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Winter Train Excursions in the Smoky Mountains

A train prepares to depart from The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad in Bryson City.

The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad has extended its operating season into the winter.

These train trips allow you to experience the beauty of the winter season in the Smoky Mountains. You’ll be able to see unobstructed mountain views from their cozy and festive train cars.

An Incredible Experience – No Matter the Season

Whichever time of year you visit, you’re in for an amazing ride on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad. They run trips all year, giving you a chance to explore the beautiful and quiet areas of North Carolina and the Great Smoky Mountains.

Oh The Places You’ll Go!

In there winter they have two primary offerings. The Tuckaseegee River Excursion takes you on a calm journey through peaceful mountain terrain as you head to the charming small towns of Western North Carolina. Starting in Bryson City, this 4-hour trip covers 32 miles round-trip to Dillsboro and returns to the Bryson City Depot. Along the way, catch a glimpse of the renowned movie set where The Fugitive, starring Harrison Ford, was filmed!

The Nantahala Gorge Excursion will immerse you in the scenic wonders of the Great Smoky Mountains as you journey along the Tennessee and Nantahala (nan-tuh-HAY-luh) River. You’ll traverse the historic trellis bridge Fontana Trestle, crossing Fontana Lake and entering the picturesque Nantahala Gorge. Opt for onboard dining in First Class Seating with a selection from their First Class dining menu, or enhance your experience with a pre-purchased box lunch for a truly unique dining on the move. Arrive at your layover destination in the heart of the Nantahala Gorge for a one-hour break, where you can unwind by the river or indulge in sightseeing!

About Great Smoky Mountain Railroad

Trains have connected the communities of Western North Carolina since the 1800s, and helped to increase visitation to once remote areas of the Smoky Mountains. Today they are enduring reminders of our past, and provide a unique setting to take in the beauty of the surrounding mountains. Learn about train rides through the Smoky Mountains, including routes and annual events.

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