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Discover the Charm of the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

Thursday, April 25, 2024   /   by Holly Nelson

Discover the Charm of the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

Discover the Charm of the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

Nestled in the picturesque town of Blue Ridge, Georgia, the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway offers a unique and memorable experience for visitors of all ages. This historic railway, which began operation over a century ago, is not just a train ride—it's a journey into the heart of North Georgia's stunning natural beauty and rich history.
A Journey Through Time and Nature
The journey begins at the historic depot in downtown Blue Ridge, a charming town known for its vibrant arts scene and friendly atmosphere. As you board the vintage train cars, you'll feel as though you've stepped back in time. The train, powered by either a diesel or steam locomotive, winds along the Toccoa River through lush forests and Appalachian foothills, offering breathtaking views and a peaceful escape from the modern world.
The Route
The 26-mile round trip takes approximately 4 hours, making a stop at the quaint sister towns of McCaysville, Georgia and Copperhill, Tennessee. This allows passengers to disembark, explore these small towns, enjoy lunch, and shop for local crafts before the return trip. The route showcases the natural beauty of the area, with ample opportunities to capture stunning photographs of the scenic landscapes.
Seasonal Specials
The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway is famous for its seasonal rides, which provide a festive experience for families and groups. The Fall Foliage Tour is a popular choice, offering a view of the vibrant autumn colors that blanket the mountainside. During the winter months, the Santa Express and the New Year's Eve rides add a magical touch to holiday celebrations, complete with decorations, music, and appearances from Santa Claus himself.
Educational and Fun
The ride is not only scenic but also educational. Along the way, knowledgeable conductors share stories about the railway's history and the surrounding region, making it an enriching experience for history buffs and curious minds alike. Children and adults can learn about the early days of railroading in America and the pivotal role these trains played in the development of rural Appalachian communities.
A Must-Visit Attraction
The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway is more than just a train ride; it's an integral part of the Blue Ridge community and a gateway to experiencing the genuine spirit of North Georgia. Whether you're a rail enthusiast, a nature lover, or simply looking for a delightful way to spend a day, the railway promises an unforgettable experience.
Plan Your Visit: Tickets can be purchased online or at the depot, and it's advisable to book in advance during the peak tourist seasons, especially for the special themed rides. Whether it's the lush green of summer, the golden hues of fall, or the festive air of winter, each season offers a unique way to experience the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway.   
Embark on a journey with the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway and discover the enchanting beauty of North Georgia—where every turn tells a story, and every ride leaves a lasting impression.
The Holly Nelson Team | Engel & Völkers North Georgia Mountains
Holly Nelson
1095 Windy Ridge RD, Suite C
Blue Ridge, GA 30513
706-455-7400

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