Extend Your Visit Into An Unforgettable Trip

At the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, we take an enormous amount of pride in offering an unforgettable family-friendly scenic railways experience—but the fun doesn’t have to end at the train depot. Nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina, we’re uniquely positioned among some of the region’s top outdoor adventures, historic experiences, and culinary delights. When booking your ride, consider adding a few extra days to your itinerary so you can take advantage of all the Smoky Mountains have to offer. Take it from us, there’s a whole lot to explore!

More ways to enjoy

KidZip Train

For kids 4–12 years old, ride the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad in an open air car viewing the Nantahala Gorge, enjoying lunch, and then exploring in a scenic wooded adventure setting within view of parents. With a continuous cable system, there is no clipping and unclipping for the participants. Participants 4–6 years old must have […]

Raft & Rail

The original Raft & Rail© since 1988: enjoy the two best adventures in the region in one day, great for families. Southern Living Magazine calls this “an ideal adventure for families, first-timers, young or old.”

Private Caboose Party

Ride in style on the historic Great Smoky Mountains Railroad aboard your very own restored Caboose. These are great for family reunions, birthday parties, private meetings, corporate field trips or just any time!

Tarzan Train

Our train and canopy combo trip will start in Bryson City at the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad train depot. You will ride through the Smoky Mountains, along Fontana Lake and up into the Nantahala Gorge.

Serene Relaxation At Stonebrook Lodge

Located just minutes from the Bryson City Depot, the Stonebrook Lodge is the newest hotelier in Bryson City with 50 rooms all smoke free and pet free. Convienantly placed on Main Street in downtown Bryson City

Rail & Trail

Enjoy this trip combining the Great Smoky Mountains Railroads trip with the Waterfall Jeep® tour. You’ll begin your trip in Bryson City, NC, with a 2 hour (approximate) railroad excursion over Fontana Lake and into the Nantahala Gorge. As you travel on the train, watch paddlers challenge the rapids.

Use our Free Travel Guide to Plan Your Vacation in the Smokies

We have lots of info to help you plan your Smoky Mountains vacation or getaway, including an email newsletter, a free 72-page vacation travel guide, and if you’d like, information from local businesses relating to your interests.

It’s a great reference guide to events, places to stay and dine, and things to do … right here in the Smokies.

You can view the digital version online right now! Simply flip through the pages in your web browser and print out any pages you like.