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Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

Open Now: 08:00 - 17:00
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Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
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“nantahala gorge”(335 reviews)
A 52-mile rail journey through valleys, inside winding tunnels and across spectacular gorges of the Great Smoky Mountains.
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
226 Everett St, Bryson City, NC 28713-6405
+1 800-872-4681
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Reviewed today via mobile

My husband and I signed you up for the pkg deal hotel and steam train. We were going to be in the Palm car with the free drink refills. We were asked after we were seated if we could give up our seats for a...More

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Reviewed today

We booked this trip about 2 months ahead of time and wish I had reserved our spaces earlier, but we got first class on the Cherokee car and it was fun. The Best Hot Chocolate Ever!!! I don't even like hot chocolate but I loved...More

Thank rayandjoy2
Reviewed yesterday

Took the "Gorge Diesel Railroad Excursion" in September 2018 with a group of friends. The trip-route would be "exquisite" later in the Fall when the leaves have turned, but still worth doing -along the River. The Lunch was OK (but expensive) !

Thank Jerry E
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We took a ride on the polar express. The hospitality was great. The ride was good and the kids loved it.

Thank Brian D
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Great for kids! Do the 6 o clock ride. Just long enough of a train ride for the kids. If you can afford it, upgrade to first class! Go later than 5 due to the lights and scenery, but my kids didn’t mind. We have...More

Thank MichelleNewsome
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Great time for kids of all ages. The hour long trip is great. The sites along the way get better every year.

Thank T3807DWtonya
Reviewed 5 days ago

We bought first class tickets on the Tuckasegee River excursion, and overall had a really good time. We were lucky enough to get a sunny morning, and there was plenty of fall color still to see. Our guide, Steven, did an excellent job with explanations...More

Thank travelerfromsj
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We took the 4 hour scenic tour in the stem engine train. Trying to get on the train was a crowd of people shoving and pushing. Not a great way to start. There were very few scenic scenes. Lots of weeds to look at. There...More

1  Thank cindymcd1988
Reviewed 6 days ago

We took the moonshine steam train to see the Smokeies Fall color. You get 7-8 half shots of flavored moonshine in the Moonshine car with a great dinner. Great fun!

Thank Cal and Irma L
Reviewed 1 week ago

Fall vacation with another couple. All 4 of us were excited about the train ride into the Smokies. Our excitement soon left when we couldn’t see much... because of the Kudzu! Should be called the “Kudzu Express.” We went first class, the meal was ok....More

Thank Sylvia W
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Tracie G
11 November 2018|
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Response from Kim W | Reviewed this property |
I think the left side of the train. We were in the first class shine and dine. If you are not into that i would definitely choose the regular first class car.
7 October 2018|
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Response from Douglas G | Reviewed this property |
No, I do not believe they do
4 October 2018|
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Response from terrec | Reviewed this property |
We were in the caboose and there is a little step-stool they put on the ground at the bottom step. I've had a knee replacement and it was a little difficult, but not that bad.