Updated: July 27, 2020
Tweetsie Railroad has received notification from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services that we are not permitted to run the train. Thus, we have no choice but to close the park and cancel upcoming special events, including K-9s in Flight, Railroad Heritage Weekend, and Ghost Train. When parks like ours are cleared to open in North Carolina, we will reevaluate the possibility of welcoming guests back to Tweetsie Railroad and hosting Tweetsie Christmas.
Tweetsie Railroad – one of North Carolina’s oldest and beloved family traditions – will soon welcome guests to the Wild West Train Ride, Main Street and Junction Stores on a limited, weekend-only schedule.
The park opened last week with Golden Rail Season Pass Holders Priority Weekend. Season Pass Holders have the first chance to reserve a train ride then any remaining tickets will be available for purchase by the general public.
“We are opening with train ride only, just as we did in July 1957,” said Cathy Robbins, director of marketing for Tweetsie Railroad. “The park will look a little different this year, but that is to keep both our patrons and our staff safe and healthy. We hope our family-friendly tradition in the mountains will bring families some much needed joy in a safe and clean environment.”
Tweetsie Railroad is following North Carolina state and federal CDC regulations. All guests, who are 11-years-old and up, are required by state law to wear face coverings and will be asked to keep six feet apart from other guests. The park has instituted additional cleaning and sanitizing procedures throughout the facilities.
With safety as the top priority, Tweetsie Railroad has made many changes to the park, including:
- Limited hours of operation Friday - Sunday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Guests will have access to Main Street stores and The Wild West Train Ride on one of the park’s historic steam engines.
- The capacity of the open-air train cars will be limited to 50% of normal capacity, and groups will leave a seat between to ensure social distancing.
- With reduced capacity, Guests will reserve train ride tickets for specific times. Reservations can be made by calling the Ticket Office 877-893-3874.
- Daily ticket prices will be reduced to $10 per adult and $7 per child (age 3-12). Children 2 and under will continue to be admitted free. No discounts will be offered with this reduced admission.
- For future weekends, tickets will be sold a maximum of seven days in advance to be able to adapt to changing conditions.
More information about opening details and all updates can be found at www.tweetsie.com