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**Please note that we are switching our ticketing software and should have it updated by first of February.**

Trip Details:

Take an extended day-trip excursion through the lower Hiwassee River Gorge, over the Hiwassee Loop, and onto the joint cities of Copperhill, TN, and McCaysville, GA.  Total 94-mile round trip.  Have lunch on your own during the 90-minute layover before returning to Etowah.  Departure time is 9:30 a.m. and return is generally around 5:45 p.m.

The "Copperhill" route is the same as for “Loop” trips, but after traversing the river gorge and negotiating the spiral near Farner, the train continues a longer distance through Turtletown and Ducktown to the former mining town of Copperhill.  DIRECTIONS

The railroad over which Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum trains travel on its Hiwassee River Rail Adventures was formerly part of the Louisville and Nashville (L&N) Railroad’s Atlanta Division stretching between Etowah, TN and Marietta, Georgia. Learn more


Ticket prices vary by season and date; prices shown below are for Fall 2018:

Cost is $80 per adult, and $45 per child ages 2-12.  Children under 2 years ride free if not occupying a seat.  Due to demand and limited capacity, prices are slightly higher during the peak Autumn season.  All trains run rain or shine.  Ticket sales are final.

For special savings, consider our Family 4-pack which includes 2 adult and 2 child tickets for just $159.  This offer is good on most trips from March through September.




Premium seating is available:

  • Observation areas tickets start at $130 per ticket (Observation car is in the back of the train and requires an individual to walk through 5 passenger cars to these seats.) - Not recommended for individuals with mobility/walking issues.
  • Dome tickets start at $145 per ticket (Additional to walking through five passenger cars, an individual for a dome seat must be able to walk up 8 short steps for their seat.) - Not recommended for individuals with mobility/walking issues.

See information HERE

Special rates available for groups of 25 or more during the "non-peak" season, and charter trips can be arranged for groups of 80 or more. Contact the TVRM office for information.


Copperhill Special

This video shows Hiwassee Loop which is a half a day trip. Copperhill Special trip follows the same path and/or railroad line but continues to Copperhill.








Special Assistance Parking/Info:

Does your party have any special assistance? 

  • Don't take the bus in Etowah, but please pick up your tickets then go to Gee Creek State Park to meet the train.
  • A loading ramp is available at the train boarding location and in Copperhill. 

Gee Creek State Park: 

404 Spring Creek Rd, Delano, TN 37325

For anyone requiring special assistance information and/or details, please contact the railroad office in advance at 423-894-8028.

Food Option:

  • Dining is not available on the train, though snacks and drinks are sold on board.
  • There are many restaurants in downtown Copperhill and McCaysville to choose from.
  • You are also welcomed to bring your own lunch with you (alcohol is prohibited on board the train).


At the L&N depot, but NOT at the big window with the "Tickets". First door on the left after walking in the depot. **Please remember to bring your online voucher/receipt to the L&N depot for your official Tennessee Valley Railroad keepsake ticket.**


Additional Information:

Snack items are available for sale on the train including soft drinks, coffee, water, chips, crackers, and candy bars.

Souvenirs are sold onboard including t-shirts, caps, and books.

Restrooms are located on each train car.

Trains consist of enclosed, climate-controlled coaches pulled by a diesel locomotive.

All seating is general admission onto the train.

The L&N Depot & Museum is located at 727 Tennessee Ave SOUTH in Etowah, TN 37331. 



Fall Foliage Map:

2018 Fall Foliage Map from the Weather Channel

Train Dates:

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Aboard the Tennessee Valley Railroad, you will ride a rolling time machine providing the sights and sounds of yesteryear.