Tip # 1 for planning your rafting trip:
- make sure the rafting company you choose has very experienced guides
It is a simple rule: your river guide will make, or break, any whitewater rafting trip. As guests, you will immediately notice if your raft guide lacks command of the river, struggles to bring the best out of the crew, or just lacks passion towards the river and the job. At Big Creek Expeditions not only do our guides love to raft, they are good at it. For them, it is much more than just a job… it's a lifestyle.
This video shows a few Big Creek guides on their day-off, traveling down to the Chattooga River on the border of South Carolina and Georgia. Section IV of the Chattooga, seen in this video, is filled with some of the steepest and most technical whitewater in the southeast. At the time, these guides were running 12-15 trips a week on the Pigeon River and then chose to drive 3 hours each way just to go rafting again. This says a lot… they sacrificed a rare chance at relaxation in a busy rafting season to enjoy themselves on a very challenging and beautiful river.
So the next time you think about rafting in the Smoky Mountains, remember Tip #1; make sure that the rafting company you choose has great guides with a lot of experience on other rivers.
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To get early season discounts in these freezing cold winter days make your rafting reservations online, or call us toll free at 866.477.RAFT. Pigeon River rafting info is available year-round.