Hiwassee River Rail Adventure from Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum trains operate from Delano, Tennessee, taking riders through the scenic Hiwassee River Gorge, through the Cherokee National Forest, and around the famous "Loop" which is a 360-degree track spiral. Two route choices depending on dates: "Loop" trips to Farner, and all-day rides to Copperhill.
Hiwassee Loop Train Ride Details:
Enjoy a 50-mile roundtrip through the beautiful lower Hiwassee River gorge. This 5-hour round trip takes you to the top of the famous Hiwassee Loop, where the tracks cross over themselves as they corkscrew up the mountain near Farner, Tennessee. There are only 6 of these loops in North America and this is the only one ever East of the Mississippi River. There is no layover on this excursion so you will be on the train for the duration of the trip.
Copperhill Special Train Ride Details:
Take an extended day trip excursion through the lower Hiwassee River Gorge, over the Hiwassee Loop, and onto the joint cities of Copperhill, Tennessee, and McCaysville, GA. Total 94-mile round trip. Have lunch on your own during the 90-minute layover before returning. Departure time is 9:00 A.M. and return is generally around 5:30 P.M.
The “Copperhill” route is the same as for “Loop” trips, but after traversing the river gorge and negotiating the spiral near Farner, the train continues a longer distance through Turtletown and Ducktown to the former mining town of Copperhill.
The railroad over which Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum trains travel on its Hiwassee River Rail Adventures was formerly part of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad’s Atlanta Division stretching between Etowah, Tennessee, and Marietta, Georgia.
Satursday - 9:00 a.m.
Eastern Time Zone
For the most up-to-date hours and information, please contact Hiwassee River Rail Adventure directly.