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GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAIN SCENIC TRAIN TOURS

Great Smoky Mountain Railroad Adventure

The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad offers a variety of scenic train tours through the mountains of Western North Carolina. The following are some of the most popular excursions that Carolina Outfitters can reserve for you:

EXCURSION SCHEDULE

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NANTAHALA GORGE EXCURSION:
The 4 ½ hour round trip Nantahala River Gorge Excursion departs from the historic town of Bryson City and travels 44 miles to the scenic Nantahala River Gorge. This tour travels along a stretch of the Tuckaseegee River, goes through charming countryside, crosses Fontana Lake on a 100 foot high trestle bridge that spans almost 800 feet across the Lake, winds through the scenic Western North Carolina mountains and into the legendary Nantahala River Gorge. The train goes along the Nantahala River and through the Nantahala Gorge, giving guests great views of the Nantahala National Forest and the high cliffs and rugged mountain terrain that the Cherokee called "The Land of the Noonday Sun". There is a one hour layover at Nantahala for lunch, sightseeing, shopping and relaxing. Guests can enjoy viewing the fun and exciting whitewater rafting activities on the Nantahala River on this trip! (The Rafting and Railroad option can be reserved through Carolina Outfitters)

TUCKASEGEE RIVER EXCURSION:
The 4 hour round trip Tuckaseegee River Excursion departs from the historic town of Bryson City and travels along the Tuckaseegee River, through charming countryside, through the historic Cowee Tunnel, past 'The Fugitive' film site, and arrives in the quaint village of Dillsboro. Guests have a 1 ½ hour layover for shopping and dining.

RAFTING AND RAILROAD:
We suggest one of the following:

Option A: We will book your whitewater rafting with Carolina Outfitters and your scenic railway trip with Great Smoky Mountains Railroad on two separate days. Both are major adventures! (You enjoy the full train trip both to the Nantahala Gorge and then back to Bryson City, and you raft the full river on the Nantahala on two separate days.)

Option B: We will book your scenic railway trip with Great Smoky Mountain Railroad in the morning and your whitewater rafting with Carolina Outfitters in the afternoon. You enjoy the full railway trip from Bryson City into the Nantahala Gorge and then back to Bryson City. (The return trip from the Nantahala Gorge to Bryson City is a very enjoyable part of the trip, and this way you won't miss it!) You then drive from Bryson City to Carolina Outfitters Rafting (about a 30 minute drive) and go on a (full river) whitewater rafting trip down the Nantahala River with Carolina Outfitters!

THE POLAR EXPRESS™:
Bring the magical story of the Polar Express™ to life as you depart Bryson City for an imaginary journey to the North Pole on The Polar Express™. Enjoy the enchanting lights, decor and atmosphere of the Christmas Season. Guests on board will enjoy hot chocolate and a snack while listening to and reading along with the magical Polar Express Story. Children will be delighted when the train arrives at the "North Pole" where Santa Claus and his reindeer will be waiting. Santa will board the Polar Express where he will greet each child and give them their own sleigh bell. Christmas carols will be sung on the return trip to Bryson City.

Ticket prices begin at $39 for adults and $26 for children ages 2-12. Children under two years old ride complimentary. For more information and reservations please call 800-468-7238 or 828-488-6345.

Premium rates apply to specific dates in November and December and all Saturday trains.

Coach Class: Adults $39, Children (2-12) $26, Infant Complimentary
Coach Class Premium: Adults $45, Children (2-12) $31, Infant Complimentary
Crown Class: Adults $49, Children (2-12) $36, Infant $10
Crown Class Premium: Adults $55, Children (2-12) $41, Infant $15
First Class: Adults $59 Children (2-12) $41, Infant $15
First Class Premium: Adults $68, Children (2-12) $46, Infant $20

First Class seating upgrades are available. Each guest will receive a deluxe serving of warm cocoa in a souvenir Polar Express™ mug and other treats in addition to the standard offerings. Upgrade to First Class at $59 for adults and $41 for children ages 2-12. Children under two years old are $15.

Ride the Polar Express™ Christmas Eve Limited for an evening you will never forget! Each guest will receive a special Christmas souvenir. Adult ticket prices start at $52 and children 2-12 are $37. First Class seating upgrades are also available. Adult ticket prices are $73, children 2-12 are $50 and $20 for less than two years.

*All ticket fares subject to 6% Historic Preservation Fee, premium rates apply to premium dates.

Smoky Mountain Trains Museum admission is included with all train excursion tickets. Without train excursion admission is $9 for Adults and $5 for Children.

