Tweetsie Railroad, 4.2 mi. n. on US 321, is a Western theme park incorporating a restored narrow-gauge, coal-fired steam locomotive that once ran from Boone, N.C. to Johnson City, Tenn. Fond of the train's whistle, area residents coined the unusual name. Today's passengers experience mock robberies during the train ride. The railroad town has an 1880s general store, a blacksmith shop and jail.
Live musical shows are presented regularly. A chairlift runs to a re-created mining town, where kids can pan for gold, visit the animal petting area or board a small train for a trip to Mouse Mine No. 9. Amusement rides also are offered. The park's location offers scenic views of the surrounding area.
Food is available. Time: Allow 2 hours minimum.
Hours: Daily 9-6, Memorial Day through mid-Aug. (also 6-9 p.m. on July 4 and Sat. in July); Fri.-Sun. 9-6, mid-Apr. through day before Memorial Day and mid-Aug. through Oct. 31 (also Fri.-Sat. 7:30-11 p.m., late Sept.-Oct. 31 for Ghost Train Halloween Festival).