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October has arrived, bringing with it the enchanting hues of autumn. As the leaves begin to change, there’s no better way to witness the spectacular fall colors than by embarking on a stunning half-day train ride through the Hiwassee River Gorge. This season, the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum (TVRM) invites you to join us on this unforgettable journey.

A Ride Like No Other

The Hiwassee River Gorge train ride is renowned for its breathtaking scenery, but what truly sets it apart is the engineering marvel you’ll experience along the way. As the train ascends Bald Mountain, it corkscrews through a loop, a feat of engineering ingenuity dating back to the early 1900s. This unique track configuration allows the train to gain elevation in a confined space, offering passengers an unparalleled perspective of the surrounding landscape.

A Symphony of Colors

Autumn’s arrival transforms the Hiwassee River Gorge into a vibrant tapestry of reds, oranges, yellows, and browns. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, a photographer, or simply someone looking to take in the beauty of the season, this train ride offers the perfect vantage point. As the train winds its way through the gorge, you’ll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the colors and textures of the landscape, with panoramic views that change with every twist and turn.

Plan Your Journey

The fall colors in the Hiwassee River Gorge are a fleeting spectacle, so don’t miss your opportunity to experience them from the comfort of our train. Here’s what you need to know to plan your trip:

  • Duration: The train ride lasts half-day, providing ample time to soak in the scenery.
  • Features: Along the way, you’ll learn about the history and engineering of the Bald Mountain Loop, enhancing your appreciation of this incredible journey.
  • Booking: Tickets are selling fast, so we recommend booking in advance to secure your seat.