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Get Away, Get On Board the Great Smoky Mountain Rail Road!

Hop aboard the Great Smoky Mountain Rail Road and step back in time as you experience the sights, sounds and experiences

of yesteryear. 

Based in historic Bryson City,. During your journey through the beautiful countryside of Western North Carolina, view wildlife from the observation deck or relax in one of our period cars as you travel back through time. Great Smoky Mountains Railroad will take you on a memorable adventure.

The Railroad offers a variety of scenic, round-trip excursions
departing from Bryson City. Trips range from 3 ½ hours to a full day
of fun and adventure.

The Nantahala Gorge
Excursion carries you 44 miles to the Nantahala Gorge and back
again. Travel the Little Tennessee and Nantahala Rivers across
Fontana Lake and into the magic of the Nantahala Gorge.

The Tuckasegee River
Excursion travels 32-mile round-trip along the Tuckasegee
River through old railroad towns and scenic meadows.

Check out some of the packages offered 

Tarzan Train 

"The original zipline canopy tour in Western North Carolina, Wildwater’s Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tours offers 13 different zip lines and 8 sky bridges. Our two highest platforms have unbelievable views of Clingman’s Dome, Fontana Lake and waterfalls. This gliding experience, naturally fueled by a gradual elevation change, takes you through multiple ecosystems, past hemlocks, into hardwoods and through a deciduous forest packed with native flowering plants. All Canopy Tour Rangers are trained to – and all courses are built and inspected to – ACCT Standards to provide for your well-being and fun. This is a great experience for families."


"This full-day guided adventure starts with a Wildwater staff member greeting you at the train depot, followed by a scenic train trip, deli lunch with all the fixings, and a Nantahala River whitewater trip with a guide in every boat. Hot showers and a photo show follow immediately after your 8 mile Nantahala River trip. All transportation is included to and from the Bryson City Train Depot."

Private Caboose Party

"Ride in style on the historic Great Smoky Mountains Railroad aboard your very own restored Caboose. These are great for family reunions, birthday parties, private meetings, corporate field trips or just any time!

Our cabooses accommodate up to 15 people with seating on the main level and in the cupola. (And, remember, babies are people, too!) The cabooses feature heat, private bathrooms, windows that can be opened, and open air vestibules at each end for unobstructed views. Advanced reservations are required and availability of caboose rentals are limited.

A platter of cheese and crackers, and an assortment of 15 bottled Coca-Cola products are included. Plus, the caboose is the only place where you can bring your own food and drink (please, no alcohol) in picnic baskets or coolers."

Book your amazing trip now!


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