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The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway is a great family adventure for kids of all ages and just a short drive north of Atlanta. We decided to check it out this past Father’s Day. What could be more perfect than a big steam engine, mountains, and friends to help Dad celebrate his special day.
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Quick Facts about the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
What: Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
When: Year Round
How: Departs Downtown Blue Ridge, GA Visit Blue Ridge Railway for more information and tickets
Who: Great for families with kids of all ages!
Price: $44 for adults and $29 for kids (2 and up)
Tip: Look for specials! We went for Father’s Day, and Dads rode free!
The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway is located in the heart of main street (downtown Blue Ridge) just a 90 minute drive north of Atlanta (depending on traffic of course). It contains both closed and open cars. We chose the open car so we could be “one with nature” as we zipped through the trees, over the hills, through the corn fields, raced along the Toccoa River.
Riding on a train never gets old, and it’s especially magical when you’re traveling with kids. It’s exciting to be out of your element, riding in a new mode of transportation.
When you make your reservation, I highly recommend booking the Open Air car. It’s the same price but waaay more exciting!
Breathe in all that fresh mountain air and feel the breeze on your hair.
The rails are at a good height—safe for jumpy toddlers.
Departing from downtown historic Blue Ridge daily, the train takes you on a four hour excursion. It’s about an hour ride out to the quaint town of Copperhill, TN. You’re given about 2 hours to where you can walk around, look at the shops and grab a bite to eat. Then it’s “all aboard” for the (1 hour) trip back to Blue Ridge.
You can pack a picnic lunch or walk around the town. We wanted to have a fun picnic but didn’t bring one, so got a spot at the pavilion picnic tables (where the train drops you off) and grabbed take out.
Then we went for a walk around the town. It was fun to show the kids that we had crossed over into a neighboring state.
After the train ride, we walked around Blue Ridge and grabbed some ice cream.
I’d love to go back for the Fall Foliage. The Fall Foliage trips go from end of September to early November.
Have you ridden on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway? What are your thoughts? Leave me a comment below.
HI! I’m a Shana, self-proclaimed Media Mixologist, wife, and mom to two little girls. I love to mix up cocktails of crafts, recipes, wellness, family and business with just the right amount of sparkle to help you shine everyday. So, grab a glass, and let’s celebrate the cocktail of life!