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Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

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Address: 226 Everett Street, Bryson City, NC 28713
Phone Number: 18008724681
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8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Nice relaxing ride

We selected the Nantahala Gorge Excursion and the Carolina Shine car option. Although we also selected the Steam Engine option at an additional $11 per person, they had to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Harrison, Tennessee
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Rode the rails along the Nantahala. Great view. Had lunch on the train. Great food, live entertainment and wonderful dessert.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Not the first time we have taken train trip from Bryson to Dillsboro. This is always a nice trip. Very disappointed the steam engine we were scheduled to ride was unavailable due to problems with engine. I bought tickets in June. Would have been nice to receive an email. All the staff was very nice and friendly. Only complaint would... More 

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Sugarloaf Key
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105 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We selected the Nantahala Gorge Excursion and the Carolina Shine car option. Although we also selected the Steam Engine option at an additional $11 per person, they had to substitute a desire due to mechanical problem. After experiencing the ride I don't really see what difference the engine type would make in enjoying the trip. You really don't notice the... More 

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Conway, South Carolina
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136 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Very nice trip, gives you a look not often seen from the hwy. We recommend this to everyone. I can hardly wait to go again. We booked car with meal.

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1 Thank hntrdn
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We did the Nantahala Gorge ride. Scenery was very relaxing as was the ride. We were in coach and the staff was wonderful. There was a gentleman on board who told great stories and was a wealth of local information. The hour spent at the Nantahala Outdoor Center went by fast but provided a refreshing break from the train. We... More 

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Graham, North Carolina
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79 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was a nice getaway trip. Very relaxing with lots of beautiful scenery and history. We rode in the open air car so we were able to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. Dillsboro is a cute little town with lots of local shops to explore.

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Destin, Florida
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We chose the Natanhala Gorge Trip. The staff was very organized and everything worked like clockwork. The Trip was very pretty. We pretty little towns and the Fontana lake which is very beautiful.

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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63 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

What a great experience.... Riding on a train!!!! We chose the first class accommodations which included a delicious lunch on the first leg of the ride. We stopped at the NOC and enjoyed watching the white water rafters on their water exploration. We were served dessert on the way back to Bryson City!!!! Great trip for families!!!!

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1 Thank CathyP1953
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Went with family in June which includes a 7 and 10 year old. Beautiful views and friendly staff made trip really enjoyable. We upgraded to first class and very much enjoyed the food and air conditioning. Would generally recommend for families but the kids can get bored after a few hours so bring a game or two to enjoy during... More 

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Florida Keys
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58 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We took our 5 year old boys on the train to Nantahala. It started on time and was well organized . They have someone taking photos someone selling DVDs , it's a big operation... Staff is excellent! We had to stop the train which moves very slow because a tree fell in the tracks. That caused about a 30 min... More 

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