Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Tours

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Tours
45 Mitchell Street Bryson City, NC 28713
1-800-987-9852  
Detail Excursions last 1.25 hours to 4.5 hours depending on trip selected.
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Incrdible Experience with the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Tours
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Explore Western North Carolina in style with a ride on the historic Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. These railroad excursions offer plenty to visitors. Sit back and relax while enjoying some beautiful scenery on two scenic excursions and a variety of fun event trains. 

There are two scenic, narrated trains that run on the regular schedule. Both the steam-powered and the diesel-powered trains run on the Nantahala Gorge Excursion and the Tuckasegee River Excursion. 

About the Steam-Powered Train


This particular steam-powered train dates back to 1942. The original plan for the train was a commissioned World War II Steam Engine plan. It is one of only two remaining of these types of steam engines in the United States, making a ride on one a unique and thrilling experience. Before the journey, guests can get a close-up look at the fully-restored engine and take photos with the crew. The steam engine runs on the Nantahala Gorge Excursion and the Tuckasegee River Excursion and offers plenty of seating options. 

About the Nantahala Gorge Excursion

Whether you embark upon the Nantahala Gorge Excursion via steam or diesel locomotive, it is sure to be an amazing time. Starting off from Bryson City Depot, this excursion lasts approximately 4.5 hours and takes place over 44 miles. Head out to the gorgeous Nantahala Gorge and along the Nantahala River. Some of the sights you'll see along the way include the Fontana Trestle, Fontana Lake, and the Nantahala Outdoor Center where you'll spend an hour enjoying the sights along the river. There are several class options to choose from, so no matter what kind of experience you are wishing for, you are sure to find something to your liking. 

About the Tuckasegee River Excursion


This relaxing journey takes guests through the sprawling countryside on a gorgeous excursion. The ride begins at Bryson City Depot and travels 32 miles to Dillsboro and back. The entire experience lasts approximately 4 hours. Guests will be able to see places such as the Tuckasegee River and the movie set of Harrison Ford's The Fugitive. Your trip also includes a 1.5-hour layover stop at Dillsboro which is home to 50 shops and restaurants that you can explore before your return trip. 

As well as these two amazing trips, the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad also offers various event excursions throughout the year. 

About the Moonshine Experience 


This adult-only experience is sure to be a blast, especially for those who love Moonshine! Climb aboard The Carolina Shine where you'll be whisked away for a fantastic trip to the Nantahala Gorge. The tour takes place on the first-class moonshine car where guests will be able to learn about the traditions of moonshining while enjoying a delicious meal featuring pulled-pork, cornbread, coleslaw and Moonshiners' Mud Pie. Along the way, guests will also be able to sample various flavors of Moonshine while enjoying all of the sights available on the Nantahala Gorge Excursion. This tour is 21 and older ONLY. 

About the Fontana Trestle Train ft. BBQ & Brews


Combining awesome scenery with delicious BBQ and beer samplings, the Fontana Trestle Train ft BBQ & Brews tour is sure to be a blast. Head out from Bryson City Depot where you'll be whisked off to the beautiful Fontana Trestle for a sunset view. Guests will also be able to enjoy a BBQ dinner featuring Southern-style hand-pulled pork, ribs, and sides. Top it all off with a decadent apple cobbler. Adults will receive a GSMR glass and 3 different Western North Carolina beers to sample while the kiddos will get their very own exclusive GSMR cup and a Hoppy Trout Brewing Company Root Beer. It's sure to be a wonderful time, so do not miss out! 

About the Uncorked Wine Tour


Another adult-only ride can be had with the Uncorked excursion. Guests will be able to relax in first class while enjoying delicious wine sampling. Also included is a sampling of cheeses as well as a mouthwatering surf-and-turf meal featuring baked Atlantic salmon and tender beef slices topped with a port wine. This tour is 21 and older ONLY. 

About the PEANUTS™ the Great Pumpkin Patch Express


See the stunning fall foliage and gorgeous colors of the Great Smoky Mountains on this unforgettable Halloween-themed adventure. This family-friendly excursion includes an awesome narration of 'It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown' and takes visitors to a fun pumpkin patch. Guests will then be able to meet with Charlie Brown, Lucy, and Snoopy to take pictures and can enjoy a variety of activities during a 1.5-hour layover. Kiddos can enjoy roasting marshmallows, trick-or-treating, embarking on a hayride, or playing on a bouncy house. Plus, the excursion is costume friendly to truly embrace the holiday spirit. Kiddos will also be able to bring their own pumpkin home with them! 

