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Tweetsie Railroad - A Wild West Theme Park Adventure

Since 1957, Tweetsie Railroad has been creating memories and offering a family friendly Wild West adventure. An interactive experience of music, entertainment, and tradition rich in American history, Tweetsie Railroad will be just what you've come to expect -- fun for the whole family.
North Carolina's first theme park features live shows, amusement rides, the Deer Park Zoo, an unforgettable three-mile adventure with historic steam locomotives, and more. Hop on board for Tweetsie Railroad's Wild West adventure!

Family-friendly Theme Park Fun

Looking for the perfect mix of adventure,  classic family fun, and cool mountain air? Tweetsie Railroad, nestled in the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains, is just the place! Families can escape the summer heat with mountain temperatures averaging 10 degrees cooler and children of all ages can let their imaginations run wild becoming cowboys, sheriffs, and engineers during a ride on our famous (and historic) steam locomotives.

Tweetsie Railroad as a Tradition

Tweetsie Railroad is an American treasure brimming with Wild West nostalgia and classic family fun. For 60 years, families have experienced more than just the sound of train whistles and the thrill of the three-mile ride behind historic steam locomotives. They discover the spirit of the park that captures hearts and creates lifelong memories. 

Engine No. 12 Turns 100

Locomotive No. 12 is the last surviving narrow-gauge steam locomotive of the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railroad (ET&WNC), which ran train service from Johnson City, Tennessee to Boone, North Carolina from 1919 to 1940. When Tweetsie Railroad opened in 1957, this was its sole locomotive. Locomotive No. 12 was built in 1917, and is a part of the National Historic Register.

60th Anniversary Celebration

Tweetsie Railroad will commemorate its 60th anniversary in 2017. Only July 4, 1957, Tweetsie Railroad opened at her new location just a few miles away from the old East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railroad (ET&WNC) station in Boone. People came from all over the South to take a one-mile trip to a picnic area and then back up to the station. In the following years, Tweetsie Railroad evolved from an excursion railroad into North Carolina's first theme park. 

Celebrate America's Stars and Stripes

Courtesy of the red, white and blue, Tweetsie Railroad invites guests to North Carolina’s first theme park. This American icon, which opened July 4, 1957, will light up the Blue Ridge Mountain sky during its annual July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza. 2017 will feature the park’s largest-ever fireworks show.
With the park open until 9:00 p.m. on July 4, guests will enjoy entertainment and rides on Tweetsie Railroad’s famed steam locomotives into the early evening. At 9:30 p.m., more than 200 large-caliber pyrotechnic mortar shells will burst with brilliant colors and light up the High Country sky.

Spectacular Fall Foliage

Visit Tweetsie Railroad this fall to take in the colorful landscape, crisp mountain air and kaleidoscope of colors during peak leaf season in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Enjoy leaf looking while onboard a train pulled by one of Tweetsie Railroad’s legendary steam locomotives for a scenic three-mile Wild West adventure, and spend time experiencing the theme park’s many rides, shows, and attractions in the cool fall weather.

Tweetsie Railroad's Ghost Train®

Thrills and chills await you at Tweetsie Railroad’s Ghost Train®, the High Country’s most popular Halloween celebration. Named one of the “Top 20 Events in the Southeast” by the Southeast Tourism Society, Ghost Train offers family-friendly frights and haunting entertainment for visitors of all ages. Take a spooky ride on the haunted steam locomotive, go trick-or-treating, stroll through the Freaky Forest and more during this delightfully frightful event. Ghost Train has plenty of safe and scary entertainment for the whole family.

Tweetsie Christmas

The High Country's new holiday tradition is here! Celebrate the joy of the holiday season when Tweetsie Railroad transforms into a winter wonderland for Tweetsie Christmas. Enjoy a train ride through the twinkling lights, visits with Santa, Christmas shows, caroling and more. You can even pick out the perfect Christmas tree while you're there!

300 Tweetsie Railroad Lane
Blowing Rock, NC 28605
800.526.5740