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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.



Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Great fun. We did combination train and whitewater and loved it. Included a box lunch that was better than a typical boxed lunch. Banjo player on the train was fun. I advise the open air boxcar facing the depot for the best view. Our whitewater guide was Brandon, and he was great. Whitewater trip is excellent for all ages but child must be 6 years old or a certain weight.

Pip Sheppard

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
We took the "21 and Older" car of the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad and had a complete blast. Ours was the Nantahala Gorge trip. It was reasonably priced (with the senior discount - 55 and up). We were provided with a good meal, a tote bag, and two tumblers. The salad they tested on us was large and good. The desserts are not for dieters. The absolute best part was our cabin's server and guide. Steve made the trip most enjoyable with his infectious humor and knowledge of everything along the way. He was the best. We had a mini-concert by banjo playing Mr. Dial. Just wonderful. If you're taking a trip to the North Carolina mountains, this is definitely one of the side trips you'll want to make. We'll done all around!

Nanette Higney

Wednesday, July 25, 2018
We didn't ride on the train. But we "touristed" our way through Bryson City. We live in a neighboring town (that is also a tourist destination) so our escape from the tourists that come to our town is to go to Bryson City! Lovely little town. Great shops. Delightful eateries. And the flowers that line the streets! Beautiful!! Come check out Bryson City. Oh! And while visiting make sure you Side the Train!!

C Fisher

Monday, Aug. 6, 2018
Pay for the narration car!! COMPLETELY worth it! What a wonderful trip, with a wonderful narrator, Tim. Also, FYI, buy the $10 boxed lunch. You get a lot of food, and you don't have to rush to a restaurant during the stopover. Well worth it!

Daniel Ruggles

Friday, March 30, 2018
Awesome! Worth the money! My wife and I took the kiddos on the ride that stops at the nature center, and loved it. At first I thought it was a little on the pricey side but once you see the views, you realize it's worth it. We rode in the enclosed cars without the dinner tables but were able to walk to the next car and buy snacks and drinks. It's definitely a fun time! The train ticket also includes admission to the model train museum, which was pretty cool, too. Overall, worth it! Make sure you have enough time to walk around Bryson city though if you decide you ride the train.

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