Gift Shop

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.

Ride this excursion via Steam or Diesel locomotive power!

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

LocomotiveAdult (21+)Child (2-12)Infant (0-23 Months)
Diesel $95.00 ($96.00 October) N/A N/A
Steam $106.00 ($109.00 October) N/A N/A

First Class features assigned seating at a dining table in a climate controlled car with large picture windows, and are served brunch on 9 AM departures or lunch on all other departures by the car's attendant. Each couple receives a souvenir tote bag, and everyone receives a souvenir travel mug with free refills of soda, coffee, and iced tea all day.

Limited bar service available. Adult (21+ only) tickets are $95 with diesel or $106 with steam.

Premium Open Air Gondola

LocomotiveAdult (21+)Child (2-12)Infant (0-23 Months)
Diesel$75.00 ($79.00 October)N/AN/A
Steam$86.00 ($91.00 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 (1 per couple). Everyone receives a souvenir travel mug with free refills of soda, coffee, and iced tea all day. When we reach the end of the line, we will invite all guests in this class to switch sides with their neighbors so that everyone will have the opportunity to take pictures from a new perspective on the opposite side of the train.

Add an official Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Sweatshirt Blanket to your reservation for just $25! (Regular price $29.) 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 $75 ($79 October) with diesel or $86 ($91 October) with steam.

Family First Class

LocomotiveAdult (13+)Child (2-12)Infant (0-23 Months)
Diesel$95.00$54.00$20.00
Steam$106.00$59.00$20.00

Only available April through Labor Day, 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. For diesel service, adult tickets are $95, $54 for children (ages 2-12) and $20 for infants. For steam service, adult tickets are $106, $59 for children (ages 2-12) and $20 for infants.

Crown Class

LocomotiveAdult (13+)Child (2-12)Infant (0-23 Months)
Diesel $67.00 ($69.00 October) $38.00 $10.00
Steam $78.00 ($82.00 October) $41.00 $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 soda, coffee, and iced tea all day! When we reach the end of the line, we will invite all guests in this class to switch sides with their neighbors so that everyone will have the opportunity to take pictures from a new perspective on the opposite side of the train.

Beer and wine available. For diesel service, adult tickets are $67, $38 for children ages 2-12 years old, and $10 for infants 0-23 months. For steam service, adult tickets are $78 ($82 October), $41 for children ages 2-12 years old, and $10 for infants 0-23 months.

Coach Class

LocomotiveAdult (13+)Child (2-12)Infant (0-23 Months)
Diesel $51.00 ($55.00 October) $29.00 ($31.00 October) Complimentary
Steam $56.00 ($60.00 October) $32.00 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. When we reach the end of the line, we will invite all guests in this class to switch sides with their neighbors so that everyone will have the opportunity to take pictures from a new perspective on the opposite side of the train.

For diesel service, adult tickets are $51 ($55 October), $29 ($31 October) for children ages 2-12, and infants 0-23 months ride complimentary. For steam service, adult tickets are $56 ($60 October), $32 for children ages 2-12, and infants 0-23 months ride complimentary.

Open Air Gondola

LocomotiveAdult (13+)Child (2-12)Infant (0-23 Months)
Diesel $51.00 ($55.00 October) $29.00 ($31.00 October) Complimentary
Steam $56.00 ($60.00 October) $32.00 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. When we reach the end of the line, we will invite all guests in this class to switch sides with their neighbors so that everyone will have the opportunity to take pictures from a new perspective on the opposite side of the train.

Add an official Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Sweatshirt Blanket to your reservation for just $25! (Regular price $29.) At 54" x 84" it's the perfect size for two to keep warm during our cool mornings.

For diesel service, adult tickets are $51 ($55 October), $29 ($31 October) for children ages 2-12, and infants 0-23 months ride complimentary. For steam service, adult tickets are $56 ($60 October), $32 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

Schedule

September 2016

*Indicates steam service
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat

1

Other Trains
Available

2

*

Other Trains
Available

3

*

Other Trains
Available

4

*

Other Trains
Available

5

*

Other Trains
Available

6

Other Trains
Available

7

Other Trains
Available

8

Other Trains
Available

9

Other Trains
Available

10

Other Trains
Available

11

Other Trains
Available

12

Other Trains
Available

13

Other Trains
Available

14

Other Trains
Available

15

Other Trains
Available

16

Other Trains
Available

17

Other Trains
Available

18

Other Trains
Available

19

Other Trains
Available

20

Other Trains
Available

21

Other Trains
Available

22

Other Trains
Available

23

Other Trains
Available

24


Other Trains
Available

25

Other Trains
Available

26

Other Trains
Available

27

Other Trains
Available

28

Other Trains
Available

29

Other Trains
Available

30


Other Trains
Available

October 2016

*Indicates steam service
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat

1

*
*

Other Trains
Available

2

*
*

Other Trains
Available

3


Other Trains
Available

4


Other Trains
Available

5


Other Trains
Available

6


Other Trains
Available

7

*
*

Other Trains
Available

8

*
*

Other Trains
Available

9

*
*

Other Trains
Available

10


Other Trains
Available

11


Other Trains
Available

12


Other Trains
Available

13


Other Trains
Available

14

*
*

Other Trains
Available

15

*
*

Other Trains
Available

16

*
*

Other Trains
Available

17


Other Trains
Available

18


Other Trains
Available

19


Other Trains
Available

20


Other Trains
Available

21

*
*

Other Trains
Available

22

*
*

Other Trains
Available

23

*
*

Other Trains
Available

24


Other Trains
Available

25


Other Trains
Available

26


Other Trains
Available

27


Other Trains
Available

28

*
*

Other Trains
Available

29

*
*

Other Trains
Available

30


Other Trains
Available

31

No Trains

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.

You agree that GSMR General Excursions and Events for which you purchased tickets and/or attended is a public event, that your appearance and actions inside and outside the venue where the Excursion/Event occurs are public in nature, and that you have no expectation of privacy with regard to your actions or conduct at the Event. You hereby irrevocably grant permission to the host railroad, licensor, sponsor(s) and/or their assigns to use, copy, display, distribute, exhibit and utilize your name, image, digital image, likeness, acts, poses, voice, appearance, movements and statements in any live or recorded audio, video or photographic display or other transmission, exhibition, publication or reproduction of same, including at the Excursion/ Event (regardless of whether before, during or after the Excursion/ Event) for any purpose, in any manner, in any medium or context now known or hereafter developed without further authorization from or any compensation to you or anyone acting or entitled to act on your behalf.

whistle mail envelopes

Roll Up!, Roll Up!
Sign Up!, Sign Up!

recent news tweety
Plans for Steam Engine #1702 Begin to Move Forward in the New Year
  all aboard pamphlet

View our current
All Aboard here

Download PDF