6 Ways to See Georgia by Train this Fall
In addition to riding the trains, you can explore the history of trains at museums throughout the state. Here are the best ways to see Georgia's fall foliage in all its splendor via rail.
Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
Late September through early November, you can ride the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway on a 26-mile journey alongside the Toccoa River. Cars are either climate controlled or open-air, allowing you to pick the view and style you prefer for your ride. There is a two-hour layover in McCaysville, on the Georgia state line, where you can shop and eat lunch.
Okefenokee Swamp Park
Discover South Georgia’s autumn scenery via the Okefenokee Swamp Park Railroad. The Swamp Park train leaves the station in Waycross and takes riders on an hours-long journey, complete with a stop at history-rich Pioneer Island.
Pine Mountain Gold Museum & Scenic Railroad
Kids of all ages will enjoy a scenic trek around the mountain on the Pine Mountain Gold Museum's Golden Nugget engine. After your ride, learn about the 1826 gold rush in West Georgia, pan for gold and gemstones, see the farm animal exhibit and explore miles of trails within the 27-acre park in Villa Rica.
SAM Shortline Railroad
Riding in air-conditioned, 1949 vintage cars, you'll enjoy a mix of romantic yesteryear with the excitement of today's South. The Historic SAM Shortline Railroad stops in Cordele, Americus and Plains, small towns filled with fun attractions, restaurants and shopping.
Southeastern Railway Museum
The Southeastern Railway Museum in Duluth exhibits 90 pieces of railway history, including locomotives and Pullman cars. Throughout the year, museum visitors are invited to ride trains, including during a Christmas-themed program each holiday season.
Stone Mountain Park
Stone Mountain Park is home to a short railway that travels along the base of the giant landform. Great for kids, riding on the railway is included with your Adventure Pass purchase, as is Great Locomotive Chase Adventure Golf. Your sub-one-hour journey will take you through the wooded areas of the park.