Hurry before they sell out!

By Meghan Overdeep

This is one trip you won't want to miss.

On March 24, the Watauga Valley Railroad Historical Society and Museum is sponsoring its annual Spring Excursion, and this year it's an epic, one-day-only train ride through the Great Smoky Mountains on parts of the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad that haven't been traversed since 1891.

The journey will take you from Dillsboro through Bryson City and the Nantahala Gorge, across the beautiful countryside of western North Carolina, over bridges, through forests, and alongside rivers on the old 1891 Murphy Branch line.

The 11-hour journey will depart from Johnson City, Tennessee at 9:15 am. Passenger pick-ups are also scheduled in Greeneville, Tennessee, Morristown, Tennessee and Asheville North Carolina. The train will stop at Ryan's Buffet in Sylva, North Carolina, for lunch and in Dillsboro, where passengers can hop off and explore the town.

Tickets start at $85 for adults and $69 for kids, while Crown Class seats cost $97 for adults and $79 for kids. First class tickets, which include dinner, are also available for passengers over 21 for $156.

You can learn more and purchase tickets on Watauga Valley Railroad Historical Society and Museum here.