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Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

226 Everett St, Bryson City, NC 28713-6405
+1 800-872-4681
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Beautiful trip

We took the ride from Bryson City to the NOC (Nantahallah Outdoor Center) and really enjoyed it... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Great Day Trip!

A group of 10 adults took the 4 1/2 hour trip to Nantahala Gorge in one of the first class cars... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Karen V
LaPorte, Indiana
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A 52-mile rail journey through valleys, inside winding tunnels and across spectacular gorges of the Great Smoky Mountains.
  • Excellent53%
  • Very good23%
  • Average12%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible5%
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“first class” (419 reviews)
“open air car” (153 reviews)
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Hours Today: 08:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
226 Everett St, Bryson City, NC 28713-6405
+1 800-872-4681
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Reviewed yesterday

We took the ride from Bryson City to the NOC (Nantahallah Outdoor Center) and really enjoyed it. The weather was perfect and the scenery was lovely. I booked the tickets online (very easy). There were several types of tickets and eating options and we opted...More

Thank Jacana
Reviewed 3 days ago

A group of 10 adults took the 4 1/2 hour trip to Nantahala Gorge in one of the first class cars. We all had a great time! The train was cool, the food was great, and Steve our guide was funny and informative. Bryson City...More

Thank Karen V
Reviewed 3 days ago

We called this weekend outting our "Smokey Mountain Wine & Shine Adventure!" We Love Wine and did the Rocky Top Wine Tour in Tn. but also decided to adventure out to The Carolina Shine package onboard The Great Smokey Mountain Railroad. This rail tour was...More

Thank AdventuresByWayne
Reviewed 4 days ago

It was awesome, we rode the open air gondola, served a bbq sandwich, chips and pie. Food was average. Our train hostess was very well educated on the area as she grew up in the area. Her name was Renee, if possible request her train....More

Thank Scot A
Reviewed 4 days ago

For several years now I have wanted to ride the GSMR. My family and I finally had the opportunity this weekend. We took the train to the NOC in the open air car, Fontana. Several things caused my disappointment. First, the cars don't appear to...More

1  Thank darkridge
Reviewed 5 days ago

Nice train ride. Was very slow so you can enjoy the scenery. I think I would have enjoyed it more in the fall. But was okay otherwise. I was thinking the scenery would be little better than what it was. Seeing the white water rafting...More

1  Thank kratliff79
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We've looked at riding this train for a year or so and decided to combine it with the zip line option because the price was better than other zip lines in the area. It was well worth it! The train makes a leisurely pace from...More

Thank LSurrett
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a very slow train ride that offers a nice view of the area and good information about some of the local history, including a view of some of the Appalachian Trail campsites. There are several different types of tickets that can be purchased....More

Thank marathonman33
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great time on the steam locomotive thru the Natalya gorge Nice stop at the white water training center for small layover

Thank Tim F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First class tickets are the way to go on GSMR! Great seats on enclosed car (open air would have been chilly), great views both sides and the roast beef plate was yummy. Once you reach the mid point stop, time to eat is limited so...More

Thank harperfa
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Questions & Answers
19 September 2017|
Response from WILEY B | Reviewed this property |
16 September 2017|
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Response from kiwierps | Reviewed this property |
Sorry we rode Bryson city to Dillsboro return,
Joelle A
12 September 2017|
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Response from Brian K | Reviewed this property |
Not really. Both sides have some good views. Since the train goes out and back without turning around, you want to try to switch sides on the way back so you can see the "other" side then too. Much of the ride is just the... More