What To Do Before or After Your Rafting Trip: Hiking at Big Creek

Most of our guests come to our outpost just for the day.  Some folks drive from Knoxville, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, or Sevierville TN.  Other rafters come from Asheville, or Maggie Valley NC.  The average guest drives about 45 minutes through the mountains to our outpost. The guests check-in, listen to one of our guides orientation talks,receive the necessary equipment, and spend about an hour and a half paddling through rapids while rolling down the Pigeon River Gorge.  After rafting, most guests load back in their cars and head straight back to their homes, hotels, or campsites.  One particularly good reason to spend more time here is found in the Big Creek entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Within 10 miles of our outpost visitors can find one of the least well known family friendly gems in the Smokies.  A short hike can take you to waterfalls, swimming holes, and picturesque forests.  The photos here were taken on a recent hike up to Midnight Hole and Mouse Creek Falls. On your next rafting trip in the Smoky Mountains, be sure to take a little extra time to have a picnic, go swimming, or hiking at the Big Creek entrance of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.


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