While you’re trying your luck rock hunting and gold panning at the ruby and sapphire gem mines around Franklin why not stop in Dillsboro and reward your loved ones with some fun-packed train rides on the romantic Great Smoky Mountains Railroad?
Scenic Tuckasegee River Excursion – departs daily from Dillsboro at 1 PM. Here is the custom Google Map with the Depot and some of the gem mines
See the remnants of the colossal train wreck scene from “The Fugitive” and experience complete darkness through the historic 836-foot Cowee Tunnel, dug by hand with only pickaxes and shovels. Lose your gaze in the blue Lake Fontana waters stemming from a 480-foot dam built in the 1940s where scores of settlers and Native Americans, such as the Cherokee martyr Tsali, are buried beneath the lake. Hold your breath as you pass over the rugged Nantahala Gorge the “Land of the Noonday Sun” and finally enjoy a one hour layover at the Nantahala River Depot, home to NOC, a famous water sports and recreation adventure extravaganza.
Train Ride Prices and Seating
Coach or Open Car seating: July through December (except October): adults $49, children (2-12) $29. October: adults $53, children $31. Upgrade seating to Crown Coach (air conditioned) or Club Car it’s available for extra $12 and $20 respectively. See website for details.
There is an extra $4 parking fee and $6 cancellation fee per seat with advanced notice (no refund is allowed within 24 hour of departure).
Food: $9 deli-style sandwiches or $8.50 hot dog combos (chips, cookie, and beverage in a souvenir cup).Child servings available for about $3 less.
Fun Themed Train Rides Just for Kids – Tip! book online 7 days in advance to get more discounts and even free tickets!
• July 31 – August 3 – A 25 minutes ride on Thomas the Tank Train. Meet Sir Topham Hat, have fun building with Lego, listen to live music and stories. Train departs from Dillsboro every 45 minutes from 9 AM till 3:15 PM Thu and Fri (4 PM Sat and Sun). Tickets: Tickets: $18 per person ages 2 years and up (includes parking and shuttle).
• October weekends 10-12, 17-19 and 24-26 – Trick or treat with Charlie Brown, Lucy and Snoopy on the Peanuts The Great Pumpkin Patch. Select your own pumpkin and enjoy hayrides, storytelling, a bouncy house, petting zoo and much more. Departs Dillsboro at 3:30 PM on Fri and 1:30 PM and 5 PM Sat and Sun. Tickets: $53 adult, $31 children over 2. Ticket sales are final; rides are on rain or shine.
• November 9 – December 23 – Experience the magic of The Polar Express, meet Santa and treat yourself to hot cocoa and special treats. Kids are encouraged to wear pajamas. Departs Bryson City. Tickets $38 adults, $26 children over 2. The Polar Express Dining Trains adds a 3 course meal on-board and departs from Dillsboro. Tickets $61 adults, $36 Children over 2 and $13 children under 2 (no meal).
For reservations call (800)-872-4681 enter code A2 or go online.
As you wait for the train ride to start have a laugh watching the cute train model layout based on Thomas the Tank Engine characters.
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