The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad historic train depot sits in the heart of Bryson City, North Carolina, and is a favorite regional attraction for family fun. A round-trip on the train is an ideal way to see extraordinary places that you can’t get to by car. Get a front-row view of Fontana Lake, the historic Fontana Trestle, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Nantahala National Forest, the Nantahala and Tuckasegee Rivers, historical structures, and stunning foliage.
Choose from steam-powered with the official “Steam of the Smokies” or climb onboard an excursion powered by diesel locomotives. A variety of passenger round-trip train options and special event trains — including THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride — makes this the perfect attraction for making memories and experiencing the true form of railroading.
Climb aboard for your next unforgettable adventure today.
Regardless of the season, you can expect a truly exceptional experience when you climb aboard one of our historic trains. Our excursions run year round offering our guests with incredible access to this beautiful, yet remote region of North Carolina and the Great Smoky Mountains.
All of our 2023 excursions are available to reserve online. Purchase your trip in advance to secure the best seats and dates!
When you come to ride the train, we hope you’ll plan to stay awhile. You’ll enjoy the country inns, lodges, resorts, quaint shops, places to dine, historic sites, museums, and amenities. This is America as it used to be; a treasury of friendly people, a restful environment, and the beauty of nature everywhere. There’s a reason why Bryson City is one of the top family-friendly destinations in North Carolina!
Take a train ride alongside the beautiful Nantahala River on our Nantahala Gorge Excursion! Departing from Bryson City, this 4½-hour roundtrip excursion carries you 44 miles to the Nantahala Gorge.
Join us for a relaxing ride through the quiet countryside on your way to small-town life in western North Carolina on the Tuckasegee River Excursion.
Check out the upcoming special events such as The Carolina Moonshine Experience. We will be proudly serving hand-crafted, triple-distilled, craft moonshine.