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“A great time!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Great Smoky Mountain Railroad

Great Smoky Mountain Railroad
226 Everett Street, Bryson City, NC 28713
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Type: Scenic Railroads, Landmarks
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Owner description: A 52-mile rail journey through valleys, inside winding tunnels and across spectacular gorges of the Great Smoky Mountains.
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“A great time!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2008

We took our 2 yo son yesterday on the Nantahalla Gorge trip. We all loved it. It wasn't cheap, but the look on hisface during the ride, and at the train museum was priceless. If you too have a train lover, don't miss this great attraction.

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Charlotte, NC
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“Dinner Train Experience: Better Food than Scenery”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2008

From the "reception" where they only had one type of white wine available (no red at all), then you waited 45 minutes to board the train, to the windows on one side of the train that were so old that it was impossible to see out them, to the poor dilapidated scenery, can't say much for the ride. The food, however, was very good, but not so great as to make me want to go back again, or suggest this as a must-do experience.

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Belmont, New Hampshire
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“boring railroad trip”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2008

The advertisement was misleading. It suggested a lot more in views than you actually see. It was boring and un eventful. The only thing that was interesting was the class 5 rapids for rafting at the one hour stop so you could spend time and money at the stores. Most of the input during the ride was about the food car and what they had to eat. Wouldn't recommend to anyone

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Rabbit Gut, OK
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“For nostalgia and nature lovers”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2008

If you are looking for beauty, thrills, excitement and adventure in a clean and wonderous setting, you better go to Disney World. But if you just want the beauty and wonderous setting, then this is the attraction for you. Basicly, you can choose to see the fertilizer or the rosebay rhododendron and wildflowers. You can see a bunch of tree's, or actually see over 125 varieties of trees that are found in western North Carolina. And you can see these trees growing out of the side of a granite mountain, and along the banks of a rushing river, and in the mirror like reflection of lake Fontanna. You can see delapidated shacks and junky yards, or you can see floating cabins and quaint red barns in green pastures. However you look at it, the GSMR will give you something interesting to do. How much you enjoy it is up to you.

Here are a couple of tips to make your trip more enjoyable. Theres no other way to put it, the tickets are expensive. Too much in my opinion. You can buy tickets online way in advance so that this expense is not coming out of your travel budget. And the food on the train and other places in the area is expensive as well. The quality certainly doesn't match the high price. You will be better off packing a nice lunch and bringing your own drinks.

The biggest problem you should have is trying to stay awake because the train will rock you to sleep.

All aboard!

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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“Allll Aboard!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2008

Tuckasegee River-April
Please don't let the title scare you away from this excursion. This excursion does not portray itself to be a movie set or a staged facade . (although there is a movie set included for free) we will get to that further in the review.
Our ride began in the center of Dillsboro, NC. Arrive early to explore Dillsboro prior to departure.
I purchased our tix in advance in March and not knowing what the weather was going to be like in April, we chose the climate controlled cars instead of the open cars. $12.00 p/person upgrade.
We spent most of our ride in the open car because the weather was beautiful. So take your chances when booking in advance. :)

This rail system was a true freight line prior to it becoming obsolete then being taken over by the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad.
This excursion follows the tuckaseegee River on one side and the side of a mountain through portions of the ride, through winding fields, panaramic mountain views, over three bridges, and a tunnel that leaves you in total darkness for one full minute..

(This would be a good time to throw momma from the train lol)

You will pass the train and bus accident scene from the movie The Fugitive with Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones. They have left the scene intact where it was filmed. One Take was all they got.

It may have been the timing of our trip but we had beautiful views from both sides of the train and some not so beautiful views of homeowners backyards. Most of the homeowners' did come out and wave to the passing train. This ride includes a 1.5 hour layover in the town of Bryson. A very nice little town worthy of exploring for more than the alotted time. The Depot again is situated in the center of town with all of the restaurants, ice cream shop, and real estate agents. Your ticket includes admission to the toy train museum..A must see for any age.

The conductor was very well spoken and VERY prompt (he sounds a lot like Hank Hill from King of the Hill)...you will want to pay verrrry close attention to your time in Bryson or you will walk 16 miles back to Dillsboro or camp out in Bryson for a week :) which didn't sound so bad.

Upon your arrival back in Dillsboro, they have rolled up the sidewalks near the depot except for the gift shop and the mercantile.

If you are in Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge and have run out of things to do and need some relaxation. An approx. 30 mile drive over the mountain; which will take you about an hour. That drive in itself is awesome and breathtaking especially the curves into NC.

Let the pics speak for themselves.

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