Smoky Mountain Beer Run

About This Trip

Join us for a delightful adults-only specialty train excursion, known as the Smoky Mountain Beer Run! This unique journey offers great music, delicious beer, tasty food, and unforgettable memories. Departing from our historic Bryson City Depot, the Beer Run spans approximately 3.5 hours round trip, including an hour-long layover at a local craft brewery on our rail line. Throughout the trip, guests will enjoy two samples of local craft beer on board, with a final sample awaiting them upon arrival at the layover – served directly by the brewery staff and brewmasters. It’s a perfect blend of scenic beauty and craft brews!

On the Menu

Warm, soft pretzel stick with homemade beer cheese

Main Course
Fresh Smash Burger featuring lettuce, tomato, onion, and local bacon jam served with pickle spear and gourmet kettle chips

Salted Caramel Turtle Cheesecake


Diesel Only
March 16, 2024
June 15, 2024

Steam Locomotive
July 4, 2024
July 20, 2024
August 31, 2024

Adult (21+ Only) $114 $124
Fares Diesel Steam


30m before departure Boarding Begins at historic Bryson City Depot
See schedule for departure time Depart Bryson City, NC
1h 35m–2h 35m Layover at Local Craft Brewery
2h 40m Depart Dillsboro, NC
3h 30m Arrival back to Bryson City, NC
Time from Departure Activity

Given the nature of railroading, durations are approximate and subject to change without notice.

How to Purchase

You can purchase your tickets online or call our reservations department at (800) 872-4681. Our specialty train options books very quickly, so don’t wait!

Where to Go

This trip departs from the Bryson City Depot. Parking is located at:

45 Mitchell St
Bryson City, NC 28713

Plan on arriving one hour before departure to park and board the train for an on-time departure. Trains are not held for late arrivals.


Ticket fares subject to 7% Historic Preservation Fee. 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 5 days before departure, except The Polar Express Train Ride; The Polar Express Train Ride is as late as 60 days before departure. Within 5 days of the departure, or 60 days in the case of the Polar Express Train Ride, the reservation becomes nonrefundable. You may reschedule any time prior to your originally scheduled departure with a $7.00 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.