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Fall Foliage

Our world may have changed over the last few months but what hasn't changed is the anticipated arrival of the 2020 Fall Leaf Season! We are eagerly awaiting the mountains of Western NC impressive display the dramatic scenery of fiery sugar maples, buttery poplars and crimson oaks. The cool crisp air of fall is perfect in one of our Open Air Gondolas or one of our First Class Cars. The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad always strives to provide you with the best seat in the house with an exciting roundtrip ride! It's to time look ahead and BOOK NOW for this year and plan to take in ALL the colors of autumn canvas masterpiece in 2020!

Our Premier Fall Foliage Excursion : The Nantahala Gorge Excursion

Nantahala Gorge Excursion  This 4 ½ hour roundtrip westbound excursion carries you 44 miles to the Nantahala Gorge and back again. Travel the Little Tennessee and Nantahala Rivers across Fontana Lake and into the magic of the Nantahala Gorge. Onboard dining is availalbe by selecting First Class Seating or by pre-purchasing one of our boxed lunch options, a unique moving dining experience! There is a one hour layover in the heart of the Nantahala Gorge, perfect for sightseeing by the river and just plain relaxing. A fantastic passenger train full of fall photo opportunities! 

2020 Nantahala Gorge Excursion Trip Departure Times:

Sept 26 - Oct 31: 9AM & 2:30PM 


You just haven't seen the Smokies until you see it by train! 



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