Our Guides

Passion + Experience = A Great Adventure

Shane 8

Shane - Trip Leader

Shane has been working as a whitewater raft guide for 21 seasons. With certifications in Swift Water Rescue and Wilderness First Responder, Shane has the experience and knowledge to show our guests an exceptional time on the river. His favorite thing about being a guide: "Sharing the experience of the river with people and the camaraderie of the other guides and my co-workers at Big Creek Expeditions." Shane is a talented musician, graduating with honors from the College of Charleston with degrees in Jazz Guitar and Music and Composition Theory.

"Had a great trip. Two adults, two kids, 14 and 10. Owner was super nice and friendly. Staff was fantastic as well. Our guide, Shane, made our first experience whitewater rafting memorable. Overall fantastic!"

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Darrell U. - Trip Leader

Darrell has 35 years experience as whitewater rafting guide with certifications in CPR, First Aid, and Wilderness First Aid. He is from Charlotte, NC. Darrell has one daughter named Maggie. He enjoys spending his free outdoors or playing music.

-"We had such a wonderful time. BCE treated us great. Highly recommended. Darrell U. is the best. Thanks for memories that we will never forget. "

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Fish - Trip Leader

Fish rafted for two years recreationally before he became a certified guide. He has now been professionally rafting on the Pigeon River for 14 years. He is certified in First Aid and CPR. Fish is in charge of our training program and ensures all of our guides are prepared to get guests down the river with ease. Fish is from Cape May, NJ. He enjoys water sports, hiking, riding motorcycles, rollercoasters, and going camping.

"First time for our family and we wasn't sure what to expect! Fish was our guide and he was great! Definitely a memorable trip!"

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Steve - Trip Leader


"My husband and I went on a white water rafting adventure today on the upper pigeon river with our guide Steve… it was awesome!! It was definitely an adventure! Lots of fun, a little scary at times too which made for an unforgettable experience! Lots of laughs"

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Jedi Mike - Trip Leader


"Our guide Jedi Mike gave us a wonderful experience. He was very nice, funny, and very knowledgeable of the river and places he has gone in the past. Some of us were nervous and he definitely made us feel safe! thanks for a good time Mike!!! I suggest that everyone should do this!!"

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Huey - Trip Leader

Huey is First Aid, CPR, and Swift water certified. He has over 20 years experience professionally rafting on the Ocoee and Pigeon River. He has also rafted recreationally on the Gauley and Nolichucky Rivers. Huey is originally from Ocoee, TN. His dog is Biggie Smalls and the love of his life! You can typically find Biggie hanging around our outpost!

"This was one of the best parts of our family vacation! Our guide was Huey and made our trip very memorable! He shared interesting facts as we went down river alongside multiple stories! I would highly recommend doing this and ask for Huey!!"

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Crispy - Trip Leader

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Katie – Trip Leader

  • Certifications – Wilderness First Responder, First Aid and CPR
  • Years of Professional Rafting Experience – 10 yrs
  • Other rivers paddled – Gauley (WV), New River (WV), Chattooga (SC/GA), Ocoee (TN), Nolichucky (TN), Tallulah (GA), Cheoah (NC), Russell Fork (KY), Watauga Gorge (NC), Big Laurel (NC), French Broad (NC), etc.
  • Job in off-season – High School Math Teacher
  • Hometown – Ft. Walton Beach, FL.
  • Pets – Tallulah and Seda – pittbulls, El Guapo – horse

"We had an absolute blast! Katie was our guide and did a fantastic job of making the easier rapids feel more intense and the more intense rapids feel exciting and fun! The front desk staff were super friendly. They kept your keys for you on a colored carabiner and let you keep the carabiner when you claimed your keys at the end of the adventure! A great touch! The new location was easy to find. I highly recommend the place for everyone!"

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Willis - Guide

Willis is one of our most experienced guides with over 15 years of guiding on the Pigeon River. He is CPR and First Aid certified. You will most likely see Willis at the front of our trips running safety, as he has all the qualifications to be a top notch Trip Leader. He loves is job on the river because he feel it is an honor to take strangers down Class 3-4 Whitewater!

"You know a dream is like a river, forever changing as it flows, and a dreamer is just a vessel that must follow where it goes. You can sit upon that shoreline, ad say you are satisfied, or you can dare to chance the rapids and dare to dance with the tide. And believe me my friends, there is nothing so much worth doing than messing about in boats. Let's go rafting ya'll!!


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Wayne - Guide


"Wayne was our first guide and made such a lasting impression that when we returned 4 years later, we requested him again. He knows the river like the back of his hand and made sure we had a fun and safe time! The perfect 21st birthday adventure."

    Briggs

    Briggs - Guide

    Briggs has 27 years of whitewater rafting experience on an abundance of rivers. He has certifications in CPR and First Aid as well as being a Wilderness First Responder for 22 years. He thouroughly enjoys spending time outdoors doing things like rafting rivers, hiking, and moutain bikig. He is usually ccompanied by his dog, Polly The Rafting Dog", who enjoys spending her time outdoors as well.

    "This is an excellent activity. We went with our kids (7 & 9) for the lower Pigeon river tour. It was their first experience doing rafting. They enjoyed it and also enjoyed swiming in the river. Our tour guy, Briggs, was excellent and answered all my kids questions."



