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5 Reasons to Experience the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

If you’re looking for things to do near our cabin rentals in Murphy, NC, take the drive to Bryson City to experience the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. About an hour drive from Murphy, it offers train excursions that take you from its historic depot through the countryside of Western North Carolina! If you need convincing on why you should make the drive to Bryson City, we’ve made a list of 5 reasons to experience the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad!

1. Scenic Views

You’ll love being able to take in the scenic views of Western North Carolina from the train! The excursions take you through some of the most beautiful scenery in the area. There are all-day trips that include a layover in the heart of the Nantahala Gorge, as well as trips that travel along the Tuckasegee River. Both excursions offer gorgeous views all year round.

2. Special Experiences

bottle of moonshine with sample glassThe Great Smoky Mountains Railroad is proud to offer special experiences throughout the year for visitors. In addition to the Nantahala Gorge Excursion and the Tuckasegee River Excursion, you can choose the Carolina Shine Moonshine Experience. This special train ride allows you to “shine and dine” on the railway as you enjoy the Nantahala Gorge Excursion. The experience begins in a First Class train fleet car called The Carolina Shine, that’s copper-lined walls are filled with the history of moonshining in North Carolina. Riders will be able to sample flavors of the moonshine, including Apple Pie, Blackberry, Blueberry, Cherry, Peach, and Strawberry. If the samples just aren’t enough, you’ll be able to order moonshine cocktails! The experience also includes a delicious BBQ meal. You can also try the BBQ & Brews, Uncorked, and Bunny Hopper Express experiences throughout the year!

3. Fall Foliage

There’s nothing more beautiful than when the leaves turn from green to shades of red, orange, and yellow. If you visit during the fall, you’ll want to try the Fall Foliage experience at Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. You can choose either the Nantahala Gorge or the Tuckasegee Excursions to view this sight!

4. Get in the Holiday Spirit

child drinking hot choclateIf you visit during the holiday season, there’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit than with the Polar Express Train Ride! This is an over an hour round-trip ride that takes you to the North Pole! The experience is set to the sounds of the movie and allows everyone on board to enjoy hot cocoa and a treat while listening to the magical story. Even Santa Claus will join the ride and present each child with a special gift — a silver sleigh bell!

5. Package Deals

For even more fun, the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad offers package deals! You can combine your train excursion with other exciting activities in the area, like white water rafting, a zipline canopy tour, or a waterfall Jeep tour. You can also enjoy your own private caboose party, which is perfect for large groups, parties, and special occasions!

These are just some of the many reasons you should experience the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad in Bryson City! Learn more about the railroad, then start planning your trip!