Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

All aboard the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad for scenic train excursions from…

All aboard the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad for scenic train excursions from the historic depot in Bryson City, through the beautiful countryside of Western North Carolina to various destinations.

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

Scenic Train Excursions for the Whole Family

Bryson City, NC, is home to the historic Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, an impressive series of locomotives sure to instill a feeling of nostalgia and excite the child at heart with gentle excursions through the Smoky Mountains. The Railroad, equipped with both steam and diesel trains, offers many seasonal and themed adventures, ranging from rides featuring food, wine and spirits tastings, fall foliage journeys, private train car offerings and, of course, the much loved Polar Express, a holiday-themed excursion that spreads joy and magic throughout our mountains. Grab your friends and take a ride on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad!

Where Would You Like to Go?

Nantahala Gorge Train Excursion

Take a train ride along side the beautiful Nantahala River on our Nantahala Gorge Excursion! Departing from Bryson City, this 4½ hour roundtrip excursion carries you 44 miles to the Nantahala Gorge and back again arriving at our Bryson City…

Tuckasegee River Train Excursion

Join us for a relaxing ride through quiet countryside on your way to small town life in western North Carolina on the Tuckasegee River Excursion. Departing from Bryson City, this 4 hour excursion travels 32 miles round-trip to Dillsboro and…

Journey to the North Pole on the POLAR EXPRESS™

All Aboard THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride! This memorable journey will take you on an incredible round trip ride to the North Pole! Excursions depart from the train depot in downtown Bryson City during the months of November and December. Check the train schedule for more information and tickets. The 1¼ hour round-trip passenger excursion comes to life as the train departs…

So Many Ways to Experience Railroading!

Train Videos

Experience the various types of excursions on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

Train Special Events

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…


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…

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