Great Smoky Mountain & Nantahala Train Trips
Enjoy a memorable journey across the Western North Carolina countryside by train with the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad. Excursions take you into river gorges, across valleys and through tunnels carved out of majestic mountains.
Hop aboard the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad in Bryson City, NC for a scenic train ride through the Smokies. You’ll enjoy views of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and sparkling mountain streams, including highlights like the Horseshoe Curve, Fontana Lake Trestle (a 100ft high trestle bridge that spans 780 ft across the lake), Little Tennessee River and the Nantahala River Gorge.
A guest trip favorite, The Nantahala Gorge Excursion, spends an hour layover at Nantahala Outdoor Center where guests can shop, dine at either of our two riverfront restaurants, or just enjoy the views of the Nantahala River, even stick your feet in!
Add some whitewater adventure to the ride with NOC’s Rapid Transit trip: a Nantahala Gorge Excursion packaged with lunch and a fully-guided whitewater rafting trip on the exciting Nantahala River. Transportation back to Bryson City included.
Interested in seeing a new river? Join the Tuckaseegee Gorge Excursion for a 4 hour round trip ride. This relaxing trip departs from Bryson City and winds its way across the Tuckaseegee River to historic Dillsboro.
- Experience a memorable journey through the Western North Carolina countryside on a history train ride.
- Perfect for any age including families with young children.
- Enjoy a stop in the Nantahala Gorge at NOC for shopping, food or photos next to the river.
- The train begins at the historic railroad depot in Bryson City and includes a 44 mile round trip to the scenic Nantahala River
- Gorge and back.
What to Expect
This excursion with the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad departs from Bryson City and lasts approximately 4+ hours traveling 44 miles round trip to the scenic Nantahala River Gorge and back. There is a 1 hour layover at the Nantahala Outdoor Center where you can enjoy lunch, shopping and sightseeing. Ticket price includes admission to the Smoky Mountain Trains Museum in Bryson City. You may enjoy the museum before or after the excursion or return for another day!
Guests will enjoy a half-day train ride through the mountains with a one-hour layover in the Nantahala Gorge. Ticket price includes admission to the Smoky Mountain Trains Museum in Bryson City. You may enjoy the museum before or after the excursion or return for another day.
Enjoy riverside dining at one of our two locations conveniently located right on campus. River’s End Restaurant offers American-style cuisine with pizza, sandwiches, salads and more. Big Wesser features quick Southern fare like burgers and barbeque. Both have a great selection of beer, wine, and cocktails.
Additional snacks and drinks are available for purchase at the Outfitter’s Store or the General Store.