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Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

Blue Ridge, GA, USA
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About Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
A great family adventure on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway (BRSR) starts at the historic depot, built in 1905, in downtown Blue Ridge, Georgia. This charming mountain village is nestled in the lush Chattahoochee National Forest and is known for it’s pleasant and unique shopping with friendly folks and an old-time atmosphere. Total excursion is 26 miles (4 hours round-trip) winding along the beautiful Toccoa River in passenger’s choice of vintage, climate controlled rail cars or open-air rail cars arriving in the quaint sister towns of McCaysville, Georgia and Copperhill, Tennessee. Passengers have a 2 hour layover in McCaysville/Copperhill; plenty of time to eat lunch, shop for unique crafts and antiques, snack on ice cream, or walk across the old bridge in town to view the river.
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floridagal893 wrote a review 17 Sep
Hudson, Florida111 contributions67 helpful votes
A trip back in time for us, and a lovely ride thru the Blue Ridge moutains. The staff was extremely helpful( my husband is handicapped and requires use of a scooter), and informative. They pointed out interesting bits of local history along the way and advised us on places to visit and eat at during our stop.
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Date of experience: September 2021
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Nicole P wrote a review 11 Sep
Boynton Beach, Florida455 contributions100 helpful votes
We've ridden the train twice this year. We rode it in March during our spring break and again Labor Day weekend when we brought the in-laws along the second time. Everyone from the grandparents down to the 4 year old enjoyed it. We always do the open air train rather than the enclosed seats. It's nice to sit and watch and relax along the way. In both March and September the weather was nice for the open air train, not too cold and not too hot. The city it lays over in is nothing special. Both times we just had lunch and wandered around town then headed back to the train. I've seen a few comments about it being expensive, but we felt like the experience is worth it.
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Date of experience: September 2021
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Jared C wrote a review 1 Sep
Millbrook, Alabama13 contributions2 helpful votes
My wife and I went for our 12 yr anniversary this past weekend. We had a great time in general, but next time I think open air would be a better experience. We loved the fact everyone came out to wave at the train too and from. The lady (Maryann I believe) managed our cart (D) was so sweet and actually engaged in conversation with everyone. The right side of the train is best ! That's where the view of the house and river really is. I loved the fact it wasn't packed. You ride for an hour then get off for roughly 2 hours then back on for an hour. The only disappointment was we thought the ride would be longer in itself especially for the price, but it isn't bad enough for us not to do it again. Next time we'll definitely have the kiddos. The town we stopped in was really cute, blink of eye but everyone super friendly. All in all we had a great experience, definitely bring the kids they'll love it ***Note to add, I see many reviews saying nothing "scenic" about it all woods, well yeah there are alot of wooded areas (left side) but remember when trains were the way of transportation this is what they saw as well and you in the mountains soooo. It's the experience of a train, the feeling and sound.
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Date of experience: August 2021
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Response from brscenic, Owner at Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave an excellent rating. It pleases us to know that you and your wife decided to share your anniversary with us and that y'all thoroughly enjoyed your trip. Your feedback helps us to improve service for everyone. We look forward to seeing you and your family aboard again soon!
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Anita B wrote a review Aug 2021
Melbourne, Florida61 contributions16 helpful votes
It was a ok thing to do in Blue Ridge. Liked the scenery of the river. A lot of it is just a wall of trees though. We were a bit bored. All the workers were super friendly. I am glad we went.
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Date of experience: July 2021
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A S wrote a review Jul 2021
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If you or your little ones like trains this is great! We were expecting a bit more from it-more scenic, like riding on the side of a mountain with views for miles etc. We did the ride without the layover in the very quaint towns-very happy we chose that option. The ride is one way to the towns then right back the same way you came. There are some lovely views of the river but lots of yards, front yards, back yards. The homeowners seemed super sweet and waved as the train rode by one way then back again. We rode in the open air car 2975. It is connected to the concession car and restrooms on the other adjoining car-super convenient. The staff, from will call to car person, were extremely kind, helpful and knowledgeable. Mr. Jeff, our car person, gave great tidbits of information and seemed passionate about the area. He was very friendly. If you want the lovely, picturesque scenic train ride you would picture described in a novel or shown in a movie, this may not fulfill that. It was a nice experience all around for what it is. Again staff we’re all very kind, the old cars were neat and the history lesson was informative. The kids enjoyed it very much. **Restaurants in the area were open later but shops close at 5. There is a fantastic park/playground in the city center, up from the train that is great for kids visiting the area.
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Date of experience: July 2021
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