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Nantahala Gorge Excursion

Take a ride along side the beautiful Nantahala River on our Nantahala Gorge Excursion! Departing from Bryson City, this 4½ hour excursion carries you 44 miles to the Nantahala Gorge and back again arriving at our Bryson City depot.

Enjoy traveling Bluegrass musicians with an occasional Appalachian story while traveling along the Tennessee and Nantahala (nan-tuh-HAY-luh) River.The historic trellis bridge Fontana Trestle takes you across Fontana Lake and into the beautiful Nantahala Gorge. Arrive at the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) for a one-hour layover where you can relax by the river or enjoy sightseeing! The Nantahala Gorge Excursion operates March through October.

Classes of Service

First Class

Adult (21+)Child (2-12)Infant (0-23 Months)
$94.00N/AN/A

First Class features assigned seating at a dining table in a climate controlled car with large picture windows, and are served lunch by the car's attendant. Each couple receives souvenir tote bags,and everyone receives a souvenir travel mug with free refills of pop, coffee, and iced tea all day.

Limited bar service available. Adult (21+ only) tickets are $94.

Premium Open Air Gondola

Adult (21+)Child (2-12)Infant (0-23 Months)
$74.00 ($78.00 October)N/AN/A

Premium Open Air Gondola features assigned seating in a car with unobstructed views, half-height walls, and a roof above to protect passengers from the elements. Adults (21+) are served lunch by the car's attendant. Each couple receives a souvenir tote bag. Everyone receives a souvenir travel mug with free refills of pop, coffee, and iced tea all day.

Add an official Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Sweatshirt Blanket for just $25! At 54" x 84" it's the perfect size for two to keep warm during our cool mornings.

Limited bar service available. Adult (21+ only) tickets are $74 ($78 October).

Family First Class

Adult (13+)Child (2-12)Infant (0-23 Months)
$94.00$54.00$20.00

Family First Class features assigned seating at a dining table in a climate controlled car with large picture windows. Adults (13+) and children (2-12) are served lunch by the car's attendant. Each adult couple receives souvenir tote bags. Everyone aged 2 years old on up receives a souvenir travel mug with free refills of pop, coffee, and iced tea all day. And, children can have lunch with the conductor! This special addition allows for one of our conductors to accompany and interact with fans of all ages for the entire trip!

Limited bar service available. Adult tickets are $94, $54 for children (ages 2-12) and $20 for infants.

Crown Class

Adult (13+)Child (2-12)Infant (0-23 Months)
$66.00 ($67.00 October)$38.00$10.00

Crown Class features assigned seating in a climate controlled car with large picture windows. Everyone over the age of 2 years old receives a souvenir tumbler with free refills of pop, coffee, and iced tea all day!

Beer and wine available. Adult tickets are $66, $38 for children ages 2-12 years old, and $10 for infants 0-23 months.

Coach Class

Adult (13+)Child (2-12)Infant (0-23 Months)
$51.00 ($55.00 October)$29.00 ($31.00 October)Complimentary

Coach Class features open seating in an enclosed car, windows that can be opened for fresh air and taking photos, and are heated and have ceiling fans.

Adult tickets are $51, $29 for children (ages 2-12) and infants 0-23 months ride complimentary.

Open Air Gondola

Adult (13+)Child (2-12)Infant (0-23 Months)
$51.00 ($55.00 October)$29.00 ($31.00 October)Complimentary

Open Air Gondolas feature open seating in a car with unobstructed views, half-height walls, and a roof above to protect passengers from the elements.

Add an official Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Sweatshirt Blanket for just $25! At 54" x 84" it's the perfect size for two to keep warm during our cool mornings.

Adult tickets are $51, $29 for children (ages 2-12) and infants 0-23 months ride complimentary.

Class Comparison

Amenity First Class Premium Open Air Gondola Family First Class Crown Class Coach Class Open Air Gondola
Meal Included Yes Yes Yes No No No
Lunch Available No No No Yes Yes Yes
Restrooms Available Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Heat Yes No Yes Yes Yes No
Air Conditioning Yes No Yes Yes No No
Assigned Seating Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Souvenir Travel Mug Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Large Picture Windows Yes No Yes Yes No No
Souvenir Tote Bag Yes Yes Yes No No No
Windows Open/Close No No No No Yes No
Ceiling Fans No Yes No No Yes No
Ideal for Photography No Yes No No No Yes
Outward Facing Seats No Yes No No No Yes
Padded Seats Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

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Ticket fares subject to 7% Historic Preservation Fee and 6.75% North Carolina sales tax. Schedules, fares, motive power, equipment, seat selection, and meals are subject to change without notice. We guarantee the class of service you select. You will be notified if a change in schedule or motive power affects your reservation. Payment in full at booking by major credit card is required to finalize a reservation. You may cancel your reservation in full or in part and receive a refund less a $14.00 fee per adult ticket and $7.00 fee per child ticket as late as 48 hours before departure. Within 48 hours of the departure the reservation becomes nonrefundable. You may reschedule any time prior to your originally scheduled departure with a $6.00 fee per ticket for another date within the same calendar year. You may not reschedule a reservation after the scheduled departure.

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