After the Smoke Cleared: 3 Years After the Gatlinburg Fires

November of 2016 brought the largest wildfire in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s history, marking the largest natural disaster in Tennessee’s history. Now, three years later, the Smokies are recovering. Several species of plants and animals are thriving in the post-fire forests, new and old destinations both in and outside of the park are […]

Whitewater Rafting in the Great Smoky Mountains: A First-Timer’s Perspective

The Mckenzie family came whitewater rafting with Big Creek Expeditions in August of 2019. Read below to hear Vickie’s perspective, in her own words, on her first time rafting experience: “My kids are very adventurous. I’m not sure where they get that from. I’m a self proclaimed beach bum that would sit and watch ocean […]

Top 5 Reasons Groups Love Rafting at Big Creek Expeditions

#1. Creating lifelong memories in a beautiful setting Big Creek Expeditions outpost is located on the quieter side of the Smoky Mountains in Hartford, Tennessee, just a short drive from the Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville area. As the Pigeon River cuts it’s way through the gorge, guests can enjoy breathtaking mountain views, wildlife sightings, […]

Tennessee Whitewater Rafting and Camping

One of the best ways to experience the Great Smoky Mountain’s beauty is outside, under the stars, sitting around a campfire and swapping stories that will be retold for years to come. Add a babbling river or creek and short access to hiking trails, and you have the recipe for an outdoor adventure in the […]