Climb aboard, y'all.


Fall is the perfect season to wrangle the kids and enjoy the outdoors before the cold winter hits. What better way to get in the autumn spirit than by hanging out with Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the whole Peanuts gang? Welcome the season by climbing aboard The Great Pumpkin Patch Express. In the quaint town of Bryson City, North Carolina—also known as the gateway into The Great Smoky Mountains National Park—lies The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, where you can take a train ride to Charlie Brown's pumpkin patch.

Instead of just watching It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, experience the fun in real life. This is no ordinary experience: Once you climb aboard, you're transported into a Charlie Brown-themed world. Passengers aboard the train will hear the complete story of It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown while on their way to the pumpkin patch. Trust us, you simply can't beat the views while onboard; the fall foliage within the national park comes alive with vibrancy from mid-October to November. After a colorful train ride to the patch, guests will be greeted by Charlie Brown, Lucy, and Snoopy. The pumpkin patch has a variety of fun activities for the young ones, such as roasting marshmallows, trick-or-treating, and pumpkin picking.

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This spirited excursion takes place every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in October. You can book your seat on the train in crown, coach, or an open-air gondola. Embark on your Charlie Brown journey by getting tickets while you can and make this fall season one to remember. As if the holiday season could get any better, The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad continues the merriness of the season by offering a real life The Polar Express train ride, where guests get to sip on hot cocoa, read the notable holiday story, and soon arrive at The North Pole.