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“Tuckasegee River Route” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Great Smoky Mountain Railroad

Great Smoky Mountain Railroad
226 Everett Street, Bryson City, NC 28713
800-872-4681
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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.
Tequesta, FL
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“Tuckasegee River Route”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2008

They had a couple routes that you could take, Tuckasegee River route from Dillsboro, NC and the Nantahala Gorge route from Bryson City, NC. (Go to their website, gsmr.com, to see current routes, schedules and prices). We went on the Tuckasegee River route since we were near Dillsboro. It was a nice, scenic ride that followed the river and back. We rode in the open car to try and get some good pictures and video. Nothing that spectacular on this route. Many good photo ops were completely obscured by vegetation between the train and the river. Another note about this route, as you near Bryson City, there is a dirt road between the train and the river. This can make it a little dusty depending on traffic.

Overall, it was nice but overpriced as we can get a day pass for Disney for less per person. Others have written that the Nantahala Gorge route from Bryson City is spectacular. We are likely to give this route a try on our next trip in the area.

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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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