About Us

We love what we do!

Big Creek Expeditions, Inc. was founded by Owner / Operator Jon Felderman in 2004. The story of this company of course begins with him.

Legend has it that Jon was once a stunt driver for the Dukes of Hazard and decided to start a rafting company to keep his…okay, so this is not true at all. Jon actually began his career in the outdoor adventure business training to be a guide on the Pigeon River in the spring of 1996. Jon was never your typical river guide. He began his training shortly after graduating from the University of Tennessee School of Architecture. While most of the other guides spent their off days living and playing in the woods, Jon was working at the prestigious architecture firm of Brewer, Ingram, & Fuller.

By 1997 Jon had quickly moved from River Guide, to Trip Leader, and then to River Manager. All while working as an architect in Knoxville, TN. As I'm sure you could guess, it didn't take long for Jon's developing passion for the Pigeon River and the rafting community to take over. Wearing a shirt and tie everyday inside a stuffy office building in downtown Knoxville began to wear on Jon. The mountains kept calling him back. By 2004 Jon decided that while he loved architecture, it was time to do more than draft schematics. He was ready to begin building a rafting company.

Over the years the Big Creek family continues to grow. To get a quick glimpse at some of our members, check out Our Guides. We are not shy about boasting one of the most experienced and well trained staff of guides. To request a specific guide feel free to call us toll free at 877.642.RAFT.

"One of our families greatest adventures ever!!! Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and made us all feel like pros. We were nervous, but the guides explained everything very thoroughly. And with all the safety features we knew we were in good hands! The views were absolutely stunning! We highly highly recommend it to anyone!!"

– Tara, Wisconson

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