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Big South Fork Scenic Railway

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2/13/2017 Note! Big South Fork Scenic Railway is under new ownership and management. Brand new website will be posted 2/20/2017 with complete 2017 schedule. We are not operating January, February and March. Excursions will resume April 1st. The K&T...more
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
66 Henderson Street, Stearns, KY 42647
+1 800-462-5664
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Where to start!!! Love, love, loved it!!The Polar Express ride was BEYOND our expectations!! Everyone seemed happy to be there & smiles on everyone’s faces. I honestly did not see anyone frowning!! How often can you say that?? We went 1st class, 15.00 more per...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Reviewed 4 days ago

We have been to the Railway a number of times, and have always had a good time. The most recent trip was for The Polar Express ride. On an average day, the train ride is casual and fun, albeit a tad on the rough side...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank EricM5930
Reviewed 7 November 2018 via mobile

We went there with our friends while visiting Cumberland Falls. We needed an activity that required minimal walking. A ride on a train through fall foliage sounded perfect. While the interior of the train could use some maintenance (many seats had torn upholstery), we enjoyed...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Becky H
Reviewed 26 October 2018

We visited the Stearns area and rode on the Big South Fork Scenic Railway. We were really looking forward to this one, and sadly, it was a disappointment. We pre-purchased our tickets online a couple weeks prior. We added (for $11 each) a "coal miners...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank jim a
Reviewed 24 October 2018

Typical Scenic railway, train is slow and you don't have great views but interesting. You make stop at the Interpretive Center which was interesting and informative. Park Rangers are very nice and will answer your questions, stop is to long here, unless you are a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank rickyk949
Reviewed 10 October 2018

Road the train to Blue Heron, a closed cold mine, in the Big South Fork NRA. Nice ride. Enjoyed learning about the area and coal mining.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Barbara S
Reviewed 4 October 2018

This is a slow moving train that uses a voice recording over loudspeakers during the trip that describes areas (historic coal towns) as you pass by them. Once at the destination of Blue Herring, vending machines are moderately overpriced with water at $2.00 per bottle....More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Fred T
Reviewed 27 September 2018 via mobile

The children enjoyed this train ride immensely FOR THE FIRST 30 MINUTES. Then it was 2 more hours of hell. The Stopover run by the Park Service was lackluster at best, but at least we were off the train. There was a man in a...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank ritacU8295XZ
Reviewed 18 September 2018

We were scheduled to take the train ride to the mine. Drove 45 minutes only to find out the trip was cancelled without any notice. Clerks were very rude when I approached them to find out the issue. I have yet to receive a refund...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Hoticeky
Reviewed 10 September 2018

We went as a family and spent a pretty dollar for what we got. If you want to go on just a train ride, I suggest going in the day if cheaper. Not only our family but others were under the idea that is was...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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11 October 2018|
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Response from ritacU8295XZ | Reviewed this property |
I think the difference is negligible
1 December 2017|
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Response from MrsBray123001 | Reviewed this property |
I think they have several different types of cars. with different seating arrangements. The particular care we were on was like a school bus interior. There were vinyl padded bench seats on either side of a center aisle. The... More
Cindy C
22 July 2017|
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Response from Realmccoys765 | Reviewed this property |
The station is but not the train cars.