This ranks as one of my most favorite excursions, especially if someone is coming to Western North Carolina for the very first time. No matter what age, this is a wonderful and relaxing trip. I recommend the Nantahala Gorge excursion and the "open car". The open car has seats and gives you a better view - plus experiencing the wonderful mountain air is part of the fabulous trip. I have been on this trip dozens of times, taking first-timers, and I never get tired of the experience. No matter what time of the year, Spring, Summer, Fall and yes even in the Winter - no trip is the same. Everyone has told me that they had doubts about taking a train ride but were so glad that they did as they all enjoyed the trip. I suggest you pack your own lunch and when the train stops at the Nantahala River at the Outdoor Center you can sit by the river on one of the picnic tables and enjoy a nice relaxing time. Get your tickets in advance - especially during the fall leaf season and don't be late - the train will leave without you!
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