More info: The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad is a freight and heritage railroad in Bryson City, North Carolina, United States and is currently owned and operated by American Heritage Railways, Inc. The railroad operates excursions on the former Southern Railway branch line between Bryson City and Dillsboro, North Carolina.
The scenic journeys pass through the North Carolina mountains along Nantahala and Tuckasegee Rivers, across valleys and through tunnels. All of the train rides depart from the depot in downtown Bryson City (near Cherokee). There are a variety of trips and special event trains including the Polar Express.