Ticket on the Nantahala Gorge Excursion at Great Smoky Mountains Railroad in Bryson City. Two Options Available.

Bryson City

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In a Nutshell

  • 4.5-hour trip through the Smoky Mountains
  • Explore the Nantahala Gorge
  • Open-air seating or heated cars

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Apr 30, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per visit. Reservation required, subject to availability. Valid only for option purchased. Not valid 4/22-4/23. Valid only Fridays and Saturdays in March, Tuesday through Saturday in April. No cash back. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Train conductors, like orchestra conductors, work with tracks, wear outfits that would elicit glares at a rodeo, and tell their pupils, “Slow down, there—nice and easy.” Keep your adventures on track with today's Groupon at Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, located in Bryson City. Choose between two options:

  • For $24, you get an adult coach-class ticket (a $49 value).
  • For $14, you get a children's (ages 2–12) coach-class ticket (a $29 value).

Featuring 53 miles of track and 25 bridges, Great Smoky Mountains Railroad transports guests to majestic mountain locales in western Carolina, allowing travelers to view nature's splendor while sitting on a modern marvel. The four-and-a-half-hour trip offers coach seating to train setters tired of driving through the mountains with the Space Shuttle and its noisy transmission, instead surrounding them in 1920s-inspired train cars, complete with heat and ceiling fans for climate comfort.

With this deal, you'll revel in the panoramic views of the Smoky Mountains before arriving at the misty Nantahala Gorge. Travelers spend one hour exploring the Nantahala Outdoor Center, perusing shops and restaurants, or scouring the wilderness for the ancient trees with banjo shaped leaves.

The return trip to Bryson City lets pilgrims catch their breath while enjoying the backdrop of the Little Tennessee and Nantahala Rivers. Stomachs find respite in the concession bar with miniature morsels such as chips and cookies or bigger treats such as the Engineer's Hamburger Lunch ($9). The schedule offers visitors plenty of times, with Friday and Saturday trips in March and excursions Tuesday–Saturday during April.

Reviews

TripAdvisors give the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad an average of three owl eyes, and four Yelpers give it a 3.5-star average:

  • The Nantahala Recreation Center area was nice, beautiful river and picnic tables. Overall a nice train ride. – Michaelrm48, TripAdvisor
  • The train ride was a lot of fun. It was nice that the return trip is along the same tracks and not a loop. This way you are able to switch side to see what you missed on the way out. – Robley R., Yelp, 10/11/10

Customer Reviews

33 Ratings

Great trip! Would definitely take another train trip with Great Smoky Mountains Railroad!
Becky T. · October 25, 2013
Had a great time an would do it again
T J. · November 5, 2012
Very nice staff, laid back and jovial. Thoroughly enjoyed the train ride and got to ask the conductor some questions afterward which was really fun. The train museum is a ice touch and the displays are amazing!
Mary P. · March 22, 2012
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    Bryson City, North Carolina 28713

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