Zipline Tours with Rafting in the Smokies in Gatlinburg, TN

Rafting in the Smokies3595 Hartford RdHartford, TN 37735
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Offered by Rafting in the Smokies, Zipping in the Smokies offers a fun family adventure located in Hartford, Tennessee. Guests (ages five years and older) can enjoy viewing the 10-acre wooden island from high up in the air, featuring a total of six ziplines crossing two sky bridges. Guests can also enjoy amenities like barbecue grills, picnic tables, swings, nature trails and more.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Hartford Travel Experts
  • Located in Hartford, TN.
  • Participants must be between 45 and 250 lbs.
  • Closed toe shoes required.
  • Allot 1 hour for tour.
  • 6 ziplines and 2 sky bridges.
  • 150' swinging bridge.


from Zipping in the Smokies
Zipline presented by Rafting in the Smokies at our Family Adventure Island, conveniently located right behind our river outpost in Hartford, TN.

Feel the anticipation growing as you cross our 150' swinging bridge to the breathtaking 10-acre wooded island in the middle of the Big Pigeon River. After you receive your safety gear and instruction session with your personal adventure guide, you’ll climb high in the air on our impressive zipline tower. Get set for an adrenaline rush!

Safety First:
  • All participants are fitted with a full body harness and helmet

  • All participants receive thorough safety instruction

  • All tours are accompanied by well-trained adventure guides

  • All stairs and tower levels are equipped with safety rails

  • Clothing Requirements:
    • Capri pants or shorts that are at least mid-thigh in length, t-shirt, and closed toe shoes.

    • Due to harness placement, swimsuits and short shorts are not permitted.


    • Weight requirements:
      • Participants must be between 45 and 250 lbs.

      For your safety, no drinks, alcoholic beverages or food are allowed on the trip. Rafting in the Smokies reserves the right to refuse anyone under the influence.

      Ziplines and rafting excursions are located at the same location at our river outpost where we have changing facilities, restrooms, and hot showers for your convenience.

Reserve Gatlinburg Customer Reviews

Heith Swafford
Hixson, TN
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Good equiptment, but not exactly the experience that is advertised."
October, 2015
I went to this zipline having done big ziplines like the one at the Ocoee. I was thinking that "Zipping through the Smokies" would be actually going through the mountains, getting above the trees. No doubt it was still fun, all of the staff was good and the equipment was good but the zip was a little boring. There are 5 zips you just go around in a circle and you stay below the trees the entire time. It isn't fast or very exciting. The scenery is beautiful though.

I would recommend this to beginners who want to experience zip lining but don't like being up too high.
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Tip: Know that it is a short course. You will be done in less than 30 minutes.

