Gatlinburg Rafting and Zipline



Big Creek Expeditions, an owner operated whitewater rafting outpost in Hartford, Tennessee is partnered with various outdoor excursion activities in the Smoky Mountains to offer our guests the BEST adventures in the area. To make the most of your trip to the mountains, rafting and ziplining are two fantastic ways to satisfy your thirst for adventure. Pair your Whitewater Rafting or Scenic Float trip with one of our zipline adventures to save the most time and money while making memories that will be the highlight of your trip to the Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville area. The best in Gatlinburg rafting and ziplining is with Big Creek Expeditions!


Adventure Park Ziplines



Adventure Park Zipline is located in Sevierville, Tennessee, across from the Tanger Outlet shopping center a roughly 45 minutes trip from our outpost in Hartford, Tennessee. Built on a 70-acre nature park and offering lines up to 2,500 feet long, Adventure Park is a family friendly zipline experience. Guests can enjoy seven thrilling lines while soaking in unique views from one hundred feet above. Beautiful scenery will surround you as you enjoy an introductory zipline experience. Perfect for groups, families, or individuals that want to zipline in the Smoky Mountains. For weight or age restrictions or to learn more, please visit our Package Page or call us at 877-642-7238. If you are looking for rafting and zipline trips, we have you covered.


Legacy Mountain Zipline


Legacy Mountain Zipline is located on 400 acres of beautiful land in Sevierville, Tennessee, a roughly 45 minutes drive from the Big Creek Expeditions rafting outpost. Offering a unique, high-flying, adventure-packed zipline experience with seven thrilling ziplines reaching speeds up to 50 MPH. A trip with Legacy Mountain and Big Creek Expeditions is sure to be the highlight of your vacation. Boasting 4.5 miles of ziplines, guests will soar above the treetops while enjoying views from 500 feet above ground, as well as traverse 3 rope bridges between zips. This trip is perfect for groups, families and individuals with a thirst for adventure. For weight limits and age restrictions or to learn more, please visit our Packages Page or call us at 877-642-7238. If you are looking for rafting and ziplining trips, we have you covered. Just want to zipline? You can book a zipline trip through our website and save big!


For the BEST in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge or Sevierville Rafting and Ziplines, book a trip with Big Creek Expeditions today!


A Local Perspective: Top 3 Must Do Activities in the Smoky Mountain Area

I may be a bit biased in saying this, but the Great Smoky Mountains, Cherokee National Forest and Pisgah National Forest are by far one of the most beautiful and breathtaking places I have experienced. Having moved here when I was 11 years old, I have been awarded an opportunity to dive into the wild parts of these mountains, plunder the streams, find hidden gems and backpack overnight along the Appalachian Trail. Below I have highlighted three MUST DO activities in the trifecta of the Smokies, Cherokee and Pisgah Forests—my personal “Do Not Miss” list of some pretty epic unknown spots.

Respect these places, for they are my home and the home of the tiniest, yet largest of ecosystems. If you’re new to outdoor experiences in wild places, learn more about how to Leave No Trace.

Rafting with Big Creek Expeditions

Guests on the Class III-IV Pigeon River in Hartford, Tennessee

The Great Smoky Mountain’s natural Dollywood can be found on The Pigeon River. Located in Hartford, Tennessee—the closest whitewater rafting to the Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville area, this river is nestled on the quieter side of the Smokies. The 11 mile section is broken up into two separate adventures for people to choose from: Whitewater Rafting Trip featuring class I-IV rapids or a Scenic Float trip featuring class I-II rapids. There are some restrictions for the trip, for example, guests have to be at least 8 years old to go on the Whitewater Rafting Trip and 3 years old to go on the Scenic Float Trip. No previous experience is necessary! Rafting is the Smoky Mountain way to cool off from the summer heat, bond with your family and friends by creating life lasting memories, and truly experience the absolute best that the Great Smoky Mountains has to offer—by playing outside. People often say that rafting adventures are the highlight of their trips (and super affordable, too).

Why Big Creek Expeditions? As a smaller company, Big Creek Expeditions is owner-operated with a staff that feels more like family than co-workers. Passionate people that love what they do are never truly working, and for the folks at Big Creek, they love what they do and it shows. Perhaps some of the nicest people you could meet work there. Also, they boast some of the most experienced and professional staff on the river that know how to stay safe and have a drenching, adventurous whitewater experience—or let you sit back, relax, and soak in the beauty and sunshine on your Scenic Float Trip.

Midnight Hole

Midnight Hole, a swimming spot in the Big Creek Section of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park

Located in the Big Creek section of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an easy trail winding it’s way 1.7 miles into the mountains, where guests can find swimming holes galore. My personal favorite is Midnight Hole, where the width of Big Creek is constricted by large Sandstone boulders creating one of the most phenomenal swimming holes I have ever seen. Jump off the 10 foot boulders into the cool, crisp, clear water of Big Creek. The water is crystal clear and you can see trout swimming in the waters. Pack a picnic to enjoy creek side. As always, be sure to clean up after yourself. Not even a half mile up the trail from Midnight Hole is Mouse Creek Falls, a gorgeous Smoky Mountain waterfall.


Max Patch

My dog, Cascade, enjoying a sunset on Max Patch

When reflecting on my most magical memories in the local area, Max Patch continuously saturates my mind. The panoramic, breathtaking views, the sunrises and sunsets, the intersecting Appalachian Trail, the best kite-flying and picnic destination, the camping, the wildflowers abound and Carolina warblers chirping, the stars—my, how I love Max Patch. Beyond what I’ve just highlighted, Max Patch continues to draw me in because my best fur friend, Cascade, is welcome on the trails, so long as I clean up after him. Max Patch is a spectacular mountain bald boasting 360-degree panoramic views of the Appalachian Mountains. The Appalachian Trail (AT) bisects Max Patch Mountain, allowing visitors an opportunity to knock a few of the 2,000+ AT miles off their belts. Perhaps the most spectacular place to watch a sunset after a visit to Western North Carolina or East Tennessee.

The hike to the top is very mild. Start at the trailhead sign and choose to go left (0.4 miles to the summit) or right (0.3 miles to the summit). Follow the trail to the top and you’ll be there! Currently most of the land on Max Patch bald is being preserved to help rebuild the habitat for Carolina Warblers and Monarch Butterflies. Please be sure to remain on marked trails to help preserve their habitat.