Located in, and departing from Bryson City, The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad takes you on a scenic rail excursion along the Nantahala River and through the Nantahala Gorge. This is a 4 1/2 hour excursion totaling 44 miles, making its way through mountain valleys, tunnels and across the Nantahala and Tennesee rivers and over Fontana Lake into the deep river gorge. Along the way you’ll enjoy a 1 hour layover from the Railroad ride at the world famous Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) where you’ll be able to enjoy their great restaurants or just sit by the river and watch the fabulous rafting and kayaking adventures! Great fun for all ages!!