There's an unmatched sense of peace provoked by a tranquil train ride through vast mountains and trees. It's almost as if your own world has slowed down as you watch the rest of it rush on by. One train ride in Georgia is so scenic that you can take a tour just to feast your eyes on the immersive fall foliage of the Southeast.

Founded in the late 1800s, the vintage Blue Ridge Scenic Railway once played a crucial role in the mining, tourism, and timber industries. Today, it operates as a leisure-focused train track that takes passengers on interactive strolls through North Georgia's rolling hills.

The railway offers several seasonal packages and it's almost time for the Fall Foliage tour, which will be available starting September 24 through October 8.

On this picturesque ride, you'll get an eye-full of the vibrant array of colors that blanket the tree-covered Blue Ridge mountains in autumn.

The train departs from the historic depot in downtown Blue Ridge and journeys 26 miles through the Appalachian foothills along the North Georgia countryside.

As you loop through the mountainous slopes and look through the window, you can gawk at the forested terrain patterned with warm hues of red, orange, and yellow.

You'll travel along the Toccoa River, passing through the charming towns of McCaysville, Georgia and Copperhill, Tennessee on the state lines. 

Passengers will have the chance to explore these quaint destinations and even stand in the two states simultaneously during a two-hour layover before climbing aboard to return to the depot.

Toccoa-Ocoee Street is a huge hit during the pit-stop, offering fantastic eats, antiques, and art.

Be sure to keep your eyes peeled on the website because the railway has additional adventures also on the horizon, including Christmas and winter-themed trips.

Fall Foliage Train Ride On Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

Price: $57 for adults ($48.45 for group rate)

When: Sept. 26 through Oct. 8

Address: 241 Depot St., Blue Ridge, GA

Why You Need To Go: Experience both beauty and zen as you glide through the bright fall colors that paint the North Georgia mountains.


Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your trip.


 

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