About the POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride

Celebrate the holidays with one of the most beloved stories. On the POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride, guests of all ages can experience Christmas magic. The round-trip excursion lasts approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes and allows guests to journey through relaxing woods to the North Pole! Along the way, riders will be treated to sounds from the famous movie as well as delicious hot cocoa and a special treat. Once at the North Pole, Santa will hop aboard for pictures and a meet-and-greet with the kiddos. Christmas carols truly get the Christmas spirit going on the way back to Bryson City Depot. 

No matter if you embark upon one of the regular routes or celebrate different holidays and seasons with one of the event train rides, these excursions are sure to be a wonderful addition to your vacation. Don't miss out on all the fun with one of these Great Smoky Mountain Railroad trips!

Moonshine Experience with Lunch Diesel Train Tour
Available Now until 10/24/2019 View Detailed Schedule
Enjoy the Moonshine Experience tour on the diesel train. The moonshine tour allows guests to enjoy fantastic sampling of flavorful shine and a delicious meal along the way. The coach is gorgeously decorated with copper decor. Guests will receive a complimentary Carolina Shine mason drinking jar and a souvenir tote bag. The excursion follows the Nantahala Gorge Route. 21 and older.
Moonshine Experience with Lunch Steam Train Tour
Available 8/30/2019 until 10/27/2019 View Detailed Schedule
Enjoy the Moonshine Experience tour on the steam train. The moonshine tour allows guests to enjoy a fantastic sampling of flavorful shine and a delicious meal along the way. The coach is gorgeously decorated with copper decor. Guests will receive a complimentary Carolina Shine mason drinking jar and a souvenir tote bag. The excursion follows the Nantahala Gorge Route. 21 and older.
Fontana Trestle Train Ft. BBQ & Brews Diesel Train Dinner Tour
Available 8/24/2019 until 3/14/2020 View Detailed Schedule
The Fontana Trestle Train ft BBQ & Brews on the diesel train is sure to be a great time. The tour includes a delicious meal of slow-cooked bbq and amazing beer tastings. Guests will travel to the Fontana Trestle to see some amazing views. Adults will receive a souvenir glass can and three samplings of Western North Carolina beer. Kiddos won't be left out - they'll get a souvenir cup as well with Hoppy Trout Brewing Root Beer.
Nantahala Gorge Excursion Diesel Train Coach / Open Seating
Available Now until 9/27/2019 View Detailed Schedule
Enjoy the Nantahala Gorge Excursion on the diesel train. With coach seating, guests will be able to enjoy the views from an enclosed car, open-and-closeable windows, and lunch for purchase.
Nantahala Gorge Excursion Diesel Train Crown Class Seating
Available Now until 9/27/2019 View Detailed Schedule
The Nantahala Gorge Excursion on the diesel train is sure to be a blast. With Crown Class seating, guests will be able to see all the amazing sights in a climate-controlled car. Guests over the age of 2 will receive a souvenir tumbler with free refills of soda, coffee, and iced tea. Beer and wine and boxed lunches are also available for purchase.
Nantahala Gorge Excursion Diesel Train First Class Seating with Lunch
Available Now until 9/27/2019 View Detailed Schedule
Enjoy everything on the Nantahala Gorge Excursion on the diesel train. During this adventure, guests will be able to see all of the amazing views while getting the First Class, VIP treatment. This first-class ticket includes assigned seating, dining, and a climate controlled car. Brunch and lunch are included. Each couple or party also receives a free souvenir tote bag and everyone gets a souvenir travel mug with free drink refills. Limited bar service is also available.
Nantahala Gorge Excursion Diesel Train Open Air Seating with Lunch
Available Now until 9/27/2019 View Detailed Schedule
Enjoy the Nantahala Gorge Excursion on the diesel train. With Premium Open Gondola Seating, guests will be able to enjoy assigned seating within an unobstructed viewing car. 21+ adults are served a delicious lunch. Guests also receive a souvenir travel mug with free soft drink refills and each couple gets a souvenir tote bag. Limited bar service is also available.
Uncorked Wine Car Experience with Lunch Diesel Train
Available 9/7/2019 until 9/22/2019 View Detailed Schedule
The Uncorked Wine Car Experience on the diesel train is a great adult-only experience. Enjoy a delicious lunch paired with awesome wine tastings and cheeses during this excursion. Guests will be able to enjoy either the Tuckasegee River Excursion or the Nantahala Gorge Excursion.
Frequently Asked Questions for Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Tours:
  • For what ages is the tour appropriate?
    Great for all ages.
  • What type of dress & footwear are recommended?
    Comfortable clothing.
  • Where does the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Tours depart from?
    45 Mitchell Street Bryson City, NC 28713
  • Is photography / video recording allowed on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Tours?
    Yes.
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Nantahala Gorge First Class Menu

Nantahala Gorge First Class Menu

Brunch (9 AM Departures only)

  • Sausage & Bacon Quiche: Golden quiche baked with sausage, bacon, eggs, roasted red peppers and seasonings. Served with a blueberry muffin, sprig of grapes, and pumpkin bundt cake for dessert.
  • Cheesy Shrimp & Grits: Cheese Grits topped with Shrimp, Bacon & Scallions served with a blueberry muffin, sprig of grapes and Pumpkin Bundt cake for dessert.

Adult First Class Lunch Menu

  • Pulled Pork BBQ PlateCajun seasoned Pulled Pork rubbed with our special spices then slow-roasted to perfection and simmered in a sweet BBQ sauce served with Coleslaw and Cinnamon Apples.
  • Pot RoastSlow roasted, melt in your mouth, seasoned pot roast served with carrot soufflé and mashed red skin potatoes.
  • Baked CodGuinness battered Cod oven baked to a golden crisp plated with a lemon wedge and tartar sauce served with Cole Slaw and Five Grain Blend Pilaf.
  • Salad Topped with Fire-Braised Chicken: Our freshly made gourmet Superfood salad with, kale, cabbage, carrots, grape tomatoes, onions, cashews, sunflower seeds, blueberries edamame, dried cranberries mixed with a blueberry pomegranate dressing. Topped with fire-braised chicken, seasoned and sliced.
  • Veggie Lovers' Eggplant Parmesan: Our freshly oven baked Eggplant topped with Italian seasonings, marinara, mozzarella cheese and a pesto sauce. Served with a Five Grain Blend Pilaf and carrot soufflé.
Nantahala Gorge Excursion Premium Open Air Gondola Menu
  • Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwich: Cajun seasoned pulled pork rubbed with our special spices then slow-roasted to perfection and simmered in a sweet bbq sauce served on a Kaiser Roll with coleslaw, baked beans, and kettle-style chips.
  • HyRail Vegetarian Sandwich: Superfood Salad wrap in Naan bread consisting of kale, cabbage, carrots, onions, tomato, cashews, sunflower seeds, edamame, blueberries, dried cranberries and pomegranate blueberry dressing. Served with Five Grain Blend Pilaf and kettle-style chips.
Moonshine Experience Lunch Menu

Prix FixeEnjoy samplings of moonshine and Sweet Baby Ray’s barbeque sauce with Cajun seasoned pulled pork rubbed with our special spices then slow-roasted to perfection served with southern sweet cornbread muffin with honey butter, coleslaw, and cinnamon apples. Top it off with a piece of Moonshiners' Mud Pie. 

October (9 AM & 2PM Departures)

9 AM: Sausage & bacon quiche or cheesy ham hash brown casserole

2 PM: Prix fixe BBQ meal.

Fontana Trestle Train ft. BBQ & Brews Menu

Southern-style BBQ Basket:
Hand pulled pork slider, a couple pork ribs, and chicken drumstick accompanied by baked beans and house made coleslaw. For dessert, enjoy apple cobbler. 

Uncorked Wine Tour Menu
  • Appetizers: Enjoy a sampling of Havarti, muenster, & Gouda cheeses.
  • Salad: Fresh Arcadian Harvest Blend topped with Craisins®, onions, Roma tomatoes, feta cheese with a poppy seed dressing and served with a warm dinner roll.
  • Surf & Turf: Baked Atlantic salmon topped with a Dijon mustard cream and tender beef slices topped with a port wine Reduction. Asparagus and mashed red skin potatoes accompany this dish.

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Bradley Moran
Morenci, MI
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Excellent views , food, and servers. Grandkids loved it. I would say that this is a great trip for family. Wonderful day! Would do it again.
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Bradley Moran
Morenci, MI
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Excellent family adventure! Great sights of the smokies from a train car with a great your guide! Sit back and enjoy!!!
Tip: Arrive early to see the toy trains!
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Beverly Stephens
Southside, AL
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Wonderful tour, great food and service
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Shasta Lesnet
Scottsburg, IN
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The information on train and about the area was great plus the food they served was awesome! We went first class.
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