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Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

226 Everett St, Bryson City, NC 28713-6405
+1 800-872-4681
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Train ride

This is the second time we have rode the train we have went both directions and I would recommend... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Old Fort, North Carolina
Polar Express trip

Nice visit. The night was crisp (about 30*). The Southland car was nice and comfy, the hostesses... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Billy W
via mobile
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A 52-mile rail journey through valleys, inside winding tunnels and across spectacular gorges of the Great Smoky Mountains.
  • Excellent53%
  • Very good23%
  • Average12%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible5%
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“first class” (449 reviews)
“open air car” (171 reviews)
“crown class” (104 reviews)
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Hours Today: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
226 Everett St, Bryson City, NC 28713-6405
+1 800-872-4681
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is the second time we have rode the train we have went both directions and I would recommend this to everyone. Everyone with the train is great

Thank Gwen_LM
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Nice visit. The night was crisp (about 30*). The Southland car was nice and comfy, the hostesses were fabulous. Joy and Twirl were great with grandchildren. And the service. Well worth the trip.

Thank Billy W
Reviewed 3 days ago

This IS a kids attraction. There will be noise and young ones everywhere. I appreciated the fact that my 3 grandsons did not have to try "stay quiet" during such an exciting adventure. We sat in Crown Class to ensure assigned seating. You are able...More

Thank Angie N
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We took my son here for his 5th birthday and I believe the whole family loved it. We done the Polar Express and they do the whole book while your on the train. They give you hot chocolate and a cookie. Then they take you...More

Thank barnett202
Reviewed 6 days ago

We have rode on this line two times in the past 4 years. On our first excursion we rode down the Nantahala Gorge and were pulled by the diesel engine. Our car was very comfortable and we enjoyed the lunch included in our "Crown Class"...More

Thank Darcy M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Honestly, I don't know when I would ever be able to afford taking my four kids on this ride, but I will say that it is an incredibly enjoyable experience. My wife and I tend to go every year on our anniversary as part of...More

Thank Cowboy_Christian
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We'd heard about the Polar Express train out of Bryson City and when our grandson turned 6 we decided this was the year. We were lucky enough to get tickets and per reviews we were not disappointed. We did the first class upgrade and chose...More

Thank rivrman
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a little costly for a train ride, but when you get into the river gorge and see the leaves and the lakes, it all becomes worth it!

Thank Dan B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went on the Polar Express with my Son's family. Two children ages 6 and 4. This is the perfect age for this outing. The boarding is a little chaotic and could be organized better. Not much direction until actual boarding time. The hot chocolate "one...More

Thank Michael M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took our four grandchildren on a first class trip to see Santa on the train. They thoroughly enjoyed all the trees, hot chocolate, Christmas music and story time. The trip to the North Pole was beautiful. We wrote along the Nantahala River and saw...More

1  Thank guv11
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24 October 2017|
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Response from Lorraine H | Reviewed this property |
We took the open air car and enjoyed the scenery and the fresh air. Of course you are taking a chance it might be raining the day you are going but we were fortunate and had a beautiful day. On the way back you reverse your... More
23 October 2017|
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Response from vlscott | Reviewed this property |
I think they try to operate year round with weather conditions favorable. You should call the reservationist if you are not sure before you make the trip. ( 800 872-4681 ). I know some of the fall and winter trips can be... More
Carolynn F
22 October 2017|
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Response from cw4campbell | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, we made not of Steve B's name for future plans, but not her name. I'm sure if you called the GSMR office, they could probably help you.