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Ride with Us on 1 of our 2 scenic round-trip excursions! Both excursions are day trips that include at layover. View the beauty from a different seat, a train seat! It's a canvas of colors and a breath of fresh air, it's the Great Smoky Mountains! Don't miss the chance to have a front row seat! Book now!  

Nantahala Gorge Excursion

Take a ride alongside the beautiful Nantahala River! Departing from Bryson City, this 4½ hour excursion carries you 44 miles to the Nantahala Gorge and back again. Enjoy Bluegrass music and Appalachian stories while traveling along the Tennessee and Nantahala Rivers. The historic Trellis Bridge 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 sight-seeing. View the 2019 Nantahala Gorge Excursion schedule.

Tuckasegee River Excursion

Join us for a relaxing ride through quiet country-side on your way to small town life in western North Carolina. Departing from Bryson City, this 4 hour excursion travels 32 miles round-trip to Dillsboro and back again. Experience a ride through the famous Cowee Tunnel. Pass by the famous movie set of The Fugitive starring Harrison Ford! The trip includes an hour-and-a-half layover in the historic town of Dillsboro, where you’ll find more than fifty shops, restaurants, bed and breakfasts and country Inns. There is time to shop, snack, and visit the many unique shops before returning to Bryson City. View the 2019 Tuckasegee River Excursion schedule.

Join us in ANY Class of Seating on either of these excursions and you will find yourself enjoying the tried and true tradition of Railroad engineering! Our yearly operation schedule allows for plenty of chances to book your seat! Our Premier Special Events are family fun for all! 

Ride with us this year! 

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

45 Mitchell Street, Bryson City, NC 28713

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