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Rapid Descent River Company

Whitewater Recreation Area

Rapid Descent is located in the mountains of East Tennessee. It offers the finest trip on the Pigeon River. We are dedicated to providing you a quality whitewater experience with lots of fun and professional service.

We are closed for the winter, but there are hiking trails and cabins close by. We are conveniently located close to Gatlinburg, TN Pigeon Forge, TN and Ashville, NC.

Come visit us in the summer, where the Pigeon River runs through the scenic Cherokee National Forest.

Rapid Descent offers one of the more exciting whitewater runs in the southeast. The Pigeon River has class 1-4 rapids and is controlled by a hydroelectric plant which guarantees good water levels all season.

There Is an experienced guide in each raft. No prior experience necessary. All participants must be at least 8 years of age or 70lbs.

Best Seasons for Experiencing

We are open for the majority of the year. Late spring, summer, and early fall are the best times to visit.

How to Get There

From Ashville: Follow I-40 west to exit 447 From Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge: Follow I-40 east. keep right at the I-40/ I-81 split. Follow I-40 to exit 447.

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