All aboard: Tweetsie Railroad reopens

BLOWING ROCK, N.C. — The train whistles are once again ringing through the Blue Ridge Mountains as Tweetsie Railroad reopens for the 2021 season.

The park is welcoming guests back at 50% capacity following state and federal COVID-19 safety guidelines and regulations. In addition, all guests 5 and older will be required to wear face coverings and tickets must be purchased in advance.

Last summer the park opened briefly during the pandemic with limited capacity but closed six days later after learning it was violating Gov. Cooper’s executive order at the time.

“It’s going to be so good to be open again. Everybody is very excited about it,” Tweetsie Railroad’s President Chris Robbins said. “It was a dreadful year last year, and we’re looking forward to entertaining families and having people back in the park again.”

Special, themed-weekend events are planned for the season as well. Tickets for the popular Day Out With Thomas event are on sale now.

Additional changes at the park this season include:

  • All visitors, including season pass holders, are required to obtain advance tickets for a specific day and train ride time.
  • Indoor dining will be limited but outdoor seating has been expanded.
  • Some attractions will be closed until later in the season, including the Blacksmith Shop and Face Paint on Miner’s Mountain.

For more information on the park’s reopening plan, click here.