There’s no better place in the entire Southeast to witness the fall metamorphosis than in the mountains of the Tar Heel State. Here, residents and visitors alike have a variety of places to seek out colorful hues sweeping across the landscape including the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Smoky Mountains, and the Cherohala Skyway – all of which belong on your bucket list. But if you want a truly immersive autumn experience deep in the wilds where automobiles aren’t an option, we suggest that you book a ticket for this fall foliage train ride in North Carolina.

Learn more about when the colors are expected to peak in this part of the state, check out the two fall foliage excursions, and book your tickets by visiting the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad website. There is also a Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Facebook page.

Have you ever taken this North Carolina train ride to see the fall foliage? Share your experiences in the comments and then keep reading to learn more things to do in Bryson City!

If you’d like to explore hikes around Bryson City, be sure to check out the AllTrails website.

If you’re still in the mood for more Tar Heel State adventures, take a look at this video about Clingmans Dome:

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Where can we find small towns in North Carolina?

  • Edenton sits right along the Albermarle Sound and offers spectacular views of the Sound as well as this part of the town.
  • Tyron is nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains and features loads of outdoor recreational and equestrian activities.
  • Brevard is a charming little town chock full of shops and restaurants and where “The Hunger Games: was filmed, for film buffs.

Read on to learn more about some of the many other quaint small towns in North Carolina.

Where can we go camping in North Carolina?

  • Warrior Creek Campground in Boomer is a lakeside campground with lots of recreational opportunities.
  • Julian Price Campground in Laurel Springs is unique in that many of the campsites are walk-in only.
  • Arrowhead Campground in New London is open year-round and situated in the Uwharrie National Forest.

Read on to learn more about some of the many other wonderful places to go camping in North Carolina.

Where can we find haunted places in North Carolina?

  • Crybaby Lane in Raleigh is said to be haunted after a tragic fire that killed several children and their ghosts are believed still walk the streets.
  • Devils Tramping Ground in Bear Creek is reported to have paranormal activity that removes any items left in a particular area of the property.
  • The Great Dismal Swamp in the town of the same name was said to be the inspiration for the slave journeys written by novelist Harriet Beecher Stowe.

Read on to learn more about the many haunted places in North Carolina.

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