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Discover the Thrills of the Hiwassee River Scenic Railroad

As the spring air turns warmer, the Hiwassee River Scenic Railroad is gearing up to open its tracks on May 3, 2024, offering adventurers and train enthusiasts the chance to explore East Tennessee’s breathtaking landscapes. This season, two unique train journeys—the Hiwassee Loop and the Copperhill Special—promise passengers a rich blend of natural beauty and engineering prowess.

The Hiwassee Loop: A Journey Through Nature’s Artistry The season begins with the famous Hiwassee Loop ride. This approximately 4.5-hour excursion offers panoramic views of the lower Hiwassee River Gorge, showcasing nature’s artistry alongside the marvel of the Bald Mountain Loop’s engineering. This journey brings to life the area’s rich tapestry of flora and geological formations.

The Copperhill Special: A Day-Long Adventure Starting on May 4, the Copperhill Special invites you on a day-long journey. This ride extends beyond the Loop, traveling through historic sites and the serene landscapes of Turtletown and Ducktown, before reaching the quaint town of Copperhill, TN. Here, riders have a 90-minute layover—perfect for exploring local eateries and shops—before the return journey, encapsulating a total of 94 miles.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. What can passengers expect during these train rides? Passengers will experience stunning vistas, historical insights, and the unique thrill of traveling by train through some of Tennessee’s most picturesque settings. Each ride offers a different glimpse into the region’s natural with opportunities to learn about the areas traversed.
  2. How can tickets be purchased? Tickets for both the Hiwassee Loop and the Copperhill Special can be booked online through our secure portal at Book Your Train Adventure. We recommend booking early to secure your preferred dates, especially for the popular fall season.
  3. Are there any special considerations for the Fall Premium dates? Yes, during the peak fall foliage season, particularly from October to mid-November, pricing varies to reflect the high demand for these visually stunning trips. Details on pricing and availability during these premium dates are available on our website.

Historical Context of the Hiwassee River Rail Adventures The tracks on which the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum trains run were once part of the Louisville and Nashville (L&N) Railroad’s Atlanta Division, stretching between Etowah, Tennessee, and Marietta, Georgia. This route has carried passengers and freight through history, contributing significantly to the region’s development and offering a living history lesson to all who ride.

Support the Legacy of Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum: Your donation today can make a world of difference in preserving the rich heritage and continued success of the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum (TVRM). Donate now and be a part of our journey as we steam ahead into a promising future.