Georgia is littered with train tracks, as we already discovered how rich and fruitful the railroad history in the state was with
These 10 Rare Photos Show Georgia’s Railroad History Like Never Before. But what’s so wonderful is the fact that there are still trains chugging along to this day that take passengers and families on day excursions throughout Georgia and even beyond. Here are a few of them, to start planning your next train adventure.
1. McCaysville, Georgia
By way of the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, you can take the train all the way to McCaysville, Georgia and spend the day eating, shopping, and crossing over the Georgia/Tennessee border. We highly recommend on this trip you visit Georgia Boy BBQ, for a rib feast like you've never had before. Also take a stroll down Toccoa Avenue, and wander through some of the local shops in order to explore the town fully.
2. Copperhill, Tennessee
While the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway takes you to McCaysville, you can actually wander into Copperhill, Tennessee, too and keep the day trips coming. Once Toccoa Avenue turns into Ocoee Street, then you're officially in Tennessee. Make sure to explore the variety of shops and art galleries. Or grab a delicious lunch at The Copper Grill, fit with belly-filling sandwiches, fries, and burgers.
3. Cordele, Georgia
The SAM Shortline Excursion Train is a popular train in Georgia to take day trips throughout the state. The last stop of this train winds up in Cordele, Georgia, a city with such a unique and rich military history. Known as the watermelon capital of the world, you can travel to Cordele via train and spend the day at the Georgia Veterans Memorial State Park, or grab a bite at Smoakies Bar-B-Que.
4. Chattanooga, Tennessee
The Tennessee Valley Railroad has a roundtrip from Chattanooga, Tennesee to Chickamauga, Georgia and back. You can explore everything the beautiful mountain valley city has to offer, including loads of culture and weekend events. Explore the Tennessee Aquarium, or snag some scrumptious Southern food at Public House Restaurant.
5. Lake Blackshear
The SAM Shortline also heads to Lake Blackshear, where you and the family can spend the weekend fishing, hiking, camping, or staying at the lakeside resort. This day trip can easily turn into a much-deserved weekend getaway. Relax and unwind on the banks of the lake, enjoy the magical sunsets and sounds of lapping waves.
6. Tampa, Florida
Did you know that you could get to Tampa, Florida in about 8 hours on a train? That's right folks, for as low as $50 one way, you can take a day trip to the beautiful beaches of Tampa. Soak in the sun and the warm temps, while also exploring one of the most relaxed atmospheres on the east coast. Make sure before you head back to Georgia, you grab a sizzling plate of pad Thai at Wat Mongkolratanaram Thai Temple.
7. Leslie, Georgia
If you're looking for a special day-trip with the kids, filled with history and learning, then take the SAM Shortline and stop at Leslie, Georgia for The Rural Telephone Museum. This museum features one of the largest collections of antique telephones and telephone memorabilia in the world. Take a trip back in time, and then head over to The Hil for some savory eats and family-style dining atmosphere.