BLUE RIDGE SCENIC RAILWAY, BLUE RIDGE GEORGIA
The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway leaves from the old depot in downtown historic Blue Ridge. The train chugs along the scenic Toccoa River to the picturesque downtown of McCaysville, Georgia. Walk across the Blue Line on the street and you will be in Copperhill, Tennessee. The train ride is a 3 1/2 hour 26 mile round trip, with a 1 1/2 hour stopover to shop, eat and explore.
The Blue Ridge train runs from March through December, on weekends until June 13th. Then the Blue Ridge scenic railway runs daily through July. During the leaf season of October, daily trips begin in early October. For additional information, call 1-800-934-1898 . Make reservations for the special events as they do get reserved quickly.
Cab Rides available for all 11:00am trips.
Mild and Wild Water Adventure trips most days.
July 14-22 - New this year. Christmas in July! Ride and visit with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus who will be vacationing in Blue Ridge.
Three trips from Blue Ridge into Tennessee provide a rare look at one of the most unique stretches of track in America. The train will take you past McCaysville and Copperhill, deep into the untouched wilderness of the Cherokee National Forest. At the famous Hiwassee Loop, the track circles Bald Mountain one and three-quarter times as it descends into the Hiwassee River Gorge, creating a situation where a train that is long enough actually crosses over itself. This is one of only three places in the US where this happens.
Dates for the Hiwassee Loop Trips are:
Aug 20, Mon 11am, one way rail trip to Gee Creek State Park near Etowah, TN, to position train for a Charter trip the next day. No return transportation provided by the railroad. Rail fare is $65.00 Ad/Sr and $55 Ch.
Sep 8, Sat 11am, Round trip to Applachia Siding (about 2 miles beyond Hiwassee Loop) and return to Blue Ridge about 630pm. Rail Fare $65.00 Ad/Sr and $55 Ch.
Sep 11, Tue 11am, Round trip to Applachia Siding (about 2 miles beyond Hiwassee Loop) and return to Blue Ridge about 630pm. Rail Fare $65.00 Ad/Sr and $55 Ch.
Box lunch included in Rail fare. There will be no layover at McCaysville/Copperhill.
August 20 and September 11 - one-way trip to the Hiawassee Loop. Transportation not provided for the trip back on August 20.
September 8 - round trip around Hiawassee Loop.
October 28 - PUMPKIN PICKIN SPECIAL Trips at 1pm, 2:30pm and 4pm.
It's never too early to reserve for October and the Santa Trips!
THE CHRISTMAS EXPRESS
November 28, 29,and 30;
December 6, 7, 13 thru 16 and 18 thru 23(see schedule for times of departure on these days)
The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway celebrates the holidays with The Christmas Express for festive, fun-filled train rides. Passengers will be treated to holiday refreshments at the depot before boarding. On board, they will hear Christmas stories, sing Christmas carols with elves, and visit with the North Pole's jolliest elf himself during the ride.
Seats are limited: Advance reservations are required. For tickets or more information, call: 1-800-934-1898
These trips are 2 hours and 15 minutes; there is no stop or layover in McCaysville.
Ride the Blue Ridge Railway for a fun-filled and scenic train ride on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway through the North Georgia Mountains as the train follows the tracks along the river banks of the Toccoa River from Blue Ridge, Georgia to Copperhill, Tennessee. The Blue Ridge Railway runs March through December for spectacular views through the beautiful North Georgia Blue Ridge Mountains. In the summer, a special package is available that includes the train ride that is combined with river rafting on the Ocoee River. In spring, when you ride the Blue Ridge train, you can enjoy Appalachian Spring in all its beauty with dogwoods and redbuds in full bloom. In late spring, the rhododendrons and laurels will offer their beauty to the North Georgia Mountains. In fall, the leaf colors are dazzling with breathtaking beauty.
In December, ride the Christmas Express Train to celebrate the holidays Polar Express style along with a visit to the North Pole with Santa. This is a wonderful family celebration event and well worth making reservations way in advance. The Christmas train ride is very popular. In addition this year, Christmas in July can be celebrated on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad. Take a ride with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus who will be vacationing in the North Georgia Mountains.
Tickets and Information:
The train depot location is at 241 Depot Street in the middle of downtown Blue Ridge, Georgia.
The Blue Ridge train route chugs a 26-mile round trip along the beautiful Toccoa River in open air railroad cars or climate controlled train cars. This Blue Ridge scenic passenger railroad was built over 100 years ago.
Each Blue Ridge train trip which begins at the train depot in Blue Ridge, Georgia will include a stop in McCaysville which will allow passengers to get off the train for one and a half hours to explore the towns, eat lunch, eat ice cream, shop for antiques, local crafts and souvenirs in McCaysville, Georgia and adjacent sister town, Copperhill, Tennessee. The round trip will take approximately 3 1/2 hours.