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    Miranda - Guide

    Miranda has been a guide on the Pigeon River for 22 years now and is certified in CPR and First Aid. She is currently living in Cosby, TN. She has four children, two of which work here on the river with her (Gillian and Caeden). She also has a cat named BooBoo, a dog named Piper, and a bearded dragon named Jimi!

    "We had such a great time! Miranda was our guide and she was super friendly and knowledgeable about the environment! We would absolutely go back!"

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    Joan - Guide

    Joan grew up traveling all over the US, pilot/colonels daughter. She found peace in whitewater and the mountains that surround it. She has five years experience in river guiding and certifications in CPR and Swift Water Rescue. Joan is the mother of an amazing daughter, she loves to write and draw, hike, is a movie buff, and music fanatic. She is forever searching for different colors in the sunset.

    "My fiance and I just had the pleasure of having Joan as our tour guide and she was great! She was knowledgeable and quirky, she made the trip very enjoyable!"


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    Mitch - Guide

    Mitch has been whitewater rafting for 5 years as a private boater and 2 years as a professional guide. He is certified in CPR and First aid. Mitch is originally from Hot Springs, AR. He enjoys canoeing, camping, hiking, and traveling in his free time.

    "We loved every minute, full of excitement! We had experienced and inexperienced rafters and we all had a blast, seeing wildlife, huge trout, clear water, great rapids and the best guide, Mitch!"

    Ernie 5

    Ernie - Guide

    Ernie (Erin) has five years experience in canoeing whitewater and two years experience in professional whitewater rafting. She is certified in First Aid and CPR. Erin also has a degree in Accounting. She grew up in Northwest Arkansas. Ernie loves to spend time outdoors and traveling.

    "First time white water rafting and it was so much fun. Ernie, our guide was very knowledgeable and shared lots of fun facts and answered all of my questions and made me feel very relaxed. Highly recommend!"

    Gillian

    Gillian - Guide

    Gillian has been a checked out guide for two seasons with us on the Pigeon River. She has been rafting on this river her entire life with her family of raft guides. She is certified in CPR and First Aid. Gillian was born in Knoxville and later moved to Charlotte, NC. She has grown up playing recreationally soccer in school. She will be heading to Western North Carolina to study Forensic Science this fall!

    "First time and it was amazing!!! Gillian was a rockstar and got us all down the river safely. All the ample safety equipment available and the guide knew exactly where to go."

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    Caeden - Guide

    Caeden is a second year guide with us this year but has rafted the Pigeon River his entire life with his family. He has certifications in CPR and First Aid. Caeden was born in Knoxville, TN but has lived in Charlotte, NC for more than 10 years. He enjoys spending his free time playing soccer and listening to music. He has a black cat named BooBoo and a black lab named Piper!

    "So much fun on the upper with our guide Caden! Class 3 & 4 rapids gave our family the excitement we were looking for! Thanks Caden!"

    Elton

    Elton - Guide

    Elton has over thirteen years experience has river guide on the Pigeon River. He is certified in First Aid and CPR. He spends his summers on the river and the rest of the year teaching. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Administrative Leadership. Outside of his work in the classroom, Elton enjoys triathlons and fly-fishing.

    Johnny B

    Jonny B - Guide

    Jonny B has 12 years experience in rafting and is CPR and First Aid certified. He enjoys spending his free time hiking, rafting, snowboarding, art, and sculpture. He has two dogs that are 1 and 11 years old, Shadow and Grandpa.

    "My family and I had such a great experience here! Our guide, Johnny B, was so good and entertained us the whole trip. Definitely ask for him if you are thinking about rafting. We had smiles and laughs! Go do it!"

    Dylan

    Dylan - Guide

    Dylan has certifications in CPR and First Aid. He has been working on the Pigeon River for five years. He spends his time playing Collegiate Baseball when he is not out on the water.

    "Awesome experience on the river with Class III and IV rapids. Dylan was absolutely AMAZING and ensured that we had a great experience. He was very professional but entertaining as well. While the river was great, the experience was the BEST because of Dylan. Would definitely request for him to be your guide!"

    Jimmy

    Jimmy "Freebird" - Guide

    Jimmy was apart of the U.S. Army and has certifications as a Paratrooper, Ranger, Airborne Air Assaults', Combat Life Saver, and Javelin Master Gunner. This is his second year as a river guide on the Pigeon River and certified in CPR and First Aid. Freebird is from Bullfrog Valley, AR."I was boating before I could drive, I could read water before i could read books, I taught Aquaman how to swim, and I resuscitated Poseidon"

    "The guide we got was incredible! Ask for Jimmy, or his nickname “Freebird”. He knew everything about the river, was funny— great with the kids, and made the experience so much fun."

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    Alyssa - Guide

    Alyssa has been rafting and kayaking four years recreationally and this is her second year guiding professionally on the Pigeon River. She is certified in CPR and First Aid. Alyssa is from Gatlinburg, TN. She is married with two children, two dogs, and 3 fish. She loves to boat, hike, fish, and spend quality time with her family.

    "White water rafting with Big Creek Adventures was so much fun! Our river guide Alyssa was INCREDIBLE- made the experience that much better. Thanks for making our family vacation so enjoyable!"

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    "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