Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Bryson City

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Specialty Museum Scenic Railroad
Board Great Smoky Mountains 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 Mountains 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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  • This was our second time riding the GSMR but our first time riding to Tuskasegee River. We thoroughly enjoyed the relaxing train ride and the views from the window. We chose to take this train ride as...  more »
  • We were staying in the Cashiers area. My wife and I did not want to go hiking with the others and were looking for something else to. I found the advertisement for the railroad in a what to do publica...  more »
  • We were in the area recently and decided to try the train ride ot the NOC center. First we struggled with parking. All the parking around town is restricted and you are forced to pay to park in their ...  more »
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  • I attempted to book online and somehow ended up with tickets for the wrong day. My family was not able to stay an extra day to go on the SMR. I called and emailed for two days unable to contact anyone. I finally made contact with someone today who refused to refund us our money. Beware of their outdated website that makes booking errors! And not being able to contact anyone for days! They will not refund you your money. So sad a family attraction like this takes honest people's money and refuses to refund after their website made an error. Will NOT be coming back again. I read many reviews about this attraction being boring and a waste of time. I guess I should have chose something else to waste my money on.
  • We did the Tuckasegee River Excursion in the first class car. Our entire group thought it was amazing. Our guide was informative (and quite funny!) and the food (I got the pot roast) was far better than I expected to get....so yummy! They have an extensive drink menu as well. We can't wait to do it again!
  • A fun, family-friendly excursion. If you want a quieter experience, consider first class. For a better view of the mountains and room for photos, try the open air gondolas. Feel free to ask the attendants questions!
  • The food was good and there was some onboard entertainment that we enjoyed. We had tickets for the regular open air gondala with the the add on BBQ Lunch. The views were unimpressive and the 1 hour layover was at a river outdoor centre so if you weren't getting off to do the rafting there was nothing to do. If I were to do this again I wouldn't pay any more than $30 dollars per ticket. The picture are deceiving, it may be better in the fall however we will not be going again for $51
  • Train is really clean and nice on the inside. The employees were really attentive and the kids loved it (Polar Express). I would recommend going when its completely dark, though, because it runs through an area that's run down, which is not very Christmas like looking out the windows while its still light outside.