Rail Adventures

All Aboard For Train Excursions in the Smokies!

The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad train excursions depart from downtown Bryson City and take passengers on journeys across valleys and through river gorges in the spectacular Great Smoky Mountains region. One of the best ways to take in the natural beauty of Bryson City and Swain County is by taking a train excursion.

These round-trip excursions in the beautiful western North Carolina mountains offers a wide array of ever-changing lake and mountain views, fantastic landscapes and whitewater scenes. Choose a box lunch while onboard the train, or check out the menu selections in the First Class and Premium cars, or visit a restaurant at your stopover destination.

​Looking for an authentic local experience? Try the Uncorked Wine Excursion or the Carolina Shine Moonshine Experience.

Most trains depart in the morning with the round trip excursion lasting approximately 4.5 hours. See the full schedule.​

Special Event Train Excursions

Carolina Shine Moonshine Experience

“Shine and Dine” on the railway! We cordially invite you to hop on board The Carolina Shine, GSMR’s All-Adult First Class Moonshine Car! We will be proudly serving hand crafted, triple-distilled, craft moonshine. Some of the smoothest…

Uncorked - A Rail and Wine Experience

Passengers will enjoy a full service All-Adult First Class ride in our First Class cars with a private attendant and plush, well-appointed dining seating. A narrator will accompany the ride to present each pour to guests and share knowledge…

BBQ & Brew with Innovation Brewing

Three 4 oz samplings of locally crafted beer and root beer! Along the ride to the Fontana Trestle passengers will enjoy their samplings and history of the local brewery being featured all while eating a BBQ and Ribs dinner. After crossing…

Fontana Trestle Train Featuring BBQ & Brews

Back by popular demand our BBQ & Brews now featured on the Fontana Trestle Train, will roll out this Summer! Featuring slow-cooked BBQ pork and chicken, prepared fresh and beer tastings showcasing our local breweries! Departing from…

THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride

THE POLAR EXPRESS™ with the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad is a 1¼ hour round-trip passenger excursion that comes to life as the train departs the Bryson City depot for a journey through the quiet wilderness for a special visit at the North…