The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Bryson City, North Carolina

John Cowgill: Stories of the Railroad


The Great Smoky Mountains, a small mountain range in western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee that is part of the Appalachian Mountain range, is known for its densely foggy weather.  The park is filled with streams and numerous waterfalls, and it is full of wildlife.  Every square inch of this park will leave you in awe.  This is one of many reasons that this national park is one of the most visited parks in the United States.

Just outside the park on the south side is the town of Bryson City, North Carolina, and it is here where you will find the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad.

You arrive at the depot.  You get your ticket and board the train.  You sit down in a vintage coach.  The train leaves the station.  As you look out the window, you see the Tuckasegee River flowing along.  You cross the first trestle looking…

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