Beautiful ride through some beautiful areas of southern Kentucky. There are a few different ticket options for you to purchase and the website isn't very helpful or descriptive. After reading the descriptions, I settled on purchasing the ride and trail tickets. This included lunch and allowed time to explore the Blue Heron Coal Mine. Turns out I could have saved money if I had just purchased the regular adult ticket. The website made it sound like there wasn't a "layover" at the coal mine for the basic ticket, but there was a good hour and half layover for you to go and explore the area.
I'd spring for the $30 ticket if you want to go explore some of the 7 and 8 mile trails around the mine. You can also pack a picnic lunch and enjoy it at the picnic tables at the coal mine site. Great idea if you don't want to pay $4 for nachos or BBQ sandwich or $2.75 for a hotdog. Again, if you get the ride and trail ticket you get your choice of BBQ or hotdog for lunch with drink, chips and a moonpie.
We had a beautiful ride and there is a great tunnel you get to go through. Sit on the left side of the train during both parts of the trip. There are great photo opportunities from the left side.
Wonderful way to spend a Saturday or Sunday!
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