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Journey Through History and Nature on the Hiwassee River Scenic Railroad

Spring and Summer in East Tennessee is a time of renewal, with the landscape bursting into bloom and the Hiwassee River Scenic Railroad offering the perfect way to experience it. With two distinct rides, the Hiwassee Loop and the Copperhill Special, you have the opportunity to explore the area’s stunning scenery and rich heritage. Book your tickets today for an unforgettable journey.

The Hiwassee Loop: A Scenic Marvel

The Hiwassee Loop is a 4.5-hour excursion that showcases the breathtaking beauty of East Tennessee. This ride takes you through the lower Hiwassee River Gorge, offering spectacular views of the river and surrounding mountains. The highlight of the trip is the Bald Mountain Loop, an engineering marvel that allows the train to spiral over itself to navigate the steep terrain.

  • Tickets: Book Here
  • Duration: 4.5 hours
  • Highlights: River Gorge, Bald Mountain Loop, scenic vistas

The Copperhill Special: An All-Day Adventure

For those seeking a full-day experience, the Copperhill Special is the perfect choice. This 8-hour journey includes a visit to the charming town of Copperhill, where you can explore local shops and enjoy a meal. The ride features the same beautiful scenery as the Hiwassee Loop, plus the added time of a 1.5-hour layover in Copperhill.

  • Tickets: Book Here
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Highlights: River gorge, Bald Mountain Loop, Copperhill town visit, local shops and restaurants

The Historic Significance of the Hiwassee River Scenic Railroad

The Hiwassee River Scenic Railroad is a living testament to the region’s past. The tracks, dating back to the early 1900s, were crucial in developing East Tennessee by providing a vital transportation link. Today, the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum preserves this legacy, offering passengers a journey through time.

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  1. Why is the Bald Mountain Loop important?
    1. The Bald Mountain Loop represents a significant achievement in railway engineering. Constructed to manage the area’s steep and challenging terrain, the loop allows trains to ascend gradually by spiraling over themselves. This ingenious design was vital for facilitating transportation in the early 20th century.
  2. What is the historical background of Copperhill?
    1. Copperhill’s history is intertwined with the copper mining industry that thrived in the early 1900s. The railroad was essential in transporting copper, which contributed to the town’s growth and development. Today, Copperhill remains a charming town with historic significance, offering a glimpse into the region’s industrial past.
  3. What activities are available during the Copperhill Special layover?
    1. During the layover in Copperhill, passengers can explore the town’s quaint shops and savor a meal at one of the local restaurants. The town’s historical charm, combined with modern conveniences, makes it an enjoyable stop for visitors interested in both history and local culture.

Plan Your Journey Today

Experience the best of East Tennessee’s natural beauty and rich heritage with the Hiwassee River Scenic Railroad. Book your tickets now and embark on a journey that combines breathtaking views and rich history. Book Your Ride

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