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. 

Zipline Adventure

High-flying adventure with amazing views of the Smokies. Your zipline adventure provides 4.5 miles of lines on a 2.5 hour tour. Zipline tours have quickly become one of the most popular adventures in the Smokies, and one of the best ways to take in the mountain views. Take a tour with Legacy Mountain ziplines and it's easy to see why! Legacy Mountain ziplines in Sevierville offers the best zipline adventures; amazing views, high-flying adventure and a great staff.

Boasting 7 zip lines up to 2,500 feet long, Legacy Mountain is located on 400 acres of Smoky Mountain terrain. On your zipline tour you will cover up to 4.5 miles of lines, and reach heights of up to 300 feet. Plus, all this adventure is conveniently located just minutes from downtown Gatlinburg. Take your vacation to new heights by reserving a spot on one of the premiere zipline tours in the region!

The outpost for your zipline tour is located in Sevierville, while our rafting outpost is located in Hartford. For directions to your zipline tour outpost, please click here.

Though age is not a factor for zipline guests, we do requests that all touring participants weigh between 100 and 275 lbs.

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.

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.