All Aboard These Georgia Train Rides

Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

Do you have a little train lover in your family, too? You’re in luck! Georgia is rich with railroad history. Here are nine train excursions around Georgia for your future engineer.

Blue Ridge Scenic Railway in Blue Ridge. By no means have we made our rounds to every train adventure in Georgia, but of those we have visited, BRSR is our family favorite. Our kids prefer the open-air car for the ride to McCaysville where we straddle the Ga/Tn line for a photo op, and enjoy lunch by the river. This train ride made our list of 52 Georgia Adventures Every Kid Must Experience.

Stone Mountain Park in Stone Mountain. Catch a ride on the 1940s open-air train for a ride around the base of Stone Mountain. Your ride is free with an Adventure Pass into the park.

The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History in Kennesaw. You’ll find a plethora of artifacts here from the Civil War, including much about the use of railroads during that time period. The best part? This is home to The General made famous during the Great Locomotive Chase of 1862.

Locust Grove Train Watching Platform in Locust Grove. Pack a picnic and spread out on this safe and comfy platform to watch more than 40 trains pass through each day.

 

All aboard!
All aboard!

 

Southeastern Railway Museum in Duluth. Visitors are free to roam the museum grounds, closely examining over 90 pieces of transit equipment. Several cars beckon to be explored from inside. Be sure to see the website for multiple family-friendly events throughout the year. My toddler loves the Mommy and Me program.

SAM Shortline in Cordele. Ride a vintage train from Cordele to one of several stops, including Leslie, Ga, home of the Rural Telephone Museum and Plains, Ga, made famous by Jimmy Carter. An overnight at Lake Blackshear will make it a weekend to remember.

St. Marys Express Train Rides in St. Marys. While adults are welcome welcome, St. Marys sets its sights on introducing kids to railway adventure. Try the Wild West Steam Express excursion or the Pirates Express through woodlands and marsh.

Wild West Steam Express
Wild West Steam Express

Thronateeska Heritage Center in Albany. Walk through Albany’s historic Union Station and view a steam locomotive. Don’t miss the Model Railroad Exhibit inside one of the train cars. If you are looking for a family adventure in Albany, here are a few other optimal stops.

Georgia State Railroad Museum in Savannah. This National Historic Landmark includes an operational turntable. Visitors can explore railcars and take guided tours. Rides are also available on steam or diesel trains.

Published: May 2015
Lesli Peterson
Lesli is the owner of 365 Atlanta Traveler , which offers a daily dose of inspiration for metro-area families. She is also a freelance writer for several online and print-based publications. From her home base of Atlanta, Lesli spends her time life-learning with the kids one adventure at a time, and sharing her experiences along the way.