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Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

226 Everett St, Bryson City, NC 28713-6405
+1 800-872-4681
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Just like the old days

What a wonderful day. Ride in the dining car, have lunch and just let the world slide by. Stopped... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Lloyd M
Indialantic, Florida
via mobile
Smoky Mountain Ride

My father and grandfather both worked on the railroad so I love to ride trains. Very nice cars... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Onalaska, Wisconsin
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A 52-mile rail journey through valleys, inside winding tunnels and across spectacular gorges of the Great Smoky Mountains.
  • Excellent53%
  • Very good23%
  • Average12%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible5%
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“first class” (385 reviews)
“open air car” (138 reviews)
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Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
226 Everett St, Bryson City, NC 28713-6405
+1 800-872-4681
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

What a wonderful day. Ride in the dining car, have lunch and just let the world slide by. Stopped at the Nantahala, took some time there to tour around. Cool and nice, almost needs a jacket. Finished the trip with a visit to the Train...More

Thank Lloyd M
Reviewed 2 days ago

My father and grandfather both worked on the railroad so I love to ride trains. Very nice cars with snacks. A dining car was available for those that didn't want just snacks. Made a stop where we could get lunch.

1  Thank Timmer55
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

What fun!! We chose the premium open-air car and it couldn't have been better!! The seats are wide and well padded. You're given a souvenir mug to fill before boarding- which you can refill onboard. A BBQ lunch is served with cole slaw and it...More

Thank Shirlee L
Reviewed 3 days ago

We took the Dillsboro trip, which was about a 30-40 ride to Dillsboro, about an hour of shopping in Dillsboro and then the ride back. I enjoyed the train ride, scenery was wonderful and it was just an enjoyable time. However, if I did it...More

Thank Helms4
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We took the train at 10:30 to the gorge. We rode the open air car and enjoyed it on a warm summer day. We had ordered our tickets the day before by calling and had a discount coupon from our hotel. I would recommend this...More

1  Thank Linda M
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We took this trip on June 21, it was awesome. From reservations to the actual trip it was a great experience. Our host and hostess on the train were very accommodating, Lois and Jordan couldn't do enough to make everyone comfortable. I gave this trip...More

Thank Carol S
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Relaxing. Phenomenal views!! Easy to check in. Bought the tickets online and picked up our boarding passes at the depot. The train left on time with a nice smooth ride. Thoroughly enjoyed the time on gondola car. Open air no windows perfect for pictures. Is...More

2  Thank Paul W
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We had a great time on the wine tasting trip. We went to Dillsboro and had a great time walking around there also.

Thank trg180
Reviewed 1 week ago

The trip to Nantahala Gorge is a great ride but sit on the right side of train to get a good look at Lake Lure. We rode in the NcNeil car and lunch was served on board. It was a great meal and plenty of...More

Thank Paladin1911
Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked the first class trip to the Nantahala Gorge and it was a wonderful experience. We prepaid our parking and simply gave the parking lot attendant our last name on our arrival. We were directed to a parking spot and after a less than...More

Thank John514
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We are planning a trip about the first or mid October and hear the Open-Air Gondola is the way to go. However, we will have our 5 year old with us and worried it may be a bit windy or cold. Would love to hear your experience with this train ride in October.
June 12, 2017|
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Response from lovefun59 | Reviewed this property |
It can be cold there in October, just dress him appropriately and bring a blanket and a thermos of hot chocolate.
Lloyd D
Which side of car ( west or east) has best views on Nantahala Gorge excursion?
May 22, 2017|
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Response from Lsaxton11 | Reviewed this property |
The train runs west to east so the better view is on the south side of the train. When you're picking your seats, choose the ones closer to the bottom of the screen.
Tuckasegee river excursion - can anyone give a review of this? Also, how is the open air seating vs coach? We are taking our 4 year old and 3 month old(wondering if the open air will be too windy for the little guy. Thanks!
May 19, 2017|
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Response from Gerry S | Reviewed this property |
For a little better control of the kid, you might consider a coach the has Windows that open.