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Adult Ages 13+
Child Ages 2 - 12
Observation Car Ages 13+
Algonquin Park Dome Ages 13+
Dome 9410 All Ages

Ride Through the Famous Hiwassee Loop

Embark on the scenic Ride Through the Famous Hiwassee Loop and delight in a 50-mile roundtrip journey through the stunning lower Hiwassee River gorge. Our excursion commences at 1:30 p.m. and concludes around 5:30 p.m., encompassing a 5-hour adventure that will take you to the apex of the renowned Hiwassee Loop. Witness this incredible railway marvel near Farner, Tennessee, where the tracks intriguingly cross over themselves as they spiral up the mountain. Notably, there are only six such loops in North America, with this one being the sole example east of the Mississippi River. Please note that there is no layover on this trip; passengers will enjoy the entire duration on the train.

The railroad over which Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum trains travel on its Hiwassee River Scenic Railroad was formerly part of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad’s Atlanta Division stretching between Etowah, Tennessee, and Marietta, Georgia.

IMPORTANT: Ticket prices vary for the Fall Premium dates, which occur in October through the first two weeks of November.


We had such a wonderful time riding the Hiwassee Loop James B - Fall 2022

We had such a wonderful time riding the Hiwassee Loop, the crew was so personal and engaging and made the trip so informative and enjoyable. I highly recommend taking this trip or any trip the TVR offers, you won’t be disappointed!

– Google Review
We road on the Hiwassee loop train out of Delano. David C - Fall 2022

We road on the Hiwassee loop train out of Delano. It was a great experience. The volunteers and staff are all very pleasant and knowledgeable. The trip back with the banjo playing and singing was the cherry on top of a perfect day...... We didn't get to the museum in Chattanooga yet but we hope we can soon .....thank you and keep up the great work of preserving history

– Google Review
a bridge over a body of water
Amazing Hiwassee River Train Trip Frances M - Fall 2022

What a wonderful experience. We wanted to see the changing of the leaves and we were not disappointed. The scenery was like traveling through a Monet painting. The train trip was quite an adventure. We spotted a bald eagle that flew along beside the train for a short distance. The commentator was excellent. We heard all the history about the area and the building of the train tracks. Most of us brought picnic lunches since the trip was 5 1/2 hours long, round trip, non stop. The commissary car did sell limited food items and souvenirs. We had some musical entertainment about half way through the trip which was fun. I recommend this trip regardless of the time of year. The train company offers a variety of excursions with different themes, times and travel lengths. Put this one on your Bucket List for sure.

– TripAdvisor
a train engine carrying carts down a track
Throwback to a bygone Era Travel-USA-Awesome - Fall 2022

Peaceful ride on a dreary day through the beautiful scenery along the Hiwassee River Gorge. Choose to upgrade for dome view (1st class), very nice with complimentary snacks and beverages along the way. Our car hostess, LouAnne, was very cordial and gave some history behind the trains. Narration along the way was both informative and light hearted. 2 hour layover in McCaysville, GA allowed time for lunch and some shopping.

– TripAdvisor