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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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Billie N wrote a review Oct 20
Birmingham, Alabama4 contributions
Enjoyed a nice train ride with beautiful scenery! I will do this again on my next trip! Book early to get the desired trip, especially if you want the one that allows you to get off in McCaysville.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Sheryll Q wrote a review Oct 19
Lynn Haven, Florida18 contributions18 helpful votes
Relaxing ride enjoying the changing colors. Good commentary about some of the places we passed. The best part was the extraordinary staff and the kindness they showed assisting my husband on and off the train.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Chris B wrote a review Oct 19
Mount Airy, North Carolina21 contributions2 helpful votes
Great day to spend your trip in Blue Ridge Georgia during the Fall season, very clean and comfortable ride
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Date of experience: October 2020
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katielee31313 wrote a review Oct 18
Hinesville, Georgia386 contributions16 helpful votes
It is a train ride. Seems some reviewers expected more. We went with the idea of riding an old fashioned train and enjoyed it. The ride is slow and you can see some amazing foliage and rural living areas along the tracks. We rode during October when the leaves were turning and it was beautiful. We were able to get some nice photographs along the route and it was well worth the time to take the ride. Not something one would want to do over and over as it is the same route all the time. People were well spaced inside the train and it was clean and well maintained. It is a touristy attraction and has the accompanying prices for refreshments and a souvenir photograph taken by a contractor photographer. We actually plan to take the ride again when we come back next year with our grand daughter. The folks that run the train and work the cars were friendly and try to make it enjoyable. What more can you ask for.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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jamieshiver wrote a review Oct 17
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If you are thinking of buying tickets for this train ride because it sounds like the open air cars would be a covid friendly activity and the safety protocols listed on their website seem thorough, think again. My husband and I thought that this would be a well ventilated activity for our 5 yr olds Fall break and that there would be some covid precautions in place (based on what the website states), such as keeping the train cars less full so folks can spread out, not letting passengers switch from car to car, announcements encouraging mask wearing, sanitizing stations, etc. Despite having signs posted throughout the train that say "please maintain 6 ft of distance", no one did. We saw hardly anyone wearing masks. There was not one announcement over the speaker encouraging distancing or mask wearing. Our open air train car was packed so full, we were shoulder to shoulder with other passengers. Not even the fresh air can help a situation THAT packed. A lady a few people down from us had a hacking cough that we listened to the entire way back, no mask on. People from other cars go up and down the aisles, and anyone can switch which car they ride in, tickets aren't checked. We had people next to us on the way back who had previously been assigned to another car and just decided that they wanted to sit in our car for the return trip. An employee, who was well intentioned but absolutely not following the 6ft rule, bent down to where he was inches from my sons face when telling him something about the train. We originally had tickets booked for a Tuesday, but they called and told us we had to switch to a Monday due to staffing limitations for covid, that they were no longer running the train on Tuesdays. So the crowding absolutely makes sense now, being that they are condensing the number of trips they take when, during a pandemic, they should be doing the opposite! I just have to give this warning to anyone who thinks that the open air car could be a safer, low risk activity during the time of covid. It absolutely was not. And anything on the website stating that they are following certain protocols to keep guests safe is false.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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