The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad historic train depot sits in the heart of Bryson City 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 locomotive. A variety of passenger round trip train options and special event trains — including the popular Polar ExpressTM excursion — 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 2022 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!