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Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

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  • Terrible5%
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“nantahala gorge”(327 reviews)
A 52-mile rail journey through valleys, inside winding tunnels and across spectacular gorges of the Great Smoky Mountains.
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
226 Everett St, Bryson City, NC 28713-6405
+1 800-872-4681
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Reviewed yesterday

Had a great train ride with some beautiful views, and before loading into our open car, the person that we checking in with before loading even advised us if we could to get the right side for the views and was he right! We got...More

Thank Teresa A
Reviewed yesterday

Boring train ride. We were in the Crown class Crescent car. 4 of us and seating is tight. We sat across from one another. It took about 1 hour to get to Dillsboro. We did see where the movie The Fugitive was filmed. The attendant...More

Thank Gen1776
Reviewed yesterday

My husband and I booked a trip to the pumpkin patch! Can't say enough nice things about the staff who helped us. She rightly suggested we might not enjoy a ride meant for children that was only 30 minutes long. She rebooked us, gave us...More

Thank BH37876
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We did a first class dining hall trip. Food was delicious. The steward of our car was very friendly and knowledgeable. Already planning our next trip.

Thank AmandaJ53
Reviewed 2 days ago

This was our first trip on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad (GSMR). We booked the first class steam engine trip, which was climate controlled, good windows, fixed table, and included soft drinks and complete lunch (alcoholic drinks available-nobody under 21 allowed in the first class...More

Thank Hursel H
Reviewed 2 days ago

We booked our excursion a couple of months in advance, and recommend that anyone do that. We took the Tuckaseegee trip to Dillsboro NC, about an hour ride from Bryson City station. We also opted for the Brewery Tasting, from Innovation Brewing which was accompanied...More

Thank Glenn H
Reviewed 2 days ago

We had Fall Train tour on 10/07/18. On the company website, that date is listed as we can see the most Red foliage colors. We were really looking forward to the tour, planned it almost a year ahead and bought tickets 3 months ahead. Also...More

Thank Tatiana V
Reviewed 3 days ago

My husband and I spent 250.00 to take a first class ride through the mountains in October on the Smoky Mountain Railroad. We were very excited it was our first time taking a train ride through the mountains of North Carolina. The scenery on the...More

Thank deb K
Reviewed 3 days ago

We took the Nantahala Gorge Excursion and had Premium Open Air Car. Open Air gives the oppurtunity to take pictures of the lakes and rivers which we pass through. Also had a meal. The host was very informative of places, things and history of the...More

Thank Richard C
Reviewed 4 days ago

The best advice we can give for the "Moonshine Experience" is the seat you are assigned will determine your level of enjoyment of the experience. If you have a seat at the A, C, E.... tables (on the depot side as you board),or if you...More

Thank Debbie D
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7 October 2018|
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Response from Douglas G | Reviewed this property |
No, I do not believe they do
4 October 2018|
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Response from terrec | Reviewed this property |
We were in the caboose and there is a little step-stool they put on the ground at the bottom step. I've had a knee replacement and it was a little difficult, but not that bad.
3 October 2018|
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Response from Elizabeth F | Reviewed this property |
I think you would be pleased with ordering ahead. Our food was very good. We did the Natahalla Gorge Excurison. We stopped at the Natahalla Outdoor Center for an hour. That seems like time to eat but by the time you... More