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Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

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A lot of fun being on a train!

We loved the train ride. We had a car that we had lunch served. The food could have been better... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Kim H
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Melrose, Florida
Relaxing ride and great view of the Nantahala River and Fontana Lake

Great experience not only because of the awesome view but learning the history of the area and... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
des2babes
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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
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226 Everett St, Bryson City, NC 28713-6405
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Reviewed yesterday

Last night I made reservations for a group of seven using the on-line site. Four times I attempted to book our excursion but received an "error message" indicating the reservation was unsuccessful. In most instances I would have given up, but this is for my...More

1  Thank mwjgsams
Reviewed 2 days ago

We loved the train ride. We had a car that we had lunch served. The food could have been better but still not sorry we took the ride. Great view from our window by our table. The service excellent. A fun day!

Thank Kim H
Reviewed 2 days ago

My first three train rides were exceptional. They did not disappoint. The atmosphere was fun and relaxing. The staff is always polite and professional. Can't wait until our next trip.... Now it is time for the next trip Hurricane Florence arrives. We had to cancel....More

2  Thank Melissa P
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The gorge excursion was great! We had great food! Great service! Thank you, Steven! Great entertainment! Thank you, Isaac! (oh, hey Isaac - GO VOLS!)

Thank Dmbran211
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Being displaced from the coast by Hurricane Florence wasn't so bad because our train tour guide Mrs Nancy made the tour so very interesting and fun. I swear there was nothing Mrs Nancy didn't have lots of good info on. We were fed and taken...More

Thank Jolanda D
Reviewed 5 days ago

We had reserved 6 spots on the first class spots with the dinner for this week (9/13) to begin with back in August. After getting to Asheville we saw the weather regarding Hurricane Florence and it appeared we were in her direct line. We first...More

Thank Vickie H
Reviewed 6 days ago

Great experience not only because of the awesome view but learning the history of the area and riding an old historic train that the City of Bryson have maintained. The fee to ride also pays for maintenance of this historic train. Kudos to all the...More

Thank des2babes
Reviewed 1 week ago

A very fun 4.5 hour trip along the river. The car staff was knowledgeable and proud of the rail line. The Mountain Man was full of information about the mountains.

Thank Sheila C
Reviewed 1 week ago

The First Class train car was nicely restored to the 40's, the staff was excellent (Tim the Story Teller was a hoot) and our plated lunch was acceptable, but the ride itself was totally boring with nothing interesting to see. We saw almost nothing of...More

Thank ThadZer
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We decided on the cheapest seats and glad we did because they were great. We could stand next to the big open "window" and look out. Or we could sit on our cushioned bench seat. I stood most of the time and took pictures. We...More

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Compass758485
9 September 2018|
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Response from 225slantsix | Reviewed this property |
October-December right now the leaves are still 95% green with very little yellows or reds.
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Tommy P
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Response from pkingnews | Reviewed this property |
Various. See their website.
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clp29445
18 August 2018|
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Response from Betsy G | Reviewed this property |
They actually have you switch sides when they stop so you can see both sides. Definitely do the open car - great views!
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