The Great Smokies by Train: Day Trips in Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee
Ride historic rails across scenic mountains and learn about three great Southern cities as you discover Appalachian culture, Cherokee heritage, traditional music and regional cuisine.
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Program No. 21267RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Capture scenic views and learn about Appalachian culture aboard three trains in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains. Hear stories from the area’s long history, particularly those of the development and early influence of the railroad. Enjoy a delightful encounter with Great Smokies heritage as presented by a musician performing tunes of southern Appalachia, and learn about Cherokee Indian life in the “enchanted land” centuries ago.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Some walking and standing on field trips. Diesel engine train and coach transfers.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Take a winding train ride along the beautiful Toccoa River, with stops in the quaint sister towns of McCaysville, Georgia and Copperhill, Tennessee.
  • Ride the original railroad line in Chattanooga, crossing four bridges and passing through the pre-Civil War Missionary Ridge Tunnel.
  • Tap your toes to the music of the Cherokee and to performances by a songwriter and musician specializing in southern Appalachian music.
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Lee Knight
Raised in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York, Lee is a folk singer, story teller and outdoor leader, performing at concerts, workshops, festivals and schools. He shares his knowledge of the natural world leading hikes, canoe trips and guiding whitewater rafts. Lee has collected and shares Cherokee legends and plays the Cherokee flute and rattle, as well as the Native American drum. He also plays the five-string banjo, guitars and the Appalachian dulcimer.
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Maury Nicely
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Carol Burton
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Lee Knight
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Justin Strickland
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Carole Cloonan
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