There was something so romantic about trains in the past, and this experience is guaranteed to serve up some classic nostalgia. Although high-speed rail systems and wi-fi may be taking over, there are still so many scenic gems that are being maintained nationwide to preserve these historic railways, and Georgia is no exception.
The Blue Ridge Railway has been welcoming passengers for a ride through the enchanting landscapes of North Georgia for generations. Starting at the historic depot in downtown Blue Ridge, Georgia, riders take a four-hour, 26-mile roundtrip journey along the Toccoa River through the North Georgia countryside.
There are several packages available throughout the year, from springtime blooms to fall foliage (as well as some holiday magic in December). However, their 4-hour excursion trip is their hottest ticket available from March 5-December 31 annually.
The excursion includes a one hour trip to the quaint sister towns of McCaysville, Georgia and Copperhill, Tennessee, nestled deep in the mountains on each state’s line. You’ll be able to enjoy everything that the towns have to offer during a two-hour layover, before taking the one-hour return trip through the scenic forest and back to the depot in Blue Ridge, Georgia.
Tickets vary depending on age and whether you want Coach or Premier tickets. Make sure to visit their website to book, and check out their other offerings throughout the year.
It doesn’t stop at the enchanting train rides though. The company recently installed Railbikes in collaboration with Freedom Railbikes. Family-sized bike-karts are attached to one of the Blue Ridge Railways, consisting of a 5 ½ mile round-trip adventure by creeks, ponds, vineyards, gorgeous mountain homes and cabins and a covered bridge through tall Georgia pines.
You can find the Blue Ridge Railway at 241 Depot Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513.