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All aboard! Enjoy North Carolina's fall color on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

All aboard! The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad is giving fall lovers an up-close view of Mother Nature's wonder in the North Carolina High Country.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Autumn lovers can now get a front-row ride through the North Carolina mountains to see the beautiful fall foliage with the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

The railroad offers scenic passenger excursions along its 53-mile track through the mountains. The train, which leaves from Bryson City on the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, has been running since 1988. 

The GSMR is currently offering its popular ride along the Nantahala River through the gorge to guests. The ride crosses Fontana Lake into the beautiful Nantahala Gorge. Dining plans are available, or you can pre-purchase a box lunch option. 

Most rides are about four hours long. Anyone interested in purchasing tickets should sign up as soon as possible because slots fill up quickly this time of year. 

'Ride With Us'- Excursions

  • Steam Powered: It is of the world’s largest engine class and is one of two remaining in the United States. While enjoying your ride you’ll be surrounded by knowledgeable crew members that will be answering your questions and pointing out important landmarks along the way. 
  • Nantahala Gorge Excursion: The historic trellis bridge Fontana Trestle takes you across Fontana Lake and into the beautiful Nantahala Gorge.
  • Tuckasegee River Excursion: This ride is through the countryside to small-town life in western North Carolina on the Tuckasegee River Excursion. It is a 4-hour excursion, passing by the famous movie set of The Fugitive starring Harrison Ford! 

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