A trip to the picturesque city of Blue Ridge, located in the Chattahoochee National Forest, is like stepping back in time when you visit, and a comfortable and unique way to explore this quaint city and the surrounding areas is aboard the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway. The trip begins at the historic Georgia railroad depot in downtown Blue Ridge and makes its way along the scenic route alongside the Toccoa River; the area the Blue Ridge Railway travels is known for its extensive collection of fine antique shops.
The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway makes a round trip starting at the city's historic railroad depot, built in 1905. The train ride lasts approximately four hours with various stops along the way at Copperhill, Tennessee and McCaysville, Georgia. Stops along the Blue Ridge Railway route allow travelers to shop at local antique and craft shops, have lunch, and sightsee around the two cities before boarding for the return trip. Guests will travel in vintage cars on the historic Georgia railroad in open air or comfortable climate-controlled railcars.
If you're planning to visit in the fall, the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway has special pumpkin picking trips in October, during which you will visit Farmer Brown's pumpkin patch field and pick out your own to take home. During November, the railway has special twilight trips where travelers have a two-hour layover for dinner and a visit to Santa's Christmas Village before returning to the depot. Blue Ridge is in a beautiful part of Georgia close to numerous parks and the Appalachian Trail, and there are plenty of hotels in Blue Ridge for those who would like to stay in town longer.