Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
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 Â½ 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.
I attempted to book online and somehow ended up with tickets for the wrong day. My family was not able to stay an extra day to go on the SMR. I called and emailed for two days unable to contact anyone. I finally made contact with someone today who refused to refund us our money. Beware of their outdated website that makes booking errors! And not being able to contact anyone for days! They will not refund you your money. So sad a family attraction like this takes honest people's money and refuses to refund after their website made an error. Will NOT be coming back again. I read many reviews about this attraction being boring and a waste of time. I guess I should have chose something else to waste my money on.
Jennifer Ann Morrow
We did the Tuckasegee River Excursion in the first class car. Our entire group thought it was amazing. Our guide was informative (and quite funny!) and the food (I got the pot roast) was far better than I expected to get....so yummy! They have an extensive drink menu as well. We can't wait to do it again!
A fun, family-friendly excursion. If you want a quieter experience, consider first class. For a better view of the mountains and room for photos, try the open air gondolas. Feel free to ask the attendants questions!
The food was good and there was some onboard entertainment that we enjoyed. We had tickets for the regular open air gondala with the the add on BBQ Lunch. The views were unimpressive and the 1 hour layover was at a river outdoor centre so if you weren't getting off to do the rafting there was nothing to do. If I were to do this again I wouldn't pay any more than $30 dollars per ticket. The picture are deceiving, it may be better in the fall however we will not be going again for $51
Train is really clean and nice on the inside. The employees were really attentive and the kids loved it (Polar Express). I would recommend going when its completely dark, though, because it runs through an area that's run down, which is not very Christmas like looking out the windows while its still light outside.