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Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

Closed Now: 08:00 - 17:00
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Great activity for my family and me

This railroad was something that had been recommended to us by a few people when they found out we... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Chicago, Illinois
Beautiful day, great adventure

We enjoyed our train ride on the Macneil car. We learned a lot of the history of the area as we... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Plymouth, Minnesota
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  • Poor7%
  • Terrible5%
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“first class”(478 reviews)
“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

Enjoyed the train ride itself and the service attendant. Nancy was terrific. I expected to see scenery of the Smokey Mountains but mostly what I saw were vines...lots of vines. Lunch was served and it was good. For salad there was only one choice of...More

Thank Juniorkp
Reviewed 2 days ago

We got on board at 10:00am and got back to Bryson City at 3:00pm. We rode in the Crown section. The first hour was fine; we enjoyed seeing Lake Fontana, although it's more of a river. The next 4 hours were filled with views of...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This was the second year on the moonshine excursion. This year was better than last year. This year there were two hostesses, Erri, and Nancy. They were very nice and a lot of fun. They made the trip memorable. This year they did several moonshine...More

Thank Scott W
Reviewed 4 days ago

This railroad was something that had been recommended to us by a few people when they found out we were traveling to Bryson City. My family members sometimes have trouble finding things that fit all of our interests and travel styles, and all of us...More

Thank emmerlyapril
Reviewed 5 days ago

We took the Nantahala Run on the train. Years ago I did the Dillsboro Run. This trip was so much better. Of course, a lot of it may have had to do with our guide, Steve B. We were in the adults only car and...More

Thank Kay G
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This was an activity we all were interested in, but because we have two travelers with mobility issues I was hesitant. I went to the website and read the same stuff over and over on many pages, so I sent an email which I received...More

Thank Beverley S
Reviewed 6 days ago

We enjoyed our train ride on the Macneil car. We learned a lot of the history of the area as we rolled along. The banjo player was great. The pulled pork lunch plus dessert was plentiful and good. I would recommend requesting a river side...More

Thank fredbon
Reviewed 1 week ago

Last night I made reservations for a group of seven using the on-line site. Four times I attempted to book our excursion but received an "error message" indicating the reservation was unsuccessful. In most instances I would have given up, but this is for my...More

1  Thank mwjgsams
GSM R, Marketing at Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

We apologize for this technical website error. Our reservation system was undergoing an overnight update and as a result there were unfortunately some errors that occurred. Our reservation agents audit all overnight online bookings daily in order to make sure malfunctions like this do not...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved the train ride. We had a car that we had lunch served. The food could have been better but still not sorry we took the ride. Great view from our window by our table. The service excellent. A fun day!

Thank Kim H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The gorge excursion was great! We had great food! Great service! Thank you, Steven! Great entertainment! Thank you, Isaac! (oh, hey Isaac - GO VOLS!)

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9 September 2018|
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Response from 225slantsix | Reviewed this property |
October-December right now the leaves are still 95% green with very little yellows or reds.
Tommy P
20 August 2018|
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Response from pkingnews | Reviewed this property |
Various. See their website.
18 August 2018|
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Response from Betsy G | Reviewed this property |
They actually have you switch sides when they stop so you can see both sides. Definitely do the open car - great views!