Enjoy a scenic three and a half to four and a half hour round trip excursion on this railroad that takes you along the ... More
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
Enjoy a scenic three and a half to four and a half hour round trip excursion on this railroad that takes you along the Tuckasegee River and the Nantahala Gorge. There are also romantic evening dinners in lovingly restored dining cars available.
We enjoyed the scenery on the trip. With exception to the dining car, the staff was helpful and friendly. The dining car and food on the train is a nightmare. Of course we did not go on the ride to eat gourmet food, but the food on the train was very bad. My advise would be to bring your own food. They allow you to bring coolers.
My husband and I went with our three children (17, 16 & 12). We boarded at Bryson City and went just south of Nantahala.
The train is set up with seats on each side of the train. On one side, the majority of the trip you abut the side of the mountain a few feet away so you really don't see anything. Once you arrive at the final destination,they ask the passengers to switch sides. Of course, that's because you missed everything the first time!
On the way back, once we switched sides, the trees were so overgrown (July) that you couldn't see very much in between the branches. Maybe it wouldn't have bothered us if we only paid $10 pp ($50 in total) but we paid almost $250 to see nothing special.
i rode the gsmr train since '99. it keeps getting better all the time. we rode the fontana trip and it was fun! they had to use two dissel engines to pull the train. it is very breath taking when we cross the fontana bridge. i cant wait when steam engine 1702 comes back in th 2008 season.
The train ride was very nice, Scenery was beatiful. The ride was a little long but, we stopped half way got off the train and visited a gift shop, got a snack, took lots of pictures. Worth while. Very fun!
We had a wonderful evening on the Mystery Diner Train. The cast of players were very entertaining and the food and service was excellent.
The dress code is not as "enforced" as indicated, but there weren't any offensive characters.
We highly recommend this to all adults. Probably not suitable for children.
This was the highlight of our trip to the Gatlinburg, TN area. We did other things, but the train ride to/thru the Nantahala Gorge was by far the BEST. 4 1/2 hours for @ $100, best deal around.
We sat in the open-air cars, (July, cool in MORNINGS), this gave us the best opportunities for pictures and sightseeing. They do have enclosed cars with A/C, but people in those cars were wanting to come to the open-air to take it all in.
The trip started on time, and was at a nice slow speed for the entire trip. The workers on board were friendly and pointed out everything to look at BEFORE you got to it. Sit on the Depot side for the majority of the better pics, although along the way the other side gave some better shots. Don't worry tho, on the ride back the conductor suggests you switch sides.
Once at the Nantahala Nature Center, the people who paid to "raft-n-rail" got off, leaving us with @75% of the car wide open, sit anywhere. After the 1 hour layover,(passes QUICKLY), the ride back was just as good if not better, although a little bit warmer, but not unbearably so.
This is a wonderful, relaxing trip. Whether you ride steam or diesel, it is a very scenic ride with plenty of fun things to do in both Dillsboro and Bryson. I rode in mid-October, when the fall colors are at their peak.
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