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Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

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Address: 226 Everett St, Bryson City, NC 28713-6405
Phone Number: 18008724681
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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We were in the Family First Class car and it was very comfortable and the views were great. The kids had a great time coloring, listening to the music and stories of those who... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We were in the Family First Class car and it was very comfortable and the views were great. The kids had a great time coloring, listening to the music and stories of those who visited our car, and exploring the other cars. The food was very tasty too.

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Leesburg, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

First time I've ridden the Excursion in awhile. This time was the best ever. I was excited to see number 1702 again in operation. Steve was the car host on the Nantahala car. He was a great host and very entertaining and worked hard for his money. I would recommend.

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Springville, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is something to look forward to and do with family, friends or just a couple. The open cars are nice but the Club car, the Carolina Shine, is an adult 21 and over only car. They offer moonshine samples and a BBQ lunch. We had a great time and this is the one I recommend. Call ahead and make... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This past Sunday, we rode the steam train on the Nantahala to the OWC. Although our 5 yr. old son loved the fact that he was riding a train, we were disappointed. The scenery consists of trees, kudzu galore, people's trashy back yards, and more trees. The train stops for one hour at the Outdoor Center, which is really nice,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Hands down this was even better than i expected. Cody was our server on the silver meteor today and he made our trip outstanding! He was very attentive and very informative. The food was also delicious and fresh! Tim the story teller was a great addition as well as the banjo players. If you go on this trip with kids,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Just rode behind the steam engine on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, on the Nanlahala with Steve B as our host. Steve was a great tour guide, giving us the background of the railroad and the area, as well as serving us while on board. A really friendly, outgoing guy, he kept everyone smiling for the whole trip while also... More 

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Osprey, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

In the past vacations, we had always wanted to go on the rail ride. We booked it on-line, chose the First Class car and were extremely satisfied. It was the most pricey car, but well worth it. It was HOT the day we went and the A/C was greatly appreciated. I get carsick, so I was apprehensive about this ride,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Four of us rode the open-air car on the one day Nantahala Gorge run. Great views, great experience! Steve, our host and tour guide was fantastic...hardest working guy you will ever have seen! He made sure everyone was well attended to and kept everyone entertained with a wry sense of humor. He made the trip fun, relaxing and memorable. We... More 

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Kannapolis, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent a few days in Bryson City, NC with our main event being a ride on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad! What an enjoyable time! We decided to go "First Class" and rode in the air conditioned MacNeill Car! I had the Pot Roast, and my wife had the Fish Dinner ... both fabulous! Well above our expectations! To... More 

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Daytona Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the one-day gorge trip on the GSMR. What a blast! We paid extra for first class which was well worth it because it included a full hot lunch - served at the the table on the railroad car we traveled in - and unlimited free drinks. The coach was air-conditioned. Our coach attendant - Steve - was very... More 

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