PEANUTS ™ THE GREAT PUMPKIN PATCH EXPRESS:
Trip departs Dillsboro Depot on selected dates in October. Meet Snoopy, Charlie Brown & Lucy, and select your own pumpkin. Enjoy hayrides, live musical entertainment, storytelling, hay bale maze, bouncy house, apple cider, peanuts gift shop, face painting and trick or treating. Kids wear your costumes!

GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAIN RAILROAD TRIP DATES AND TIMES:
For a complete information on 2013 trip dates and times please click here for the 2013 GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS RAILWAY EXCURSION SCHEDULE

TRIP PRICES FOR 2013:

  Adults Children Infants
(under age 2)
Nantahala and Tuckasegee River Excursions
January-September, November-December
     
Coach Class: $51.00 $29.00 Free
Crown Class: $66.00 $38.00 $10.00
First Class 21+: $94.00 N/A N/A
Family First Class: $94.00 $54.00 $20.00
First Class Open Car - Nantahala: $74.00 N/A N/A
       
Coach Class (open/enclosed): $55.00 $31.00 Free
Crown Class: $66.00 $38.00 $10.00
First Class 21+: $94.00 N/A N/A
First Class Open Car - Nantahala: $78.00 N/A N/A
       
Other Trains      
Polar Express™      
   Coach Class $40.00 $26.00 Free
   Coach Class Premium $46.00 $31.00 Free
   Crown Class $50.00 $36.00 $10.00
   Crown Class Premium $56.00 $41.00 $15.00
   First Class $60.00 $41.00 $15.00
   First Class Premium $69.00 $46.00 $20.00
Peanuts ™ Be My Valentine:      
   Standard Coach $51.00 $29.00 Free
   Family First Class $92.00 $54.00 $20.00
Peanuts ™ Easter Beagle:      
   Standard Coach $51.00 $29.00 Free
   Family First Class $94.00 $54.00 $20.00


RESERVATION REQUEST FORM FOR GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAIN RAILROAD TRIP

<< Prices and schedules are subject to change >>

SCHOOL GROUPS AND SCOUT GROUPS

Special discounts are available for School Groups and Scout Groups at $13.00 per person on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad. For every 10 in the group 2 staff members will receive the $13.00 per person discount price, and additional adults would pay only $22.00 per person. (ie: for 20 in the group 4 staff members could go for $13.00 each and additional at $22.00 etc.) Bus drivers for schools always get a complimentary ticket.

GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAIN RAILROAD SPECIAL DISCOUNTS
FOR REGULAR GROUPS

Special discounts are available for regular groups of 20 or more on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad.

  • Open Air Car or Standard Closed Coach: $44.10 per person
  • Crown Coach Class: $58.50 per person
  • First Class Coach: $80.10 per person

For every 20 paying persons one group leader gets a complimentary ticket. Bus drivers for groups of 20 or more get a complimentary ticket.

GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAIN RAILROAD TRAIN CAR TYPES:

Open Air Car
The open air cars feature long padded outward-facing seats, perfect for panoramic views. The open air cars have a roof, but the window areas of the sides are open air.

Standard Closed Coach
The standard closed coaches feature windows that open for fresh-air viewing. They have ceiling fans for warmer weather and heat for cooler days.

Crown Coach Class
The crown coaches feature larger plate glass windows for excellent viewing. They include air-conditioning for climate controlled passenger comfort. Crown coach passengers receive their own souvenir tumbler & fill with a fountain soda in the Conductor’s Café Car.

First Class Coach
The first class coaches feature large plate glass windows for excellent viewing, Air Conditioning for climate controlled passenger comfort. First class passengers receive an all inclusive, delicious lunch served by the car’s private attendant, a souvenir tumbler with a fountain soda and an embroidered tote bag gift from GSMR. (Age 21 and over only) Cocktail and bar service available for purchase.

Family First Class Coach
Family first class coach option is available for families with children in June, July and August.

RESTROOMS:
Restrooms are available at depots and on board the trains. Limited disability access is available.

(Prices are subject to change.)

GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAIN RAILROAD TRIP DATES AND TIMES:
For a complete information on 2013 trip dates and times please click here for the 2013 EXCURSION SCHEDULE

We will email you a confirmation number for your train trip. (We will notify you of any change in price or availability prior to your confirmation)

RESERVATION REQUEST FORM FOR GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAIN RAILROAD TRIP

We can help you fit the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad trip into your vacation schedule as well as whitewater rafting with Carolina Outfitters on the Nantahala River, gemstone mining at Nantahala River Gem Mine, for a variety of scenic bike path options, and horseback riding on the scenic back-country trails of the Nantahala River Gorge or other scenic trails. In addition, we offer a variety of vacation cabin rental lodging options!


 

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