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Great Smoky Mountains Railroad +

225 Everett St

Bryson City, NC 28713

(800) 872-4681

Step onboard for a passage through time as the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad takes you through a remote corner of Western North Carolina into river gorges, across fertile valleys and through tunnels carved out of mountains. You may choose from a variety of train adventures departing from our Bryson City, NC depot. Ride in vintage 1940’s railroad cars while dinning in First Class. Let us be your guide through the breath-taking scenery while you kick back and relax. All First Class tickets include a delicious meal served by your private car attendant, a souvenir tumbler and a special gift.

The Nantahala Gorge Excursion is 4 ½ hours and travels 44 miles with a one hour layover at the Nantahala Outdoor Center. The four hour Tuckasegee River Excursion travels 32 miles round trip, past The Fugitive movie film site, to the town of Dillsboro for a 1 ½ hour layover.

Join us throughout the year for Special Event trains with lovable characters like the PEANUTS™ gang. A great way to create a memorable family vacation!

All aboard for rail adventure!

Information & reservations www.gsmr.com or (800) 872-4681.

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