Ride Through the Great Smoky Mountains During Peak Fall Foliage With This Railroad Experience

Ride Through the Great Smoky Mountains During Peak Fall Foliage With This Railroad Experience

This article originally appeared Travel+Leisure.

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Nothing says autumn quite like admiring the red, yellow, and orange hues of the changing leaves. And this November, fall foliage fanatics can embark on a special train journey through the Great Smoky Mountains with prime views of the colorful trees.

The Watauga Valley Railroad Historical Society and Museum has organized a one-time event on Nov. 1 that will take guests along the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad through the mountains and picturesque countryside of North Carolina. The excursion will start in Bryson City, North Carolina, before making its way to Nantahala Gorge and then back to Bryson.

The trip covers most of the current operating trackage of the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. The route hugs the banks of the Little Tennessee and Nantahala rivers, and crosses Fontana Lake on a trestle standing 100 feet above the water. All the while, guests can look out their windows to take in the view.

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