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Hiwassee River Rail Adventure

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Fun train ride with great scenery and fascinating narration

We have taken several train excursions, and this is one of the best! We took the full-day Hiwassee... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Dawsonville, Georgia
via mobile
Great Day Trip

Nothing fancy but comfortably refurbished train cars (ours was 1948) with small snack bar onboard... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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  • Average3%
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  • Terrible1%
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“school bus”(7 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
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L &N Railroad Depot, Etowah, TN 37331
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have taken several train excursions, and this is one of the best! We took the full-day Hiwassee Loop trip. We parked adjacent to the L&N train depot in downtown Etowah, picked up our tickets in the train depot, then walked 2 blocks to catch...More

Thank 646lorit
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nothing fancy but comfortably refurbished train cars (ours was 1948) with small snack bar onboard. The trip winds around the banks of the Hiwassee and Occoee rivers and climbs a loop up Bald Mountain. Very enjoyable scenic views. The tiny town of Copperhill has various...More

Thank weisslakegirl
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took the all day train ride from the L& N Depot to Copperhill, TN. Although it was raining, the trip was a shining light in the clouds and gloom. The bus ride to the train was interesting. These old school buses have seen their...More

Thank robertdtn
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I never have been on a train ride before so we decided this would be a fun trip for our anniversary. We really enjoyed it; the staff was friendly and the conductor was great, even bringing out his banjo to play a few tunes! The...More

Thank GrannyFrances
Reviewed 1 October 2018 via mobile

I never expected it to be as much fun as it was I loved every moment and everyone goes out of their way to make it special beginning to end. I cant wait to go back again ! I loved the town we stopped in...More

Thank curd2003
Reviewed 10 September 2018 via mobile

If you like the fun and romance of an old fashioned train ride coupled with beautiful views, then this trip is for you. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The train is comfortable and sometimes gets a little cool, so bring a jacket. The staff is friendly...More

Thank gafood
Reviewed 20 August 2018

We went here to pick up our tickets for the Hiwassee Train Ride. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Since we are disabled and elected to drive to the train station, they gave us directions. We will plan another ride very soon.

1  Thank 71douglasm
Reviewed 19 August 2018 via mobile

It you like trains and mountains you will love this day trip. Make your resivations in advance. This is about an eight hour trip so if you have young children be prepared. The dome cars are expensive but very nice, most people don’t know this...More

1  Thank JMark133
Reviewed 14 August 2018

We rode the Hiwassee River Train on July 29, 2018. We sprung for the dome car, based on other reviews I read. We wound up seated at a table across from two strangers, who were friendly enough, but it's very odd to sit face-to-face with...More

1  Thank linseaweed
Reviewed 1 August 2018

We got reservations for the Hiwassee Loop Ride on June 24, 2018. There were severe storms the night before, but it was sunny and clear when we boarded the train. Started raining just a bit but on we went. Conductor was wonderful, explaining all the...More

2  Thank Jane H
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7 September 2018|
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Response from basset55 | Reviewed this property |
Don't remember the actual price but it's on the website. We sat in the top of the dome car, great view but it's nearly as good on the lower level and looked like there was more room.
15 August 2018|
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Response from goingplacesgirl | Reviewed this property |
If you do ride the bus, it is very crowded. When the bus drops you off, it is about 100 feet from where you board the bus. Not far at all. There is a covered ramp to get to the train. Also, the seats in Coach do recline.
21 July 2018|
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Response from basset55 | Reviewed this property |
Should be, particularly if it's a nice light rain to bring out the colors of the foliage. You're only outside on the walk from the station to the bus (or your car) and from the bus to the train.