Upper Pigeon River

Dividing the Great Smoky Mountains and Cherokee National Forest, the Pigeon River is one of the South’s most exciting whitewater adventures. Experience steep granite cliffs, breathtaking views, and thrilling Class III and IV rapids with one of Big Bear’s Experienced whitewater guides. Famous rapids on this section include Powerhouse, Vegematic, Lost Guide, Double Reaction, and Accelerator.

Your trip begins upon arrival at our outpost. You will check-in, listen to our thorough trip & safety talk, then you will meet your guide. Your guide will then assist you with you gear, and answer any questions or concerns that you may have. then it's just a short 10 minute bus ride up to the river put-in at the Walter's Powerhouse located on the Tennessee - North Carolina state line.

  • 5 miles of Class III and IV Rapids
  • 2 hour trip
  • Fully Guided
  • Minimum age/weight: 8 years old or 70 pounds