Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

45 Mitchell Street

With 53 miles of track, two tunnels and 25 bridges, the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad will take you on a memorable journey through a remote and beautiful corner of North Carolina. Ride with us into river gorges, across valleys and through tunnels carved out of majestic mountains.

The Railroad offers a variety of scenic, round-trip excursions departing from Bryson City. Trips range from 3 ½ hours to a full day of fun and adventure.

The Nantahala Gorge Excursion carries you 44 miles to the Nantahala Gorge and back again. Travel the Little Tennessee and Nantahala Rivers across Fontana Lake and into the magic of the Nantahala Gorge.

The Tuckasegee River Excursion travels 32-mile roundtrip along the Tuckasegee River through old railroad towns and scenic meadows. Specialty excursions include our Special Event Dinner Trains, Peanuts The Easter Beagle Express, The Lone Ranger, Railfest, Peanuts The Great Pumpkin Patch Express, and The Polar Express.


Teresa Smith

Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017

The Wizard of Oz train ride was amazing! I had so much fun. All of the cast members were so friendly and never minded taking pictures with us when we asked (we are, by no means, children and didn't have any with us). They were all so kind to all of the kids and you could see that they genuinely enjoyed their job and interacting with the public. They made the story work well with the train ride. It was a lot of fun. I can't wait to take the train again.

Erick von Schulz

Thursday, July 6, 2017

I was not expecting much and did not even want to go on this train. However after getting dragged on by other people who bought the tickets. I had a great time. The food was great, the staff was ultra friendly and fun. I think his name was Steve, he mentioned he was on auction hunter TV show if that helps. If you can get him you are in luck. He is very knowledgeable about the area and quite funny. We are already planning to come back net year.

Cevin Thornbrugh

Monday, Aug. 28, 2017

The view was great and the train ride was nice, but they tried way too hard to entertain. The host of the car kept sperting out miss-informed info and would barely let there be a quiet moment. I spent a lot of time in the snack car just to get a break from her. The bathrooms were nice though :)

Jill Bond

Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our trip today on the Nantahala Gorge train ride! Staff is terrific! Tour guide Steve is perfect for this job. Kept everyone involved and laughing. And Tim the storyteller is superb! Quite the character! Another favorite was Isaac the banjo player. Food is also delicious. We had the pulled pork and honestly it was some of the best pork I have had. And the desserts were fantastic. The views are beautiful and the whole experience was topnotch! Great day!

Ximena Suarez

Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017

We planed a mini vacation to Bryson City and we heard very good things about the train trip. Views were amazing and the staff are great. We were a little disappointed with the VIP accommodation. We expected a more comfortable chairs as we were going with our little ones. The offered decent food