Fall is right around the corner and a lot of people like to go for a drive in the country to see all the gorgeous foliage colors. But how much can you really enjoy the view while you are driving? Here’s an idea. How about taking a day trip on the Blue Ridge Railway where everyone can sit back and relax and enjoy the view of the countryside rolling by? The trip on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway starts at the historic depot in downtown Blue Ridge, Georgia. The train winds along the beautiful Toccoa River on a three-and-a-half-hour, twenty-six mile round trip with stops in the twin border towns of McCaysville, Georgia and Copperhill, Tennessee. There is a one and a half hour layover to give adventurers time to explore. The train’s final destination is McCaysville, Georgia, but walk across the “Blue Line” on the street and you are instantly transported to Copperhill, Tennessee!
The view from the train cars change with the seasons – wildflowers and mountain laurel in the spring, rhododendron in the summer, and a ride with Santa and his elves for Christmas. Combined packages are available in the summer months for visitors to take a refreshing white water trip or, if you are not that adventurous, you can just laze on down the river in an inner tube.
Blue Ridge Scenic Railway’s Easter Egg-spress
In early spring, Blue Ridge Scenic Railway runs the Easter Egg-spress where children can ride the rails with the Easter Bunny. There is no stop or layover in McCaysville.
Blue Ridge Scenic Railway’s Lazy Days of Summer Mild or White Water Adventure
White water rafting or tubing are available on Saturday and Sunday only during the spring months. Ride the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway to McCaysville, where you will be dropped off at Rolling Thunder. At Rolling Thunder, you can decide to take a lazy float on a colorful inner tube down the beautiful Toccoa River or if you are feeling adventurous you may choose to raft the wild action-packed Olympic class waters of the Ocoee River. (Transportation back to Blue Ridge is included in the water packages.)
Blue Ridge Scenic Railway’s Twilight Trip
In early fall (usually in September) the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway offers a special “Twilight Evening”. The special departure time from Blue Ridge is 4:30 p.m. with return at 8:30 p.m.
Blue Ridge Scenic Railway’s Pumpkin Pickin’ Special
Toward the end of October, the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway has a “Pumpkin Pickin’ Special”. Special departure times are at 1:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to Farmer Brown’s field where you can pick out your very own pumpkin.
Blue Ridge Scenic Railway’s Trip to the “North Pole” on the Santa Express
Take the whole family on a fun-filled adventure on the Santa Express Train and celebrate the holidays Polar Express style along with Santa. These festive train rides are a great way to get into the holiday spirit with Christmas stories being told, Christmas carols being sung with elves and a visit with the big man himself, Santa. Seats are limited and advance reservations are required. Be sure to make those advanced reservations way in advance as this ride sells out very quickly. These trips are 2 hours and 15 minutes. There is no stop or layover in McCaysville.
Blue Ridge Scenic Railway’s Santa Village Night Trips
For those of us who are still enjoy the sights and sounds of Christmas, but don’t necessarily need to see the big jolly old elf, there are night trips on the train to Santa’s Village. There is a one-and-a-half-hour layover at Santa’s Village in Copperhill, TN where you can enjoy all nighttime the holiday festivities.
Blue Ridge Scenic Railway Fares and Info
The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway runs from March through December on weekends until June 13th, and then daily through July. In the peak month of October, trips are daily beginning on October 3rd. Train fare varies season-to-season. Check the website listed under “source” at the end of this article to view the most recent costs, package deals and specials or call 1-877-413-TRAIN.
Blue Ridge Scenic Railway