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Big Creek Expeditions

Big Creek Expeditions

White Water Rafting Gatlinburg Tennessee with Big Creek Expeditions

Looking to make the most of your next trip to the Smoky Mountains? Big Creek Expeditions makes it easy to reserve your spot for some of the best outdoor adventures in the region. Located near the heart of the Smoky Mountains, visitors can choose from a whitewater rafting adventure, our scenic float trip, a high-flying zipline tour, and many more adventure packages!If you're ready to add a little excitement to your life, Big Creek Expeditions will give you the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the Smokies on a professionally guided outdoor adventure.

Whitewater rafting on the Upper and Lower Pigeon River. No experience necessary. Experienced guide in every raft. 

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Zipline Adventure

Continue fueling your adventurous spirit by combining the whitewater thrill of the Upper Section on the Pigeon River with the adrenaline-pumping Legacy Mountain zipline tour. Fitting both splash and zip into one fun-filled day, guests will start their adventure at 9:00 AM with Legacy Mountain in Sevierville. Legacy Mountain boasts 7 ziplines, spanning 400 acres of beautiful Smoky Mountain terrain with views of Mt. Leconte and The Pinnacle. Soar 400 feet above the treetops, flying up to 40 mph speeds with zips spanning 450 to 3,400 feet! Following you zip, you will have time to grab a bite to eat and take a drive through the mountains to the Big Creek Expeditions outpost for a rafting reservation with a 4:30 PM check-in time. Finish your excursion with the 5.5 mile whitewater adventure of the Upper section of the Pigeon River!

Notes: This package is available from the last week of May through the first week of September and does not include lunch provided by Big Creek Expeditions. Guests are encouraged to bring a packed lunch or check out the local fare. There is no need to bring your lunch on the river. Your Upper Section trip ends back at our outpost at approximately 12:30pm. You will then have a two hour break before the check-in time for your next trip.


Scenic Floats

As the Pigeon River comes out of the steeper parts of the gorge it calms down a bit. Beginning at our outpost, the Lower Section of the Pigeon River is perfect for those looking for a scenic float trip of the Smoky Mountains. Stretching 5.5 miles of river distance and lasting approximately 1.5 hours, this section is beautiful and relaxing with a sample of whitewater. Class I & II rapids provide a great introduction for those not wanting to go straight to the Upper Section. Minimum age: 3. No experience necessary. Take in the views, soak in some sun, and splash in the cool water on this ideal Smoky Mountain float trip.

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About Us

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.