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Address: 226 Everett Street, Bryson City, NC 28713
Phone Number: 800-872-4681
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Description: A 52-mile rail journey through valleys, inside winding tunnels and across...
A 52-mile rail journey through valleys, inside winding tunnels and across spectacular gorges of the Great Smoky Mountains.
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Nice journey along the Nantahala River...Several Options

I am a big fan of excursion trains and have found very few I didn't enjoy. This one is no exception. It is a very pleasant ride along the banks of the Nantahala river. As many... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 3, 2015
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Bryson City, North Carolina
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

My new town and my new train! Took my mom, son, daughter-in-law, and grandson on train to the Nantahalla River ride. We had a blast. We had great seats, they have a snack bar, music, and they gave my grandson a coloring book and crayons. We went on a rainy cold day and still had fun! Would love to go... More 

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Burlington, North Carolina
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

We recently took the Tuckasegee River excursion on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. We rode in first class and enjoyed great views and a delicious meal as we traveled. It was neat seeing the bus/train wreck scene from the move "The Fugitive." We had about 90 minutes on a layover in Dillsboro, so we checked out several small shops and... More 

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Dayton, Ohio
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

The train ride was a great experience for my grandchildren. The staff was extremely polite and accommodating during our ride.

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Stroud, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Having a railway enthusiast husband I have travelled on trains all round the world but this was the most enjoyable. The entertainment and information given was excellent and made for such an enjoyable day. The service was great, friendly but not obtrusive and the views we passed were some of the best I've seen. To end what had been a... More 

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Jefferson, GA, United States
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Now that my wife and I are slipping more into retirement we have decided to start traveling old railroads. The GSMR was fairly close for us and in a section of country we love dearly, the great Smokey Mountains. We took the First Class option and thankful for having done so, The ride and the scenery were beautiful. However, there... More 

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Lakeland, Florida, United States
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Check in was easy and a nice station where they have photographers to take your picture in front of the engine, of course for purchase later. Boarding was a breeze, even with small children. There is access to food once on board such as popcorn, hot dogs, soda/coffee and more. We were on the open gondola style train. Great for... More 

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Pensacola, Florida, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Spend a day on the train, go rafting......enjoy the great food served on the train.....don't forget your camera......

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Houma, Louisiana
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

By all means my husband had to ride a train on our recent trip to North Carolina so I booked a trip on the Nantahala Excursion since this was the only one running at the time. I knew it would be a bad trip when they had passengers from at least 4 different cars loading at one entrance. I really... More 

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Lawrence, Kansas
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

A great trip. Call for reservations and your parking is included. On line res. do not include parking($5). Veterans get 20% discount. Your ride ticket also gets you into the museum of modelRRs. Do not miss the museum. The Nantahala ride was very scenic.

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tennessee
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417 helpful votes 417 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

I am a big fan of excursion trains and have found very few I didn't enjoy. This one is no exception. It is a very pleasant ride along the banks of the Nantahala river. As many have mentioned, the views are on the left side going out. There are various options for the types of cars to ride in with... More 

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