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Autumn is right around the corner, and with it comes the opportunity to embark on two of the most scenic train rides in the East Tennessee. The Hiwassee Loop and Copperhill Special offer breathtaking views and an unforgettable experience for train enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.


For those seeking a shorter, yet thrilling journey, the Hiwassee Loop is the perfect option. On this 50-mile round trip, passengers will witness the majesty of the lower Hiwassee River gorge, culminating in the famous “Hiwassee Loop.” Here, the tracks ingeniously cross over themselves in a corkscrew fashion as they ascend the mountain near Farner, Tennessee.

This 4½-hour excursion will leave you enchanted by the natural beauty of the area. Get your tickets here!


If you’re looking for a more extended adventure, the Copperhill Special provides a full day of scenic exploration. This 94-mile round trip takes passengers through the lower Hiwassee River Gorge, over the Hiwassee Loop, and onto the joint cities of Copperhill, TN, and McCaysville, GA.

After a 90-minute layover, where passengers can enjoy lunch on their own, the train returns to Delano, generally arriving around 5:45 p.m. This route is filled with historic sights, including the mining town of Copperhill. Book your Copperhill Special ride here!

Join the Journey

Both the Hiwassee Loop and Copperhill Special run this fall, providing unique and unforgettable experiences for riders of all ages. These excursions are not just train rides; they are a journey through time and nature, revealing the history, culture, and breathtaking landscapes of Tennessee.

These train rides are more than a means of transportation; they are memories in the making. With laughter, fun, and the rhythmic “choo-choo” of the train, it’s an adventure that the whole family can enjoy.

About Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum:

The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum is a railway museum located in Chattanooga and Delano, Tennessee. It was established in 1961 to preserve and operate historic railway equipment for the education and enjoyment of future generations. The museum features a variety of vintage trains and railcars, including steam locomotives, diesel locomotives, passenger cars, and freight cars. Visitors can experience the history of rail travel through excursions, exhibits, and hands-on activities. The museum operates on a historic rail line, offering scenic rides through the Hiwassee Loop and providing a unique perspective on the region’s history and culture. With its rich heritage, educational programs, and engaging events, the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum is a must-visit destination for railway enthusiasts and history buffs alike.