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Nantahala Gorge Excursion

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Bryson City, NC

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Take a train ride alongside the beautiful Nantahala River on our Nantahala Gorge Excursion! Departing from Bryson City, this 4.5 hour roundtrip excursion carries you 44 miles to the Nantahala Gorge and back again, arriving at our Bryson City Depot.

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the Great Smoky Mountains while traveling along the Tennessee and Nantahala (nan-tuh-HAY-luh) River. The historic trellis bridge Fontana Trestle takes you across Fontana Lake and into the beautiful Nantahala Gorge. Onboard dining is available in First Class Seating and selecting from our  First Class Dinning menu options OR you can pre-purchase a box lunch option to make this an amazing unique moving dining experience. Arrive at our layover destination in the heart of the Nantahala Gorge for a one-hour layover where you can relax by the river or enjoy sightseeing!