Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Packages

Looking for that special adventure in Western North Carolina for the entire family?  Join Wildwater and the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad in Bryson City, North Carolina for a full day adventure including lunch.  Take a train ride up the Nantahala River Gorge and combine with whitewater rafting on the Nantahala River, a zipline canopy tour in Nantahala Gorge and/or a Jeep® tour.  All Train adventures start at the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad Depot in Bryson City.

Some families all ride the train together then split up to do other activities in the Nantahala Gorge.

Details & Requirements

Minimum Age: Minimum 10 years & 70 lbs., max. 250 lbs. for Canopy Tour: Minimum 7 years & 60 lbs. for Rafting

Intensity Level:  No previous experience needed.  Fully guided Trips & Tours

Trip Length: Approximately 6 hours for full day trips

Equipment Furnished:  All necessary equipment provided

Facilities: Changing rooms, bathrooms and showers, river store, picnic area, Canopy Tour, free Wi-Fi, Group Lodge and rental Yurts.


Train Only– Adult $51   Youth 12 & under $29  (higher in October)

Raft & Rail– Adult $109.68*   Youth 12 & under $92.00*

Rail & Trail– Adult $109.68*  Youth 12 & under $92.00*

Tarzan Train Zip & Rail–   Adult $129.68*  Youth 12 and under $109.00*  (must be 10 years old or older)

*Plus taxes and fees

Visit our Nantahala Pricing page to find prices for all Nantahala activities.


Wildwater Nantahala Lodging
Yurt Village– Queen bed, Futon, sleeps 4, separate bathhouse
Group Lodge -Bunk lodging, group kitchen & bath house, great for groups

Lodging Partners
Nantahala Village – Bryson City, NC (800) 438-1507
Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center – Lake Junaluska, NC (800) 222-4930

Other Nantahala Area Lodging

Location & Directions

Great Smoky Mountain Railroad Depot
Bryson City – exit #67 off US Hwy 74
45 Mitchell Street
Bryson City, NC  28713

Wildwater Nantahala
10345 Highway 19 South/74 West
Bryson City, NC 28713
Reservations #: 866-319-8870
Local #: 828-488-2384GPS Coordinates: 35 20′ 36 N 083 33′ 39 W

Yurt Village, Group Lodge & Canopy Tours
10320 US 19 W
Bryson City, NC 28713Wildwater Nantahala, Yurt Village, Group Lodge & Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tours are located on Hwy. 74 West, 12 miles Southwest of Bryson City, North Carolina. We recommend Hwy. 74/23 versus Hwy. 19 for time and better roads. Please check your map to confirm driving routes.

***Internet mapping and car GPS systems often give poor directions in the mountains.  Please have a copy of our directions as your primary source or as a backup.

Nantahala Directions

Wildwater Raft & Rail®

Spend a beautiful day in the Nantahala Gorge with Wildwater and the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad.  You’ll begin your trip in Bryson City, NC at the train depot, with a 2 hour railroad excursion including crossing the Fontana Lake Trestle and into the Nantahala Gorge.  As you travel on the train, watch paddlers challenge the rapids you will soon be rafting.

At the top-of-the-line, you will disembark the train and travel a short distance to the launch site.

After a paddling orientation your group will raft the entire 8 miles of the Nantahala River on our Fully Guided raft trip.  A picnic lunch is included, as well as changing facilities with hot showers and transportation back to your car at the train depot.

Rails & Trails  (meets in Bryson City)

steam_train_jeep2_smallEnjoy this 7 hour trip combining the Great Smoky Mountains Railroads trip with the Waterfall Jeep® tour.  You’ll begin your trip in Bryson City, NC, with a 2 hour railroad excursion over Fontana Lake and into the Nantahala Gorge.  As you travel on the train, watch paddlers challenge the rapids.  At the top-of-the-line disembark from the train and climb aboard our customized Jeep® for a personal exploration up the mountain, past waterfalls and lakes, up to the Appalachian Trail and back.  A picnic Lunch is included.

Nantahala Tarzan Train

Our train and canopy combo trip will start in Bryson City at the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad train depot.  You will ride through the Smoky Mountains, along Fontana Lake and up into the Nantahala Gorge.  On your 2 hour train ride, watch paddlers challenge the rapids on the Nantahala River.

Enjoy lunch on the train.  At the top-of-the-line, you will disembark the train then travel to Wildwater’s Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tours.

After enjoying a fully guided tour with 13 ziplines and 8 sky-bridges, including spectacular views of the smoky mountains and Lake Fontana, check out your photos and buy a t-shirt in our store.  Your adventure will end later in the afternoon back at your car in Bryson City.  All transportation is included.

Members of your group and escorted young children who do not want to go on the canopy tour can remain in the train, meeting up with the group later on in the afternoon. *The train only trip ends 2-2 ½ hours before the train and canopy combo trip gets back to Bryson City.

Take a ride along side the beautiful Nantahala River on the GSMR Nantahala Gorge Excursion!  Departing from Bryson City, this four-and-a-half hour excursion carries you 44 miles to the Nantahala Gorge and back again.  Enjoy Bluegrass music and Appalachian stories while traveling along the Tennessee and Nantahala Rivers.  The historic Trellis Bridge takes you across Fontana Lake and into the beautiful Nantahala Gorge.  There is a one-hour layover where you can relax by the river or enjoy sight-seeing.

This separate train only ticket is often booked by group members who want to enjoy the Great Smoky Mountain Railway excursion with their friends or family who are combining the train with rafting or ziplining.   Friends and family on the Raft & Rail or the Rail and Zip will get off halfway through the tour, you can meet up later in town.