The train ride is along side the Nantahala gorge and Fontana Lake. The ride is great weather you are a “TRAIN” lover or just a lover of Nature. Scenery is beautiful. Great trip during October when leaves are changing. Meals in first class are very good according to the reviews.
By the time you get tickets and take the trip, plan on a six hour day. There is a stop over where you can stretch your legs. The train goes from Bryson City to Nantahala Outdoor Center and back. They offer free admission to the train museum afterwards which is cool. Car parking is $5.
The Great Smoky Mountains Railway has launched its steam engine powered train. It is really cool. Departs Bryson for either Nantahala Gorge or Dillsboro.
This is a couple of hours from the cabin. But, could be a nice scenic day trip.
Address – 226 Everett Street, Bryson City, NC 28713
Website – http://www.gsmr.com/