Take a ride through the mountains of North Carolina to see the spectacular mountain fall foliage show from a railroad car!. The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad is the way to go to tour the colorful North Carolina mountains in the fall. The Nantahala Gorge Excursion is a 4 1/2 hour railroad ride that heads westbound toward the Nantahala Gorge and then back. Round trip it is a 88 miles trip that goes thru the Little Tennessee and Nantahala Rivers across Fontana Lake and into the Nantahala Gorge. Enjoy a 1 hour layover at the Nantahala Outdoor Center to sightsee and enjoy a riverside picnic lunch.
The Tuckasegee River Excursion is a 32 mile round trip railroad excursion that travels along the Tuckasegee River. See old railroad towns as you railway through the mountains and valleys, including the historic Cowee Tunnel, and passing by the The Fugitive movie train wreck scene! The Tuckasegee River Excursion railroad trip takes about 4 hours. There is a 1 1/2 hour layover in Dillsboro where you can do some shopping, eat a snack or get a meal and discover the charming town of Dillsboro, North Carolina.
Either one of these Great Smoky Mountains Railroad fall excursions is a great way to see the fall foliage in October in the North Carolina mountains. Don’t worry about driving, let the train conductor do it for you! CNN Travel listed this as one of the “five fabulous fall foliage train rides”. Take a camera so you can get some fabulous pictures of the fall foliage in the mountains of North Carolina. Find out more at the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad and make reservations today. You will not regret it!
The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad is located in Bryson City, NC.