varying levels of difficulty, guests can find a challenge no matter their skill level. Rest assured, safety gear is both provided and mandatory.

Family Adventure Island

You’ll work up an appetite after rafting and the other activities at Rafting in the Smokies! That’s why we love Family Adventure Island. Refuel at the picnic area. Take advantage of the grills or pack a meal to enjoy while dining al fresco. With a playground, nature trail, and splash area, it’s a fun spot for the whole family!

Celebrating your Wedding at Rafting in the Smokies

Make memories with your loved ones before and after your wedding day!

Rafting in the Smokies is a member of the Smoky Mountain Wedding Association. This organization was formed to serve couples getting married in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, and surrounding communities. Association members include professionals who provide wedding gowns and apparel, cakes, flowers, and other wedding-related services. Other members include local restaurants, accommodations, and fine attractions like Rafting in the Smokies.

Our members strive to provide a stellar experience that extends beyond the wedding day. Your destination wedding in the Smokies is more than a ceremony and reception; it’s a whole experience that encompasses your guests’ entire stay. While planning a Smoky Mountain wedding, include some quality time to enjoy with your loved ones. We recommend coordinating a group reservation for Rafting in the Smokies. Groups of 10 or more qualify for a discount. Contact the group sales department to plan a fun and memorable day for your wedding guests.

Authored in Appalachia || Amy Morton


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