Approximately three hours ago (at the time that this article was written), the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad officially reopened for business, much to the delight of thousands of thrill-seeking travelers. The wondrous, historic Great Smoky Mountain Railroad departs in the heart of beautiful Bryson City, NC, near the banks of the gushing Tuckasegee River. Regardless of the season, curious tourists flock to this top attraction to mosey into the sprawling, rolling Smoky Mountains. The attraction itself is excessively popular, leading up to Christmas and during autumn’s glorious peak. Great Smokys Cabin Rentals knows how integral this particular 53-mile track is to the local tourist industry. Thus, it’s time to show some love to the locomotive team here in downtown Bryson City.
The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad: Explore the Gorge
Most mid-day trips on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad are either diesel-powered or steam-powered excursions through the Nantahala Gorge in breathtaking Western North Carolina. These 44-mile, four-hour joyrides rumble past trestle bridges, sky-high mountains, serene Fontana Lake, and the Nantahala River itself. There are a variety of packages to choose from, many of which include meals and souvenirs, as well as large picture windows to peer through. Please don’t forget your camera, an appetite, and a sense of wonderment. The hour-long layover allows passengers to stretch their legs, savor a picnic, and enjoy the natural scenery of the peaceful river gorge.
Experiences, Excursions, and Parties
The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad is widely celebrated around Christmastime for its holiday-themed, diesel-powered expeditions into the snowy “unknown.” But oenophiles, beer nerds, and those who appreciate a finely distilled spirit can also discover an array of adult and group-focused rides, mainly in the fall. As you can imagine, these excursions are quite popular among bachelorette and bachelor parties. Click the links below to learn more about the various options available throughout the year.
- Beer Tastin’ at the Station
- Carolina Shine Moonshine Experience
- Nantahala Gorge Excursion
- Private Caboose Party
- The Polar Express™ Train Ride
- Tuckasegee River Excursion
- Uncorked: Rail Line and Wine Experience
Pet-Friendly Cabin Rentals in Bryson City, NC
The perfect place to start and finish each day of fly fishing, waterfall hikes, craft beer, and steam rides is inside a hot tub under the stars, high in the mountains. We boast the largest fleet of cabins near Cherokee, NC, a historic, undeniably gorgeous community just east of the aforementioned Bryson City. If you browse through our featured properties (which include deep discounts), you’ll instantly notice the jaw-dropping views, handcrafted artistry, and quiet seclusion. Whether you’re looking for a week of adventure, romance, or solitude, there’s no denying the allure of this gorgeous landscape and these sophisticated, yet affordable cabins. Check availability online or give us a call today at 800-655-9771.