We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

226 Everett St, Bryson City, NC 28713-6405
+1 800-872-4681
Website
Share
Save
Review Highlights
Not what I expected.

So disappointed in the Nantahala ride. Seats faced each other in the Crown Class, so there was no... read more

Reviewed yesterday
historybuff2
,
Oklahoma
Great Escape

My boyfriend and I visited from Charlotte for a weekend get away. This was the highlight of the... read more

Reviewed yesterday
ACanavan
,
Charlotte, North Carolina
via mobile
Read all 2,571 reviews
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Overview
More
A 52-mile rail journey through valleys, inside winding tunnels and across spectacular gorges of the Great Smoky Mountains.
  • Excellent53%
  • Very good23%
  • Average12%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“open air” (305 reviews)
“nantahala gorge” (324 reviews)
“train ride” (605 reviews)
Closed Now
Hours
Hours Today: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
LOCATION
226 Everett St, Bryson City, NC 28713-6405
CONTACT
Website
+1 800-872-4681
Write a ReviewReviews (2,571)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
All reviews
"open air"
in 305 reviews
"nantahala gorge"
in 324 reviews
"train ride"
in 605 reviews
"first class"
in 480 reviews
"crown class"
in 107 reviews
"open car"
in 104 reviews
"the polar express"
in 198 reviews
"tote bag"
in 71 reviews
"dining car"
in 64 reviews
"pulled pork"
in 48 reviews
"north pole"
in 129 reviews
"steam engine"
in 58 reviews
"switch sides"
in 41 reviews
"return trip"
in 82 reviews
"carolina shine"
in 38 reviews
"the nantahala outdoor center"
in 142 reviews
"coach class"
in 26 reviews
Filter

1 - 10 of 2,562 reviews

Reviewed yesterday

So disappointed in the Nantahala ride. Seats faced each other in the Crown Class, so there was no leg room, no place to even put a camera bag or purse. Very uncomfortable the whole ride. The scenery was about 70 percent kudzu. I was so...More

Thank historybuff2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

My boyfriend and I visited from Charlotte for a weekend get away. This was the highlight of the trip for us. Unfortunately, we went too early in May for much Fall color, but we still had fun. We went in the open car for adults...More

1  Thank ACanavan
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 2 days ago

After spending a day with Tim "Seanachai" and hearing the descriptive and engaging stories of the area and the mountain people I was sad that it came to an end. Be sure to reserve the narrated car. You won't be disappointed. Enjoy !

Thank David S
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
See more reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago

You will not be disappointed if you spend just a little more & ride the charter car.... THE BRYSON CITY WITH TIM..... He can tell you things that no one else knows. He made the train ride really interesting!!

Thank Sherri L
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We went on GSMR today, we were in the Nantahala car which is an open air car. Nancy was our server, she did a fantastic job! The views were amazing to see. Nancy did a great job giving us information as we passed sites, which...More

Thank chassybaby1974
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 3 days ago

Thoroughly enjoyed our Nantahala Gorge train ride. Our "tour guide", Steve Becker, was great -- funny and informative! Full service hot lunch was delicious, as was our specialty coffee drink in the take-home Smoky Mountain Railroad coffee mug. Learned of many historical facts along the...More

Thank Norman J
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 4 days ago

This was an awesome experience from get go. Parking and ticket pick up was so easy as well as boarding. Choosing Premium Gondola seating everything we needed for the day was provided. Views on our side going out were beautiful however on the way back...More

Thank spsretired
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 6 days ago

Our family had a wonderful day on our train Ride. Wonderful views, and lunch was great! Our server was Nancy and she was very friendly and attentive.

Thank wwhughes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 6 days ago

I had the pleasure of enjoying a steam train excursion through the Nantahala Gorge for my birthday. My husband and I enjoyed the first class dining and travel commentary, but next time I would prefer being in a car that is out in the open...More

Thank Kathy B
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 6 days ago

July 2018. Did this excursion twice before. Nantahala Gorge Steam train. Friends wanted to see a steam loco. Adult first class car. Adults ONLY. Well worth the $$. Make res EARLY. Lunch was delightful. Service was friendly and spectacular. If only two of you, request...More

Thank bob b
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all 10 hotels in Bryson City
Rosewood Inn
100 reviews
.37 km away
Relax Inn
44 reviews
.46 km away
Sleep Inn Bryson City - Cherokee Area
476 reviews
1.09 km away
Ridge Top Motel & Campground
146 reviews
1.12 km away
Nearby Restaurants
The Filling Station Deli Sub Shop
798 reviews
.14 km away
The Bistro at the Everett Hotel
1,084 reviews
.34 km away
Mountain Perks
263 reviews
.02 km away
The Chocolate Shoppe
136 reviews
.14 km away
Nearby Attractions
Swain County Heritage Museum
69 reviews
.34 km away
Smoky Mountain Trains Museum
369 reviews
.10 km away
Nantahala Brewing Company
335 reviews
.09 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Misty E
July 14, 2018|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from Kathy B | Reviewed this property |
Yes, I recommend purchasing tickets in advance. It makes for an easy check-in; no waiting in long lines.
1
Vote
Awdrey H
July 3, 2018|
AnswerShow all 14 answers
Response from Tammy S | Reviewed this property |
Very relaxing, the train does not go very fast.
1
Vote
MikeTheTraveler56
July 3, 2018|
AnswerShow all 13 answers
Response from toma_svillesc | Reviewed this property |
We took the ride to & from Dillsboro, and thoroughly enjoyed the scenery. Granted, it certainly wasn't a trip into Denali or a drive through Acadia, but quite enjoyable nonetheless. Much of the route traversed rural... More
0
Votes