Hop on board The Carolina Shine, an all-adult first class specialty train car and enjoy the smoothest tasting moonshine in the Carolinas along with freshly cooked BBQ with three savory sauces, sides and Moonshiners Mud Chocolate Pie for dessert.
Operating May 22 - Nov.
1 on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad’s (GSMR) Nantahala Gorge excursion, the experience includes a private attendant to serve you sample tastings of famous NASCAR legend, Junior Johnson’s Midnight Moon family of hand-crafted, triple-distilled spirits. Riders will also receive their very own Carolina Shine mason-drinking jar, refillable with soda beverages and tea throughout the day, a Midnight Moon official mason jar shot glass, and a souvenir GSMR tote bag (1 per couple/ party). Moonshine infused cocktails like Copper Cola or Moonshiner’s Mimosa will be available for purchase.
On the 4-1/2-hour excursion across Fontana Lake and along the Nantahala River, enjoy upscale seating and copper-lined walls filled with the history of moonshining in North Carolina. Learn about the proud tradition that the Appalachians established when bootlegging was an acceptable way of life and local home brews were the best in town. Read about Swain County’s very own Major Redmond, the most famous mountain moonshine outlaw of the 19th century.
GSMR is excited to collaborate exclusively with Piedmont Distillers in Madison, NC to feature blackberry, blueberry, cherry, cranberry, strawberry and apple pie moonshine. Each jar is handcrafted and authentically infused with real fruit, the way moonshine was meant to be made. All of the fruit flavor and color comes from the fruit itself, just as nature (and moonshiners) intended. No colors, additives, preservatives or artificial flavors are added to our fruit inclusions.
Tickets for this brand new experience are $98 for Adults (21+) May - Sept and $104 for Adults (21+) during the month of October. Tickets include admission to the Smoky Mountain Trains Museum (a $9 value), featuring one of the largest collections of Lionel Trains in the United States!
For more information and reservations, please call 800-872-4681 or visit GSMR.com. Advance reservations strongly recommended.
*All tickets subject to an additional 7% Historical Preservation Fee and a 6.75% NC sales tax.