Undoubtedly one of the most popular tourist attractions in the north Georgia mountains is a half-day excursion on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway. With twice-daily trips from Blue Ridge to McCaysville, the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway operates over 13 miles (a 26-mile round trip) of a former Louisville & Nashville branch rail line, most of which follows the picturesque Toccoa River. A combination of railroad nostalgia and breathtaking scenery afforded by the trip though the Blue Ridge Mountains has helped Blue Ridge, McCaysville and Fannin County in general grow from a small, tight-knit mountain community just twenty years ago to a full-fledged tourist destination today.
When you ride the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway you will be able to choose to ride in either an authentic indoor car or an open rail car. At the end of the line is the picturesque town of McCaysville, Georgia, and right next door is it’s sister city, Copperhill, Tennessee. During your two-hour layover you will be able to have lunch or dinner, take a walk across the “Blue Line” that separates Georgia and Tennessee, shop in McCaysville and Copperhill’s local shops and take some FANTASTIC vacation photos. Or you can just sit by the river and feed the ducks, it’s up to you.
The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway runs from March through December and also schedules several custom excursions and holiday trips throughout the year, including The Firecracker Special in July and the Santa Train, which runs during November and December.
For more information or to purchase tickets visit the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway’s website.
Blue Ridge Scenic Railway 2018 Schedule