Take a Ride on the Great Smoky Mountains Railway

On April 9, I boarded the Great Smoky Mountains Railway in Bryson City, North Carolina, for an excursion through the Nantahala River Gorge. I was the guest of my Florida friends, Terry and Ken, and we had a vintage dining car as our home base.

Smoky Mountains Railway Train

During the five hour roundtrip journey, we had full beverage services, and were served a full hot lunch, dessert and all. The staff was very friendly, and we even had live Bluegrass musicians along the way.

Smoky Mountains Railway lunch

Railroad Excursion Friends

The track ran along the famous Nantahala River with its rafters and kayakers, eventually entering the Nantahala Gorge. At one point, the train crossed the TVA’s Fontana Lake over a half mile long trussel.

Fontana Lake on Smoky Min Train

The following 7 1/2 minute video will take you along for a ride. The line has an open air car for easier viewing and these viseos were made from that car. Click on the headline above to go directly to the blog if you don’t see the link below, then move down to find the link.

2 thoughts on “Take a Ride on the Great Smoky Mountains Railway

  1. That looks like a wonderful trip……train cars are beautiful and amenities sound great. That is beautiful country…..Brad and I went on a white water rafting trip through there to Chattooga (sp) River, Nantahala, etc.  We spent a few days in a cabin in Bryson City.

    Thanks for the memories…….should send you a picture some time of our rafting trip. Love Patsy

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  2. Certainly enjoyed the train ride! Beautiful scenery. Boy the water seemed quite high on some of those banks. The only water rafting I’ve done is on the Colorado River, so much fun. Will have to go visit the Nantahala River area, maybe I can go with my Son and family some day, would enjoy the train ride, too. Thanks for sharing your memorable trip with such great friends and letting your other friends “tag” along

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