Once a year, the Watauga Valley Railroad Historical Society and Museum sponsors a special event called Spring Excursion. This year it’s being held on March 24 and involves a train ride through the Great Smoky Mountains that will last the whole day. This isn’t just any old train ride, though. The excursion will take passengers for a ride on parts of the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad that haven’t been used since 1891.
The journey will take place on the old 1891 Murphy Branch line and will take guests from Johnson City, Tennessee through Dillsboro, Bryson City, the Nantahala Gorge and more! Along the way, the train will also pick up passengers in Greeneville, Tennessee, Morristown, Tennessee and Asheville, North Carolina.
It’s not just the scenery that guests will get to experience, but the local cuisine and culture as well. You’ll be able to enjoy lunch at Ryan’s Buffet in Sylva, North Carolina and explore the town of Dillsboro where you can pick up something to remember the trip by.
Regular tickets, crown class tickets, and first class tickets are all available for varying prices.