Special Places

Pigeon River Gorge

Immediately adjacent to the Smokies, the Pigeon River Gorge is rugged and remote. The Appalachian Trail bisects the area beginning at Davenport Gap, and a trail shelter is located near Groundhog Creek, a tributary of the Pigeon. Scenic trails follow Groundhog Creek and Rube Rock Branch, which cascades down steep rock ledges. The Pigeon is a cherished whitewater paddling river, and backpackers enjoy loop hikes with the A.T. through ancient forests.

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Popular activities in the Pigeon River Gorge

paddling

Paddling

hiking

Hiking

running

Running

swimming

Swimming

rare species

Rare Species

equestrian

Equestrian

old growth

Old-Growth

climbing

Climbing

fishing

Fishing

scenic views

Scenic Views