Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

Great Smoky Mountains RailroadTwo scenic railway excursions run from Bryson City through the beautiful countryside of Western North Carolina, providing a day trip for all the family to enjoy. Select from one of two excursions from March to December. The Tuckasegee River excursion runs on Saturdays only in Jan & Feb.

  • Nantahala Gorge is a 4.5-hour round trip into the Nantahala Gorge. It stops at the Nantahala Outdoor Center and returns via the same route. The adventurous may wish to “Raft & Rail”, enjoying a fully guided raft trip back along the Nantahala River (8 miles) to Bryson City.
  • Tuckasegee River is a 4-hour, 32-mile round trip along the Tuckasegee River to Dillsboro, where you can enjoy restaurants and shops during the layover. Highlights of this trip include the man-made Cowee Tunnel and partial movie set where the Fugitive was filmed (starring Harrison Ford).

There are a variety of train options (steam or diesel) and special event trains. Dine in First Class Cars with a private attendant and breathtaking views or ride in an Open Air Gondola.

Click here to download “All Aboard” to learn more, including special excursions and information on Bryson City

Directions from Buttercup Haven to Bryson City (1-hour drive).

Visit the Great Smoky Mountains website to learn more and book your tickets.