Great Smoky Mountain Railroad

Bryson Train ride

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

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Longest Swinging Bridge in America

Swinging bridges have long been used in the Appalachian Mountains for folks to get from one mountain to another in the shortest amount of time. These bridges are made of steel cable, wood, rock, and a lot of sweat. The fun thing about a swinging bridge is that they really do swing, and while completely safe to cross, they are a bit scary.

At Foxfire Mountain you can cross the longest swinging bridge in swinging bridge foxfireAmerica.  This bridge goes from the base camp at Foxfire Mountain across Dunn’s Gorge to Prosperity Mountain. The bridge, known as America’s Bridge to Prosperity, is 4 feet wide and over 400 feet long (one and a third times the distance from goal post to goal post across a football field).

The Bridge Adventure at Foxfire Mountain includes the Bridge to Prosperity followed by a covered walking bridge, where you can hang a wish to blow in the winds of prosperity.   Hidden in the trees is a new tree canopy walk, a series of rope bridges strung through the trees. Hike your way up to the Lost Mine Falls and cool off in the mists below. Watch as other guests zip overhead.  The trail also leads to the smaller Cliffhanger Swinging Bridge which is only 30 ft. long but goes over the top of the falls, so you can peer 60 feet below into the pooling water. The entire bridge experience takes about one hour.

The street address is Foxfire Mountain, 3757 Thomas Lane, Sevierville, TN 37876.  The web address is  This article was taken from their website.

Gatlinburg has now built a swinging bridge which is even longer than this one.