If you've never been to the most visited national park in the U.S., you should make a train trip through the Great Smoky Mountains a priority.
The Watauga Valley Railroad Historical Society and Museum will be hosting its annual Spring Excursion one-day-only train ride through the Great Smoky Mountains in March. The ride will cover parts of the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad that have been abandoned since 1891, according to Southern Living.
The 11-hour journey departs from Johnson City, Tennessee, and makes stops in Greeneville and Morristown, Tennessee; and Asheville, North Carolina.
The entire trail, which takes you across some parts of the historic Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, has gorgeous mountain views, including vibrant forests, historic bridges, and rushing rivers. If you’ve ever wondered why Dolly Parton sang about the Smokies so much, this is why.
The March excursion is unfortunately sold out. However, anyone who wishes to keep up to date on future trips can sign up for the Watauga Valley Railroad Historical Society and Museum's mailing list.
And this isn't the only way to see the Smokies by rail. Get more info on available routes and schedules from the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad.