Board These 5 Trains In North Carolina For A Memorable Experience

In North Carolina, taking the ‘scenic route’ is always the best option. Between North Carolina’s picturesque mountains, rolling hills and valleys, and babbling streams and rivers, the best way to enjoy the views is to go the old-fashioned route — and take a train. No matter the season, these five scenic train rides in North Carolina will leave you in awe of the unparalleled beauty of the Tar Heel State.

Have you experienced any of these scenic train rides in North Carolina? Tell us about your expedition in the comments! And for a more in-depth look at the wonder that is the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, read our previous post.

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Train Rides in North Carolina

January 20, 2021

What are the best scenic overlooks in North Carolina?

North Carolina has some seriously beautiful overlooks where visitors can take in all those quintessential Carolina views:

  • Mt. Mitchell is absolutely stunning; it's the highest peak East of the Mississippi, and on a clear day, you can see for miles.
  • Hanging Rock State Park is also particularly beautiful, but if you're wary of heights, this overlook's steep drop-off might leave you feeling some major vertigo!

What are some beautiful road trips in North Carolina?

The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the most beautiful road trips in North Carolina. From straddling you over mountainous peaks to weaving you through some of the best natural scenery the state has to offer, Blue Ridge Parkway offers some of the best views in the state. We also love the drive along the Cherohala Skyway. This entire drive is a scenic experience in and of itself, but some must-stop by destinations include Little Huckleberry Knob, Hooper’s Bald, Laurel Top and John’s Knob -- which are also some of the oldest mountains in the Appalachian range. Of course, when you start your journey outside of Robbinsville, take time to stop at the overlook above Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest.

Does North Carolina have any railroad museums?

  • Locomotive lovers of all ages will totally geek out at the N.C Transportation Museum, a hands-on history lesson on everything that gets us from point A to point B. History buffs will love the experience of the antique diesel engine. Throughout the year, there are also specialty train rides (like the popular Thomas the Train) and also trains that visit the museum.