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Great Smoky Mountains Railroad



About Us

Departing from Bryson City offering two 4+ hour scenic railroad excursions through WNC and the Great Smoky Mountains! Join us for a variety of seating and meal options to customize your vacation. Steam and diesel powered services available. Schedule and fares vary depending on departure date- Go to or call 800-872-4681 for detailed information.
Nantahala Gorge Excursion- Westbound
This 4½ hour excursion carries you 44 miles round-trip through the Nantahala Gorge and back again. Enjoy Bluegrass music and Appalachian stories while traveling along the Tennessee and Nantahala Rivers. The historic Trellis Bridge takes you across Fontana Lake and into the beautiful Nantahala Gorge. Arrive at the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) for a one-hour layover where you can relax by the river or enjoy sight-seeing.
The Nantahala Gorge Excursion operates April through October.
Tuckaseegee River Excursion- Eastbound
Join us for a relaxing ride through quiet country-side on your way to small town life in western North Carolina. This 4 hour excursion travels 32 miles round-trip to Dillsboro. Experience a ride through the famous Cowee Tunnel. Pass by the famous movie set of The Fugitive starring Harrison Ford! The trip includes an hour-and-a-half layover in the historic town of Dillsboro, where you’ll find shops, restaurants, bed and breakfasts and country Inns.
Seating Options
Our classes of seating, including First Class, Family First Class, Premium Open Air Gondola, Crown, Coach, and Open Air Gondola help travelers of all sizes and budgets customize their scenic ride! Seating options vary depending on excursion.
Special Events
Uncorked; Fontana Trestle Featuring BBQ & Brews; Peanuts Easter Beagle; 8 hr. Photo Special; Scout Day; Freedom Train; Wizard of Oz; Railroad Reserve; Solar Eclipse Train; Peanuts Pumpkin Patch Express; and the widely popular Polar Express!

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