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“Great Escape”

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
Ranked #5 of 26 things to do in Bryson City
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A 52-mile rail journey through valleys, inside winding tunnels and across spectacular gorges of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Reviewed July 18, 2018 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 only which was great for us. But we saw many families and children enjoying the other open car. The train conductor was friendly and knowledgeable, sharing many personal stories. The trip hugged roads more than I expected; I thought we’d be more in mountains. We also enjoyed the stop at the outdoor center. We will definitely do this again, perhaps one of their specialty trips.

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed July 17, 2018

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 !

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank David S
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Reviewed July 16, 2018

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!!

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Sherri L
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Reviewed July 16, 2018 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 kept it interesting. The food and drinks served on the train were a very pleasant surprise. We will be visiting GSMR again soon.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank chassybaby1974
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Reviewed July 16, 2018

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 way, points of interest being mentioned. Loved our stop at Nantahala Outdoor Center, where, among other things, you can walk across the Appalachian Trail! Very relaxing trip. Leave some time to enjoy the lovely town of Bryson City. Would go again.

Date of experience: July 2018
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