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“Great time with friends”

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
Ranked #2 of 30 things to do in Bryson City
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A 52-mile rail journey through valleys, inside winding tunnels and across spectacular gorges of the Great Smoky Mountains.
St. Augustine, Florida
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10 reviews
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“Great time with friends”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

Two friends and I took this train ride and had a great time. The scenery was spectacular, our meal was very good and the whole day was something we will remember the rest of our lives.

Visited May 2014
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“Carolina Shine”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

What a fun way to travel on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad - in the Carolina Shine car! The Carolina Shine Moonshine tastings were great, the BBQ lunch was tasty & the pie & final tastings finished off the trip. The car has a full bar where they will make moonshine cocktails. This was the first weekend for the Carolina Shine & kudos to the Steven & the staff for running a smooth operation.

Visited May 2014
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Vero Beach, Florida
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“Music, BBQ and Moonshine in the Carolina Shine car! Whoohoo!”
Reviewed 26 May 2014

We've previously ridden on the GSMR in both the open and closed cars (i.e., all classes of service) but, today, we opted for the adults-only Carolina Shine car. We've always had a great time, no matter where in the train we were riding, but the luxury of the Carolina Shine is definitely the way to go. We enjoyed BBQ, fantastic entertainment and sampled moonshine in a beautifully-restored, 1940's Art Deco lounge car. The scenery on the Nantahala route is beautiful! Musicians, Ron and Isaac, were terrific. During the trip, they moved throughout the train to entertain passengers in all the cars, but as we returned to Bryson City, they joined us in the Carolina Shine car for a rousing sing-along to finish up our trip! Overall, the scenery was gorgeous, the BBQ was tasty, the dessert was decadent and the moonshine was surprisingly smooth! Our attendants, Steve and Kyle, couldn't have been nicer, more fun or provided better service. They really outdid themselves in making sure everyone had a special and memorable experience. Highly recommended!

Visited May 2014
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Lawrenceville, Georgia
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“Romantic and fun day :)”
Reviewed 26 May 2014

I surprised my husband with this trip. We drove from Atlanta to Bryson City and he had no idea what was in store until we actually got into the city and parked the car. It was something different, but worth it. It was a wonderful experience...we were in the 21 and over McNeill railcar and took the Nantahala Gorge trip. The food service was great and we had one brief stopover where we saw the river and relaxed. Loved every minute.

Visited March 2014
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“Nice family day!!!!”
Reviewed 25 May 2014 via mobile

My family from Boston had been visiting and wanted to have a nice NC mountain experience, together we all decided to head to the train, so glad we did, we got the family all inclusive, which included dinner, refillable drinks at anytime( Ryan the attendent was extremely attentive to all his guest passengers) bluegrass music, balloons for the kiddo's, tote bags and our very own coffee/ drink mug!!!! So beautiful riding through the mountains and over the rivers !!! Great pics and fun overall authentic train ride through the smoky mountains!!! We were are the Harper train and Ryan was just fantabulous .... Another northerner like myself with great southern hospitality!!!!!
Thank you:)

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