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Welcome to Your Next greatest adventure

The historic Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Depot sits in the heart of Bryson City, North Carolina – a favorite regional attraction for family fun. A round-trip on the train is an ideal way to see extraordinary places that you can’t get to by car. Get a front-row view of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Nantahala National Forest, Fontana Lake, extraordinary trestles, pristine mountain rivers, historic structures, and stunning foliage.

Choose from steam-powered trips with the official “Steam of the Smokies” or climb onboard an excursion powered by diesel locomotives. A variety of passenger round-trip train options and special event trains – including THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride – make this the perfect attraction for creating family memories and experiencing classic Americana.

Climb aboard for your next unforgettable adventure today!

Make Plans for 2024

Regardless of the season, you can expect a truly exceptional experience when you climb aboard one of our historic trains. Our excursions operate year-round, offering guests incredible access to this beautiful and remote region of North Carolina and the Great Smoky Mountains. Purchase your trip in advance to secure the best seats and dates!

Extend your adventure

When you come to ride the train, we recommend you extend your visit and stay awhile. You’ll enjoy country inns, lodges, resorts, quaint shops, quality dining, breweries, historic sites, museums, and wonderful amenities. This is America as it used to be – a treasure trove of friendly people, restful environments, and the beauty of nature everywhere. There’s a reason why Bryson City is one of the top family-friendly destinations in North Carolina. See our local packages to enhance your adventure!

Scenic Train Rides & Special Excursions

Nantahala Gorge Excursion

Take a ride alongside beautiful Fontana Lake and the Nantahala River on our Nantahala Gorge Excursion! This 4½-hour roundtrip excursion carries you 44 miles and includes a relaxing one-hour layover at the gorge.


Join us for a relaxing ride through the quiet countryside on your way to small-town life in western North Carolina along the Tuckasegee River. Enjoy a one-hour and 20-minute layover in beautiful Dillsboro before returning to Bryson City.


Check out adults only special events like the Carolina Moonshine Experience, Smoky Mountain Beer Run, and Uncorked Wine Trains. For family-friendly events, we offer THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride, Bunny Hopper Express, and more!


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