About Our Company


USA RAFT has welcomed rafters since 1993 on the Pigeon River and offers "Mild to Wild" guided whitewater rafting trips for ages four and up. The Pigeon River offers a delightful and scenic introduction to whitewater for all Smoky Mountain vacationers. With miles of continuous adventure and family class rapids nestled in the heart of Tennessee's most spectacular mountain scenery, the Pigeon is one of the most popular whitewater rafting trips in the country.We offer plenty of parking, hot showers, changing facilities, picnic area and plenty of places to kick back and relax. No experience necessary.Reservations are needed. you can make them right here online or call 1-888-USA-RAFT. Lodging is available at area campgrounds, B&Bs and hotels.


Shannon and Shannan Skidmore (owners)


Shannon and Shannan Skidmore are both East Tennessee natives. Graduating from high school and college together, they were married in 1996. The couple have two children, Emily- Kate and Joseph.  After 15 years in the tubing business on the Little River in Townsend at Smoky Mountain River Rat, the Shannons decided to expand their knowledge of the river and customer service to include the more adventurous side of the Smokies. Tubing and white water rafting seemed like the perfect match, adding more options for their faithful tubing customers.  While USA Raft has been rafting the Eastern Rivers of the United States for decades, including the Pigeon River since 1993, the Skidmores became co owners of the Pigeon Outpost in 2007.


Wayne and Jennifer Duerer (owners)

Wayne and Jennifer Duerer joined the Skidmores as partners of USA Raft Pigeon River in 2009. Wayne was a member of the corporate world. Feeling the time was right, he took the plunge into the world of the self employed. Jennifer is Mrs. Shannan's sister. When younger, she had worked for the River Rat, even managing an outpost. With Wayne's HR and accounting experience and Jennifer's family ties to the Rat, the Pigeon River outpost is now complete. The Duerers are proud parents of two young daughters, Sophia and Isabel.



November 1, 2011
Thanks to all our guests for a wonderful 2011 season!

December 1, 2011
May you and yours have a cheerful holiday season!


What They Say

quote Guys, thanks for the fun Rafting last summer. Will definitely be back next season for a full day adventure with you guys. Merry Christmas and another fun-filled fruitful New Year! s "

by: Alex Villaruel


With USA Raft Pigeon River only 45 minutes from downtown Gatlinburg,(TN) this Tennessee Whitewater rafting excursion is a must do on your activity list while in the Gatlinburg / Pigeon Forge vacation area. USA Raft offers Smoky Mountain Whitewater rafting for all experience levels, accommodating children as young as three years of age. Thank you for visiting our web site. We hope to see you on the river soon!


3630 Hartford Road
Hartford, TN 37753


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