Welcome to the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad! Family Fun in Western North Carolina!
**Updated Statement for POLAR EXPRESS Visitors**
The 441 route from Tennessee through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is temporarily closed due to the fires on the Tennessee side of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Visitors who are traveling to Great Smoky Mountains Railroad in Bryson City, North Carolina from Tennessee should now plan to take the I-40 East route to enter into North Carolina. Please allow additional travel time for the I-40 route.
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad is under NO THREAT from the wildfires and there is no change in our air quality or our operating schedule. Bryson City received much needed rain over night and is looking forward to more rain arriving by noon on Wednesday. The much needed rain is also expected to reach east Tennessee providing further relief to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Our hearts go out to our neighbors across the mountain in Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge area who have been affected by these devastating wildfires. Our thoughts and prayers are with families, friends, work colleagues, business partners, firefighters, and all emergency personnel. We are praying that the rain on its way will bring much needed relief.
Our scenic rail excursions take you from our historic depot in Bryson City, through the beautiful countryside of Western North Carolina. Our variety of train options and special event trains makes us perfect for making memories! We are one of the top Fun Things to do in North Carolina for families. Dine in our First Class Cars with a private attendant and breathtaking views or take it all in while riding in an Open Air Gondola! Step on board for your next rail adventure!