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Delano Scenic Train Rides

Exploring the Hiwassee Loop or Copperhill Special

Explore the Hiwassee River Scenic Railroad Train Rides

East Tennessee’s landscape offers breathtaking beauty, and there’s no better way to experience this than by taking a scenic train ride from Delano. These train trips offer a unique blend of natural splendor and charm filled with rich history, providing an unforgettable experience for all ages. Let’s delve into the details of these standout train rides: the Hiwassee Loop and the Copperhill Special.

Hiwassee River Scenic Railroad train rides offer a perfect blend of scenic beauty and charm, making them a top choice for year-round adventures. Whether you’re exploring the Hiwassee Loop, embarking on the Copperhill Special, each journey promises a memorable experience. Book your tickets today and enjoy the unique combination of stunning landscapes and rich history that these train rides offer. ↓

Journey Through History

The Hiwassee River Scenic Railroad: Hook and Eye Line

Discover the scenic beauty of the Hiwassee River Scenic Railroad, operated by the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum. These trains travel on tracks that were originally part of the Louisville and Nashville (L&N) Railroad’s Atlanta Division, stretching from Etowah, TN to Marietta, Georgia.

The line, finished in 1890, initially used switchbacks to climb the mountains. However, by 1898, a loop around Bald Mountain replaced these switchbacks, creating one of only three such loops in the United States. Together with a double “S” curve near Jasper, Georgia, this gave the route its nickname, the Hook and Eye Line.

In the early 1900s, the L&N established a new, more efficient route, relegating the Hook and Eye to secondary status. It continued serving the Copperhill mining operations until 2001, when CSX Transportation abandoned it. The Tennessee Overhill Heritage Association purchased the tracks in 2002, preserving them for preservation purposes, with the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum as the operator.

On your journey, you’ll experience breathtaking views of the Lower Hiwassee River Gorge, waterfalls, wildlife, mountains, and remnants of historic settlements. It’s an adventure that combines the splendor of nature with the rich history of Tennessee’s railroads.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the best time for Train Rides in Tennessee?

    • Tennessee offers beautiful landscapes year-round. Spring brings blooming flowers, summer offers lush greenery, fall features vibrant foliage, and winter showcases serene wintery landscapes, especially during holiday-themed rides.

  • Are the train rides suitable for kids?

    • Absolutely! These train rides are great for children and offer an educational experience as well. They can learn about the history of the railroad while enjoying the scenic views.

  • Are there dining options available on the train?

    • Most of the train trips have a commissary onboard for purchasing snacks and beverages.  However, it’s best to check with the specific train service for detailed information. Call 423-894-8028 for food option details.


Hiwassee River Railroad Map

Scenic Train Rides Along the Hiwassee River Gorge

Embark on the Hiwassee River Rail Adventure Today

Map shows the Hiwassee River Railroad routes from Etowah, TN, with a short loop and a day-long ride to Copperhill, including a layover for lunch.


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