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.
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.Get directions
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!