This attraction is not included on the Go Blue Ridge Card. However, Great Smoky Mountains Railroad - Scenic Excursion (Standard Seating) is offered on Go Select Blue Ridge, our customizable attraction pass.
This attraction is seasonal and may be closed during your visit. Please verify when this attraction is open in the getting in tab below.
Bonus Choice on all cards. With 53 miles of track, 2 tunnels and 25 bridges, the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad showcases the amazing landscape of Western North Carolina like no other tour can. With the romance and mystique of an era gone by, guests on-board will a enjoy scenic train journey across fertile valleys and through river gorges in a spectacular region near The Great Smoky Mountains. Available excursion choices include:
ONE bonus attraction is included with your Go Blue Ridge Card. Choose from Biltmore, OR Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Excursion.
Your ONE bonus choice is valid ONCE per life of the card and must be utilized on one of the days you are using the card (it is not an extra day).
Purchase standard excursion ticket and receive upgrade. Seating upgrade based on availibility.
ONE bonus attraction is included with your Go Blue Ridge Card. Choose from Biltmore, Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Excursion or Smoky Mountain Country Club
Go Blue Ridge Card includes a "Standard Seating" ticket (westbound or eastbound departing from historic Bryson City depot). Upgrades in seating are available for a fee. Reservations are recommended. Identify yourself as a Go Blue Ridge Card holder if making an advanced reservation. A credit card will be needed to secure your reservation, but it will not be charged unless you do not show up for the excursion. Be sure to cancel in advance if your plans change to avoid any charges.
Go Blue Ridge Card is not accepted on any Special Event trains or Evening Dining trains. It will, however, be honored for the special Tuckasegee River trains with the Lone Ranger.
After the line that the GSMR runs on (the "Murphy Branch") had fallen into disuse, several entities came together to form the Great Smoky Mountains Railway in 1988. It began running excursions with rolling stock purchased from various railroads around the nation. The Dillsboro to Nantahala route was one of the most scenic on the Murphy Branch and the excursion trains caught on right away. Upward of 200,000 passengers enjoy the scenery each year aboard the excursion trains.
This section of Western North Carolina offers a wide array of ever changing vegetation and fantastic landscapes. Dating back to the 1800's and located on the south side of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Murphy Branch allowed access to one of the most remote and beautiful places in the world, and now you can ride this same historic and beautiful route. And best of all, if you select the Great Smoky Mountain Railway as your Go Blue Ridge bonus choice, then your ticket is free!
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Comments about Smart Destinations Great Smoky Mountains Railroad - Scenic Excursion (Standard Seating):
This is very convenient for first time family traveling. I did not want to be bothered with how much do I have to pay for admissions every time. Just have the card and just go. Some places you have to call in advance for reservations but the card is worth every call.
224 Everett Street
Bryson City, NC 28713
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