Early in the century, the railway played a major part of the story of the development of the region.

Today, the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad provides visitors a way to explore the mountains and enjoy the natural beauty of Western North Carolina.

Resort Day Trips

In season, Sapphire Valley Resort offers trips to the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad! The Railroad offers a variety of scenic, round-trip excursions departing from Bryson City. Trips range from 3 ½ hours to a full day of fun and adventure.  For current trip info, [View the Daily Trips/Classes Page]

Call the Community Center at 828-743-7663 for reservation information.