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Bryson City - 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.


Damon Shivvers

Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018
This was the trip of a lifetime with my whole family -- 4 generations together for a wonderful time in the mountains, and to ride the Polar Express. My grandson may not remember it, but we'll have pictures and stories to retell. The train ride was a real treat. I love the feel of the old train and the ride is something everyone should experience at least once.

Kathy Williams

Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018
This train trip is a must for everyone. During the holidays if you ride at Christmas holiday time and take the polar Express everyone comes dressed in their pajamas. It is a blast. Tickets sell fast. If you are planning a trip at holiday Google great smoky mountains railroad ahead of time to purchase tickets. The kids have a blast. The Bryson City NC area is a really great departure City. This area is like a story book at Christmas. It is truly a gem of a place.

Donald East

Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017
Just got off the Polar Express ride.... This is a must. We did the first class ride and it was and is worth every penny. Yes it is a little pricey. But you will have the time of your life if you have little ones. All of the staff are over the top friendly. The young lady that danced and sang was great. She was able to get my daughter to get up and dance and that is no easy task. The train was very clean and well maintained. It brought back a lot of memories from when I was a small child riding a train from Florida to Nebraska. The whole ride was done right. We will be returning for many more trips.

nicholas abston

Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018
Prepare for a train ride in the Great Smokey Mountains! This railroad is great for children year-round! Try to book the winter months in advance to get the 'Polar Express' treatment with cookies and hot chocolate. During the Christmas season, they decorate the surrounding area with lights and a narrative by the train staff just like the movie. There are restrooms on this train that are adequate for anyone, with room to change a baby.

Tyler Beckett

Friday, Jan. 26, 2018
It's fun but not a repeat. We took our family on a trip to do the polar express ride in bryson city. It was a good experience but not one that we will be returning for. We felt it was overpriced based on the condition of the train car and what you actually get. When we got there, our tickets for crown class had been accidentally canceled by their computer system and they had resold our spots. They moved us to coach class and refunded the difference. The hot chocolate and the cookies were enjoyed by our family. The seats had holes in places and the seats were repaired with green duct tape which looked silly. We felt the crew did their best to make it like the polar express as much as possible. Half way through the ride you get to see the "north pole" and Santa brings everyone a bell. Fun experience, but overpriced.

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