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Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

226 Everett St, Bryson City, NC 28713-6405
+1 800-872-4681
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Wonderful Experience

We have rode on this line two times in the past 4 years. On our first excursion we rode down the... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Darcy M
Hunker, Pennsylvania
Expensive but great

Honestly, I don't know when I would ever be able to afford taking my four kids on this ride, but I... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Bryson City, North Carolina
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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” (447 reviews)
“open air car” (170 reviews)
“crown class” (103 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

We have rode on this line two times in the past 4 years. On our first excursion we rode down the Nantahala Gorge and were pulled by the diesel engine. Our car was very comfortable and we enjoyed the lunch included in our "Crown Class"...More

Thank Darcy M
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Honestly, I don't know when I would ever be able to afford taking my four kids on this ride, but I will say that it is an incredibly enjoyable experience. My wife and I tend to go every year on our anniversary as part of...More

Thank Cowboy_Christian
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We'd heard about the Polar Express train out of Bryson City and when our grandson turned 6 we decided this was the year. We were lucky enough to get tickets and per reviews we were not disappointed. We did the first class upgrade and chose...More

Thank rivrman
Reviewed 4 days ago

It's a little costly for a train ride, but when you get into the river gorge and see the leaves and the lakes, it all becomes worth it!

Thank Dan B
Reviewed 5 days ago

Went on the Polar Express with my Son's family. Two children ages 6 and 4. This is the perfect age for this outing. The boarding is a little chaotic and could be organized better. Not much direction until actual boarding time. The hot chocolate "one...More

Thank Michael M
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We took our four grandchildren on a first class trip to see Santa on the train. They thoroughly enjoyed all the trees, hot chocolate, Christmas music and story time. The trip to the North Pole was beautiful. We wrote along the Nantahala River and saw...More

1  Thank guv11
Reviewed 1 week ago

The GSMRR is a great way to see the Smoky Mountains. You can sit in an open or closed car and just watch the scenery go by. It's relaxing for adults and fun for kids. They have theme rides for holidays, too.

1  Thank SteveandBobbie
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a very relaxing train ride. We reserved the coach dining car. The view was not that great, and the food was not worth the price in my opinion . We were served BBQ, canned cinnamon apples, and coleslaw. The plus side our train...More

Thank NobleOakPercussion
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This train ride might seem a little off your course but a real gem of an adventure & worth the drive. The town is just darling & we plan to do a bed & breakfast next trip. I surprised my husband with a cozy train...More

Thank Dixie D
Reviewed 1 week ago

We set in the Crown Class section of the train as we toured the Nantahala Gorge route. It was a relaxing and enjoyable ride. We really enjoyed the musicians and story teller that performed on the train and our attendant was really nice and accommodating....More

Thank sylviac951
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October 23, 2017|
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Response from Lorraine H | Reviewed this property |
We took the open air car and enjoyed the scenery and the fresh air. Of course you are taking a chance it might be raining the day you are going but we were fortunate and had a beautiful day. On the way back you reverse your... More
October 22, 2017|
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Response from vlscott | Reviewed this property |
I think they try to operate year round with weather conditions favorable. You should call the reservationist if you are not sure before you make the trip. ( 800 872-4681 ). I know some of the fall and winter trips can be... More
Carolynn F
October 21, 2017|
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Response from cw4campbell | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, we made not of Steve B's name for future plans, but not her name. I'm sure if you called the GSMR office, they could probably help you.