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Totowa, New Jersey
"Lots of Fun For the Family"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 09, 2019
Family of 8 went on the raft. We had a ball. Would definitely recommend. Youngest person on board was 6 years old, and he had a ball. Guide was funny, and helpful.
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"Would have been a great trip if I hadn't ruptured a ligament in my knee"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed December 18, 2018
This was my family's very first rafting experience. We are a family of 3 and opted for the upper river excursion on August 18, 2018. Our guide was very experienced, personable, friendly, etc. However, we were assigned to a raft with another family of 4. So in total, including our guide, there were 8 people in our raft. The other family requested the first two rows at the front of the raft. My children took the 3rd row, which left me seated opposite our guide, on the actual rear of the raft, not on an actual seat down in the raft. Our trip could have been a perfectly enjoyable one; however, when we hit the first series of bigger rapids, I was catapulted out of the raft in a class 4 rapid. I was thrown backwards and out of the right side of the raft but with my right foot still firmly wedged in, as we had been instructed to wedge our outside foot under the seat in front of us for stability. The rapids were far too powerful for me to pull myself back into the raft, so for the several seconds that I was being dragged through the current, my head and upper body were completely submerged and the tumbling around caused my body to twist and turn enough to rupture the Anterior Cruciate Ligament in my knee. Many thanks to our guide who was able to pull me back into the raft by my life vest. There is a reason that guests are asked to sign waivers before they take excursions like this. I for one had the attitude that "nothing will happen to us, we'll be fine." But the reality is, having an experienced guide in the raft certainly cannot prevent accidents from happening. It could have happened to anyone; however, my advice to folks considering doing an upper level excursion, is to make sure you are not asked to be seated on the back of the raft. I can't say for sure, but perhaps being seated in the raft on an actual seat would have been safer. As a result of my injury, I had to undergo knee surgery to replace the ruptured ligament with a donor cadaver ligament, as well as several months of post-surgery physical therapy to rebuild my knee strength. My doctor says that it takes approximately 1 year to fully recover and rehabilitate from the kind of surgery I had to have. On a positive note, everyone else in our group had a great time.
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Rock Hill
"What a Blast"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 07, 2018
We visited when we took our granddaughter on her generation skipping trip. This whitewater trip was one of the highlights of our trip. We had chosen the upper portion with Class III and IV rapids - and we experienced a rafting trip worth every penny we paid! Our guide Russ had assigned us to the back of the raft, there where four more people in front of us, and at the very front of the raft was Helena, our 9 year old! She was not really happy, but accepted the authority of our guide Russ, who based his seat assignments on many years of experience, and also on the fact that she had no paddle to help guide our raft. After we had passed the first three rapids, including the photo taking point, we were all wet through and through. At this point Russ guided the raft into calmer waters and got Helena to sit in the back of the raft away from the worst water coming into the raft. And all the time he asked and made sure Helena felt save! At the end of the trip we all agreed what a wonderful experience that was, and what a great guide Russ is.
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Sheila B
Plano, Texas
"The River Wild"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 04, 2018
Highly recommend booking your rafting trip with these outfitters, the guides are awesome and the rafting is amazing. There were more 3 and 4 rating rapids than 1-2, so if you are looking for a wild ride down the Pigeon River go with them on the Upper River and you will get the ride you are looking for.
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"Wonderful 1st Time Rafting Experience for my Teens"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 02, 2018
We rafted down the Pigeon River on the last day of the season. My husband and I had rafted with Rafting in the Smokies before we had kids and were happy to raft with them again. It was our teenage girls’ first time and they loved it! Celeste, our rafting guide, was very knowledgeable of the river. We were given great instructions prior to the trip on safety and how not to fall out of the boat. Because it was so late in the season, there was not a controlled water flow, just natural. It was a little tricky in spots, but Celeste coached us safely through. We made wonderful family memories and will definitely raft with this company again!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Zipping in the Smokies

Are there any weight restrictions?
Yes, you have to weigh between 45 and 250 lbs. to participate.

What do I need to wear for the Zipline?
The best thing to wear is long shorts or pants. The material will make the harness more comfortable against your skin. You must also wear shoes that are secure around your ankles: No flip-flops, Crocs, or bare feet please. We recommend sneakers or water shoes. We have changing facilities complete with hot showers, so you can easily transition between outdoor adventure activities.

How many ziplines are there?
There are six ziplines and two sky bridges.  The lines are approximately 600 ft. long and are 40 to 60 ft. high.  It will normally take one hour to complete the course.

How far are you from Gatlinburg?
Our River Outpost is located in Hartford (exit 447 off I-40) about a 30-40 minute scenic drive from Gatlinburg

What about inclement weather?
We operate the Zipline rain or shine — getting wet is half the fun! If there is lightning in the area, our Outpost Managers may delay until the storm has passed. We love liquid sunshine!

If I am pregnant can I go?

Do you have a minimum age for children?
Yes, children must be 5 years old and all participants must weigh at least 45 lbs.

What times are the Zipline available? Can I schedule it on the same day as my Rafting/Ropes Course?
The Zipline operates from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and it is in your best interest to schedule all activities on the same day in order to eliminate unnecessary travel time. Usually we can accommodate your preferred activity schedule.

Is there more to do than Ziplining?
There are lots of great outdoor activities to enjoy with us! We offer rafting and horseback riding (off-site). And while you’re visiting us take time to enjoy the picnic tables with BBQ grill, swings, bean bag toss game, swimming beach, and nature trail all on our Family Adventure Island accessed by a 150-ft swinging bridge.