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Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Bryson City

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Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
226 Everett Street
Bryson City
NC
28713
Tel: 1 800 872 4681

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Great Smoky Mountains Railroad is conveniently located just 3 hours from Atlanta, 2 hours from Knoxville or Gatlinburg, 1 hour from Asheville and right in the middle of some of the best rafting and outdoor adventure in the country. The south side of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is just a short scenic drive from the railroad and the Cherokee Indian Reservation and Harrah's Casino are located just 15 minutes away.

Where are we going today?

All aboard for rail adventure! The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad takes you through a remote corner of western North Carolina into river gorges, across fertile valleys and through tunnels carved out of mountains. The Nantahala Gorge Excursion carries you to the Nantahala Gorge and back again. There is a one hour layover at the Nantahala Outdoor Center for sightseeing and a picnic lunch by the river. The Tuckasegee River Excursion travels along the Tuckasegee River through the historic Cowee Tunnel and passes the movie The Fugitive train wreck. The trip includes a 1 ½ hour layover in the town of Dillsboro. You don’t want to miss our special events: The Lone Ranger™ May 23 & 24, 30 & 31, Day Out with Thomas™ July 24-28 & July 30-August 2, special 25 minute rides, PEANUTS™ The Great Pumpkin Patch Express October 2-25; Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only, The Polar Express™ November 6-December 23, special 1 hour 15 minute rides.

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How much does it cost?

  • AdultsFrom $49
  • ChildrenFrom $29
  • Free Under: 2 years.
LAST UPDATED 2013

When can we go?

Daily on a varied schedule.

Teachers corner

Step on board with Great Smoky Mountains Railroad for a fun and educational adventure. We offer discounted rates for school groups - call for more details..

I'm Hungry!

Pre-order your picnic lunch so you can dine at leisure, making the most of your layover stop, or make plans to order from our full menu in the classic Silver Meteor Dining Car located near the center of the Nantahala Gorge train..

Healthy Eating!

Our Silver Meteor Dining Car offers a full menu with an array of options to suite even the healthiest of diners. With our variety of salads and a vegetarian sandwich option, you are sure to find a healthy lunch to suite your taste..

Doing our bit

In the autumn, the mountains for Western North Carolina are a dramatic display of fiery sugar maples, buttery poplars and crimson oaks. Enjoy the cool crisp air of fall and view dramatic scenery from one of our Open Air Cars or ride comfortably in our first class Family Class Club Car..

Need a little extra help?

Charter your own private caboose on one of our Nantahala Gorge or Tuckasegee River Excursions. Cabooses can accommodate up to 15 passengers and include chips, salsa and beverages. Experience the ride of your life & take a cab ride seat on your train excursion!.

Can I get one of those?

Smoky Mountain Trains museum, located right next to the depot, offers a gift and hobby shop in addition to one of the country's largest Lionel train collections..

What people are saying?

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    We rode the GSMR Silver Meteor on the Nantahala Gorge trip. This was a beautiful trip in October and the car was very comfortable. We were served lunch and had the choice to purchase cocktails. However, we thought train made a loop. Instead, we rode to the Nantahala Outdoor Center where we had an hour to explore and then returned to Bryson City the same way we came. That would not be bad if we all switched seats so that we got two different views of the trip. Instead, we saw the same thing twice....that made for a long ride. Next time we will...Read More

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    What a rip off... First off, they state that kids are free all summer but if you don't mention that when you are booking you will pay full price for kids. When you pick up your tickets at the station and mention that you had a kid and why did they charge you if they ride free they state that they will not honor the kids free because you didn't mention that when you booked. You would think that when you tell them the ages of the passengers that they would say that your 11 year old will get to ride free...but no they don't!!!! Very dissapointed...Read More

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    Bought tickets for my husband's birthday and even though it rained, he had a wonderful time. We felt that it was reasonable, the food was better than we expected. The waitress was informative and very nice. The town of Dillsboro was small and we enjoyed shopping around and meeting very friendly people. When we got back on the train for the ride back, we got our dessert and it was delicious. The conductor also had some very interesting information about the railway and the town of Bryson City. We bout the $10 guide that you can purchase either when...Read More

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    I took the Nantahala Gorge Excursion, and chose the Premium Open Air car (Adults only) called the Nantahala car. It was a little more expensive than some of the other cars, but came with a server to refill drinks, and a hot lunch delivered to us (instead of having to queue-up at the food car.) We were served bbq, cole slaw, and a bag of bbq chips, and apple pie for desert. Our server was wonderful.

    It was a hot day, so I was glad we were in an open air car. The ambiance was wonderful, with the bluegrass banjo player coming to our car and...Read More

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    Great experience and wonderful scenery, the train's staff were very entertaining too..
    Our young daughter enjoyed it too.

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by Tammy Nichols

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We rode the GSMR Silver Meteor on the Nantahala Gorge trip. This was a beautiful trip in October and the car was very comfortable. We were served lunch and had the choice to purchase cocktails. However, we thought train made a loop. Instead, we rode to the Nantahala Outdoor Center where we had an hour to explore and then returned to Bryson City the same way we came. That would not be bad if we all switched seats so that we got two different views of the trip. Instead, we saw the same thing twice....that made for a long ride. Next time we will combine the train trip with an excursion like ziplining or rafting. This will only require us to be on the train for a couple of hours. It was still a great trip and we met some really nice people while enjoying the fall foliage.

by Hubert Kennedy

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What a rip off... First off, they state that kids are free all summer but if you don't mention that when you are booking you will pay full price for kids. When you pick up your tickets at the station and mention that you had a kid and why did they charge you if they ride free they state that they will not honor the kids free because you didn't mention that when you booked. You would think that when you tell them the ages of the passengers that they would say that your 11 year old will get to ride free...but no they don't!!!! Very dissapointed in their sales strategy. Also the staff were rude and not real friendly and I don't think that seeing old dilapidated mobil homes is what you call great mountain views. Will never ride again and definatly DO NOT recommend anyone waisting their money and time.

by Scott Tucker

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Bought tickets for my husband's birthday and even though it rained, he had a wonderful time. We felt that it was reasonable, the food was better than we expected. The waitress was informative and very nice. The town of Dillsboro was small and we enjoyed shopping around and meeting very friendly people. When we got back on the train for the ride back, we got our dessert and it was delicious. The conductor also had some very interesting information about the railway and the town of Bryson City. We bout the $10 guide that you can purchase either when you buy your ticket or when you attend the snack car. It has a lot on interesting facts that make it a great souvenir. If you are still on the fence, go ahead and do it once. We will be back for sure.

by Jan Thomas

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I took the Nantahala Gorge Excursion, and chose the Premium Open Air car (Adults only) called the Nantahala car. It was a little more expensive than some of the other cars, but came with a server to refill drinks, and a hot lunch delivered to us (instead of having to queue-up at the food car.) We were served bbq, cole slaw, and a bag of bbq chips, and apple pie for desert. Our server was wonderful.

It was a hot day, so I was glad we were in an open air car. The ambiance was wonderful, with the bluegrass banjo player coming to our car and playing songs, and the wonderful scenery. I took a lot of photos of the scenery, and met some nice people.

I think you will really enjoy this train ride.

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