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“Lots of pretty views, a little history”

Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
Ranked #5 of 46 things to do in Blue Ridge
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: A great family adventure on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway (BRSR) starts at the historic depot, built in 1905, in downtown Blue Ridge, Georgia. This charming mountain village is nestled in the lush Chattahoochee National Forest and is known for it’s pleasant and unique shopping with friendly folks and an old-time atmosphere. Total excursion is 26 miles (4 hours round-trip) winding along the beautiful Toccoa River in passenger’s choice of vintage, climate controlled rail cars or open-air rail cars arriving in the quaint sister towns of McCaysville, Georgia and Copperhill, Tennessee. Passengers have a 2 hour layover in McCaysville/Copperhill; plenty of time to eat lunch, shop for unique crafts and antiques, snack on ice cream, or walk across the old bridge in town to view the river.
Reviewed 2 February 2012

The train cars are nice and fairly comfortable. It was a hot and humid day and we enjoyed the breezes once we got going. I was very glad not to be in one of the cars that had a lavatory, the sickly sweet smell of lavatory liquid was pretty gross in that car. We were assigned seats in one of the open air cars and I much preferred that environment. The dining car was a snack bar with a fairly limited selection of items. Hint - go to the coffeeshop/smoothie shop located across the tracks from the ticket office after your ride. Not sure if you could carry open drinks on board.

The views from the train include a lot of trees. After all, this is Georgia/Tennesse hill country. The views along the river are lovely and include some ancient fish traps from the American Indians that used to populate this area. There are some other historic sites along the way. It's rather hard to hear the conductor relaying information about them though.

It's pretty and a relaxing way to spend some hours, especially with older relatives who wouldn't do as well on hikes. Another note, there's a guy with a golf cart that will ferry less able passengers back to their cars. Our aunt greatly appreciated that friendly service.

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Reviewed 11 January 2012

One of the most beautiful and scenic drives. Blue Ridge is one of my most favorite places all year round.

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Reviewed 6 January 2012

the ride was really a family event still have fond memories and was enjoyed multi-generationally

Thank tobyminter
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Reviewed 3 January 2012

We had a great time! My preschooler loves trains and he and I spent most of the trip in the vestibule between cars most of the time just enjoying the sights.

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Reviewed 11 December 2011

Worth it? I guess. Seen it and done it, is more my opinion. Great for the young kids.. 1st train ride and all of that but don't get your hopes up when you visit Mcaysville, GA. Santa Village was a joke and Santa wasn't even there. He was done the rode under a pavilion sitting on a La-z-boy. Kind of funny. Make sure you have an idea on dinner to. when the train pulls in, its a mad dash to find someplace to eat. We ate at the Pearly Gates Cafe and was the 2nd table to sit down and the last one to be served. Food was descent, what we got, but would not go back. Santa did come thru with Jingle Bells for all the kids and he was pretty good. Other than that, SIT ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE TRAIN going there. Most views are out that side. The temperature was in the 20's and the train was full! Even the open cars. Don't know how they didn't freeze, but make sure you sit inside. We had the 1st car after the Engine, and was about the best one, the others looked inside like subway cars.
Worth it for the young one's, but have patience!

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