Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, Bryson City
(3.6/5 based on 1,900+ reviews on the web)
Board Great Smoky Mountain Railroad to see mountains, gorges, valleys, and tunnels from a fully restored vintage trains. The railroad tracks cover 85 km (53 mi). You can admire Fontana Lake, see the rushing rapids of the Nantahala River, and spot hundreds of indigenous species of plants and animals. Historically, the railroad played a pivotal role in developing the area and connecting local communities. Today, it lets visitors enjoy the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains. Check online for reservations and details about ongoing excursions. Put Great Smoky Mountain Railroad into our Bryson City vacation planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Just got done at the Great Smokey Mountains Railroad Christmas train ride. Whole family had a great time, will Definently be back, had a great time riding the rails. 
  • Just got off the polar express! We had a amazing time! The characters on the train were very interactive with my daughters. My daughter's are 5,4,2. They had a amazing time! The trip was very magical ...  more »
  • Maybe I am a grinch, but I just wasn't impressed with our Polar Express trip. My wife purchased the tickets several months ago and all first class tickets were sold out. Apparently you have to get tho...  more »
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  • My kids loved it! Went on the polar express ride. The hot chocolate wasn't to hot it was just the right temp for my 3 year old to drink right went it was served. Bring a straw if you need one. 1st class cabin was worth it to get a both with a treat bag, cup, and a souvenir bag to it all in. I recommend before the kids get old and can't hear the bell ring anymore.
  • Love riding the rails. This is a great way to see the mountains from somewhere other than the highway. I saw many things that I would have otherwise not seen. Just back, relax and enjoy someone else doing the driving while you sip a cool drink.
  • I had such a wonderful time here! My friend from out of state was visiting, so we took her onto the train. I had never been myself, so I was quite excited! The view was absolutely beautiful and I really enjoyed the whole trip to Dillsboro and back to the station in Bryson. I would definitely go again.
  • Definitely try the BBQ and Brews train ride. Great for the family. Tip the wait staff good. It's amazing to see them walk around carrying stuff and not spill it everywhere.
  • Train was fine, the Wizard of Oz witch/flying monkey scared the crap out of my 3 year old. I would skip the Wizard of Oz train unless you are die hard fan, otherwise its meh. The munchkins on our train were very sweet and helpful though.