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Great Smoky Mountain Railroad

Once a lifeline for western North Carolina's remote mountain residents and now one of the most incredible heritage railways east of the Mississippi, the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad has long been outsiders' key to the natural brilliance of the Great Smoky Mountains.

Only 53 miles of the Murphy Line's original route remains in use today, but luckily for the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad's passengers, these tracks are some of the most scenic on the entire railway. Protected National Forest lands surround the line and are home to over 125 species of trees, ranging from umbrella magnolias to short-needle pines. Wild blackberry and blueberry bushes are tucked in amongst the landscape, and thousands of flowering plants burst into life each spring and summer. Guests enjoy views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and their valleys, foothills, and gorges. Perhaps one of the most scenic stretches of the track takes guests across the breathtaking Nantahala Gorge. Glimpses of small mountain towns and rural mountain communities further enhance the route. There are two remaining tunnels and over 25 bridges sprinkled throughout the 53 miles of the track. Over 200,000 guests enjoy this scenery and more annually.

The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad is the ideal choice to see the endless beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge Mountains throughout the year. From the colorful meadows of spring to the fire-hued forests of the fall, this train route is a showcase of Western North Carolina's protected lands.

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Smoky Mountain Rail Adventure
05 Nov 2022
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“Excellent escorted tour. Good balance between free time and scheduled activities. Tour director Joel was very good in attending to all details.
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