New for 2016 - The Steam of the Smokies is back! Join us for this triumphant return as our fully restored #1702 Steam Engine returns to the rails!
The official Steam of the Smokies, will be operating July - December of the 2016 season, servicing the Nantahala Gorge and Tuckasegee River excursions. This unique piece of history dates back to 1942, where the engine's construction was an official commissioned WWII Steam Engine plan. It is of the world's largest engine class and is one of two remaining in the US!
To learn more or to purchase tickets, visit www.GSMR.com.
Nantahala River Whitewater Rafting with NOC
North Carolina's shimmering Nantahala River offers river rafting through family-friendly rapids that are mild but exciting. The Nantahala features eight miles of practice on easy Class II rapids before splashing through the exciting Class III whitewater of Nantahala Falls. This is one of America's most popular whitewater runs!
Book a Nantahala River rafting trip with Nantahala Outdoor Center online at noc.com or call 888.905.7238 for reservations and information.
Buffalo Creek Vacations announces the Grand Opening of its new caboose cabin. The caboose, named the Seaboard Coast Line #0877 is the first in an upcoming group of Caboose cabins to open for rental in Clyde, NC. The Seaboard Coast Line #0877 opens in early April, 2016.
The Seaboard Coast Line #0877, a 1960's caboose, came from Fayetteville, NC. It was originally a part of the old Seaboard Coast Line Railroad which operated in the late sixties through the early eighties in the Southeastern United States.
The caboose has been completely restored to its original color and transformed into a fully functional rental cabin. The caboose cabin is about 390 square feet and has one bedroom, plus a cupola where kids can sleep with a window view of the bison. Additionally, the cabin is furnished with a full kitchen, bathroom and wireless Internet.
The Seaboard Coast Line #0877 caboose rental is the latest edition to the Buffalo Creek Vacations compound, a 65-acre bison ranch located in the Great Smoky Mountains. In addition to the newly added caboose rental, there are currently five rental cabins which range in sizes and amenities, sleeping anywhere from two to fourteen. Other activities include hiking, fishing, and swimming in the nearby Pigeon River.
"We're the first caboose lodging in North Carolina," says Cheryl Hillis, Buffalo Creek Vacations Co-Owner, "Most kids love trains and animals, so this is a great place for families to reconnect, get kids off of the electronic games and enjoy what it was like in the olden days."
The Seaboard Coast Line #0877 has been featured in recent travel related blogs and articles and was touted one of the "The Absolute Coolest, Most Unique Places to Stay in North Carolina" by Thrillist, a popular lifestyle publication.
Buffalo Creek Vacations, situated in the Great Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina, is a family owned business with custom designed log homes and train caboose cabins that are rented out on a weekly basis. Buffalo Creek Vacations is located on a 65 private acre bison ranch which is home to not only bison, but also llamas, miniature horses and goats.
North Carolina's Smoky Mountains
Smoky Mountain Host is located in Western North Carolina in the Great Smoky Mountains. Smoky Mountain Host provides Western North Carolina travel guides, family travel activities, and attractions in Clay, Cherokee, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, and Swain Counties as well as the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation.
Plan your family vacation, romantic getaway, destination wedding, or a day in the wilderness with Smoky Mountain Host. You will find lodging that fits your style and budget, shops that sell everything from souvenirs to exquisite mountain crafts, and exciting outdoor adventures for everyone in the family.
Our Western North Carolina attractions include Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, The Factory, Nantahala Outdoor Center, Harrah's Casino, Oconaluftee Indian Village, John C. Campbell Folk School, Gem Mining, Golfing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Canoeing/Rafting, Snow Skiing, and Arts & Theatre. These are just a few of the adventures awaiting for you in Western North Carolina.
This website and our FREE travel guide provides information on Western North Carolina, Great Smoky Mountain National Park, and Waterfalls. Communities in Western North Carolina include Andrews, Asheville, Balsam, Brasstwon, Bryson City, Candler, Cashiers, Cherokee, Cullowhee, Dillsboro, Fontana Dam, Franklin, Hayesville, Highlands, Maggie Valley, Murphy, Nantahala, Otto, Robbinsville, Scaly Mountain, Sylva, Waynesville, and Whittier.